Richmond Shakespeare Society promise unique Shakespeare performance ‘Love’s Fool’ at this year’s Richmond Literature Festival

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A unique commissioned Shakespeare performance will feature as part of this year’s Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival.

The Richmond Shakespeare Society are performing ‘Love’s Fool’ on Saturday 15 November in the Grade 1 listed Octagon Room at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ.

A spokesperson says: “This is set to be a joyous celebration of the life of Shakespeare accompanied by Elizabethan music and song!”

Running from 2-29 November, the Festival has an eclectic line-up including esteemed actor Sheila Hancock, journalist Peter Snow, Dr Irving Finkel and much-loved British designer Emma Bridgewater. It is also hosting hugely popular and local author, Jacqueline Wilson as part of the children and young people’s programme.

You can get more information on the Richmond Literature Festival and book tickets for ‘RSS… Love’s Fool’ by clicking this link or follow on Twitter: @richmondlitfest

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Shakespeare gets a Pulp Fiction makeover with this irreverent cover art for new paperback editions of Othello and Romeo & Juliet – and we have 5 sets up for grabs!

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A glowering, ruffed-up Mr T as Othello? An inescapably post-teenage Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Romeo & Juliet? It can only mean one thing: William Shakespeare is receiving a cheeky remix from Pulp! The Classics.

With lurid, genre-splicing cover art from David Mann, the series already includes editions of classic novels like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, but Shakespeare is the first playwright to join their ranks.

And a spokesperson for Pulp! The Classics tells us they hope to release a complete set of Shakespeare titles in due course.

Priced £6.99, the Pulp! The Classics editions of Othello and Romeo & Juliet are on sale at bookshops from Thursday 6 November.

But if you don’t want to shell out your hard-earned groats, we have FIVE pairs of the Shakespeare titles to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning one simply send an email to us at with ‘Pulp Shakespeare!’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget to include your name, address and contact number. Closing date is Thursday 13 November – best of luck!

For more on Pulp! The Classics, check out their website here or follow on Twitter: @pulptheclassics

Beautiful Shakespeare ‘BookBench’ sold at charity auction on London’s Southbank in aid of National Literacy Trust

Painted by artist Lucy Dalzell, this Shakespeare BookBench sold for £3,800 at a charity auction this week – a bargain price, we think you’ll agree, for such a unique and evocative artefact.

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After ten weeks on a public art trail in London, the National Literacy Trust’s 50 BookBench sculptures designed by famous artists, children’s illustrators and prominent local artists, were auctioned on Tuesday 7 October 2014.

Hosted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Edward Rising and attended by literary names including Joanna Trollope and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, the ‘Books about Town’ auction raised a stunning £251,500. The most popular BookBenches on the night were Jeeves and Wooster (painted by Gordon Allum), which sold for £9,500, James Bond Stories (by Freyja Dean), which sold for £9,000 and War Horse (designed by Rae Smith and painted by Gerard Strong) which sold for £9,000.

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The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. They work with schools, run literacy projects in disadvantaged communities, and campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents alike.

Other BookBenches that may have special interest for Shakespeare fans included The Canterbury Tales BookBench (by Beth Quinton), which sold for £3,200, The Sherlock Holmes BookBench (by Val Osment). which sold for £4,000, and The Samuel Pepys’ Diary BookBench (by Michele Petit-Jean), which sold for £5,500

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