Stratford-Upon-Avon; A literary pilgrimage
It might seem strange to start a blog about the place where one playwright died with a visit to the place where another died, but when those playwrights are George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare then it is completely appropriate!
We’ve come up to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the 10th Anniversary LitHouses Conference, hosted by the inspirational Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
The wonderful Christmas light show at Shakespeare’s birthplace trust.
Representatives from literary houses across the country gathered to share experiences, ideas and plans for how to communicate our wonderful writers to our wonderful visitors! It was a great day, topped off with a stunning performance of Anthony and Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a beautiful place and it has been wonderful to follow in Shaw’s footsteps around this lovely town. Did you know that it was Shaw who coined the term “Bardolatory”? It means the obsessive adoration of Shakespeare! But we didn’t really see that in Stratford. From the mesmerisingly beautiful Sprite Symphony exhibition at the RSC, to the interpretation of the Birthplace, it all seemed a fitting tribute to a genius of words and the response he has inspired in his audiences over the generations.
Now we’re on the train, heading back to Hertfordshire, full to the brim of ideas from bringing our own man of genius even more to life!