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Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare with....A visit with author Jane Sutcliffe and a dramatic presentation of how, after all these years, Shakespeare continues to influence the English language. Come join the fun -- we have several skits performed by local kids to bring Shakespeare into the 21st century! 

Did you know that the world is celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare this year - 2016 - the 400th anniversary of his death in April of 1616.  The Blue Bunny will mark the occasion with author Jane Sutcliffe on April 9th at 2 p.m., sharing her new book Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk, a book about the language and times of the most famous English playwright. When Jane Sutcliffe set out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, she ran into a problem: Will's words kept popping up all over the place!  After all, Shakespeare is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words.  As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever. 

This book is geared for middle-grade children, but will also be of interest to others who love language and theater.  Sutcliffe describes London at the turn of the 17th century and how plays are written and put on in the Globe Theatre.  Running alongside this is a look at how Shakespeare introduced words and phrases we all still use today, such as “love letter” and “wild goose chase.” All welcome to join the fun!  Costumes welcome!