Read what Turkish student Cansu Kutlualp had to say about Shakespeare Magazine at the Shakespeare: Counterstream Symposium in Istanbul

“Blogs are not the only written material that can be found online that highlights up-to-date Shakespearean information. There is a magazine, I find that it’s one of a kind, that is online and free for its readers. It’s called the Shakespeare Magazine and it’s a relatively new one.

Cansu Kutlualp speaks at the symposium.

Cansu Kutlualp speaks at the symposium.

“The team behind it is working enthusiastically for each issue, giving a chance for their readers to participate in the magazine itself. The content varies; it’s not traditional, it is a fresh breath for Shakespeare enthusiasts. Not only do they talk about upcoming shows but they explain what Shakespeare means to individuals, what they thought about certain plays, movies or the fact that every nation has a different take on Shakespeare.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

“In one issue they took on the World Cup that took place a few months ago and turned the whole thing into a Shakespearean process. What did Shakespeare mean for Brazil and its literary history? How much did Shakespeare affect the contemporary theatre, film or TV shows in Brazil? The magazine celebrates all kinds of global Shakespeare events and by doing so connects readers of all ages under the common and everlasting umbrella that is the Bard himself.

“I myself wrote a piece concerning Turkey and Shakespeare. Mr Pat Reid who is the Founder and the Editor of the magazine was so helpful and supportive that the article turned out to be a good one and it will be published in an upcoming issue.

Pat Reid, Shakespeare Magazine’s Founder & Editor.

Pat Reid, Shakespeare Magazine’s Founder & Editor.

“The magazine opens up discussions via social media too. Supporters of the magazine get to discuss their Shakespearean topics via Twitter or on the magazine’s Facebook page. A couple of months ago I was working on an essay for a class about Macbeth and psychoanalysis. After I finished my essay I asked via the magazine’s twitter page, what people thought about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s personalities. With Mr Reid’s input, and with the participation of the magazine’s readers, we had a fun and informative discussion. Then we couldn’t continue the discussion with the limitation of 140 characters, so we brought it to the Facebook page. I must say the whole discussion had me question what I had in my mind when the whole thing started.

The powerful and evocative poster for the symposium.

The powerful and evocative poster for the symposium.

“If you want to read the magazine you can find it on issuu.com which also contains the previous issues.