I’m delighted to know that my book Old, Bold and Won’t Be Told: Shakespeare’s Amazing Ageing Ladies has inspired the Studio Theatre, Ilfracombe, to plan a show featuring some of Shakespeare’s feisty older characters, such as Volumnia and Paulina. The group has the backing of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s nation-wide Open Stages Project and will be performing the show in Ilfracombe during March 2015 (Women’s History Month).
March 21st this year is World Poetry Day – established in 1999 by UNESCO to recognise the important role of poetry in cultures world-wide. I’m organising an afternoon of readings and discussion for Saltash U3A (of which excellent organisation I’m the current Chair). We’re taking as our theme Celebrating Our Third Age and as well as featuring work by Sophie Hannah, Sylvia Plath and Cornwall’s Charles Causley will enjoy the poetry of some of our own members.
Still on a ‘poetic’ theme – today is particularly sad as it sees the funeral of a dear friend and former colleague, the Welsh poet Nigel Jenkins. He died at the end of January, aged 64. It’s a tremendous loss to those who loved him, to the world of literature and to all who enjoy tough, challenging, yet beautiful writing.