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    Category Archive: Shakespeare on Toast

    British Psychological Society, Stamford Shakespeare Society, & Rebel Shakespeare Company!

    Apologies for the lateness in this post, but last week was somewhat frenetic.

    Following on from the great gig at Peter Parker’s Rock’n'Roll Club last Monday, I had been kindly invited to give the after-dinner speech at the British Psychological Society’s 2010 Conference in the ever-beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. A terrific evening, with much fascinating post-dinner in-depth analysis of Life, the Universe and Everything Shakespeare with some of the delegates.

    Then on Friday I whisked myself over to Tolethorpe Hall – a beautiful manor near Stamford, with a wonderful open-air theatre where the Stamford Shakespeare Society perform, to speak at the Cambridge Welland Valley branch of the English Speaking Union for their annual Shakespeare Literary Lunch!

    Last, but by no means least, a wonderful day in London’s Regent’s Park yesterday, running a workshop on Acting Shakespeare for a terrific bunch of young American actors, all members of the Rebel Shakespeare Company, from Salem, MA.

    Phew!

    BBC Blast – Othello Retold

    The workshop as part of Akala’s HipHop Shakespeare Company Othello Retold project with BBC Blast can now be seen on the BBC iPlayer

    And my father, David Crystal, has written a blog-post about it, so touched was he by one of the sequences…

    Toast on The Book Depository’s Fast Movers list

    Up a considerable 3,345% (!), Shakespeare on Toast is no.5 today in The Book Depository‘s Fast Mover’s list..

    Click here to see the list…

    Toast #1 in Poetry, Drama & Criticism genre on Amazon

    Toast has jumped to #257 in the Amazon sales rank, and is

    #1 in Books > Poetry, Drama & Criticism > History & Criticism > Drama & Dramatists > 16th to 18th Centuries
    #1 in Books > Poetry, Drama & Criticism > Shakespeare, William > Criticism & Study Aids
    #2 in Books > Study Books > Undergraduate & Postgraduate > Arts & Humanities > Literature & Drama

    Click here to grab a slice for yourself, and Buy The Book…

    Forthcoming…

    After selling out at The Bath Literature Festival, The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and the Shakespeare Bookshop Literary Lunch, a quick note to give the heads up to:

    * The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival on May 1st, at 6.30pm, where I’ll be speaking with Jonathan Bates and Christopher Rush

    * The Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival on May 31st, at 9am (Toast will be served)

    * The first London Toast talk, at the Notting Hill Waterstones, on June 4th, at 7pm…

    More details of these events – and links to their websites – can be found here

    * And hot on their heels, fresh from the oven, the paperback edition of Shakespeare on Toast will be published on 4th June by Icon Books…

    In the meantime, a write-up of Toast and growing discussion at Lizzy’s Literary Life:

    This is a fascinating read – Shakespeare toasted lightly and buttered, slice by slice, by an author/actor whose passion for the subject shines through.

    Amazon.co.uk — Out of Stock!

    Amazon has been out of stock of Toast for a little while now – I’m assured it’ll be be back in stock in the next couple of days, but in the mean time I’d recommend The Book Depository, one of my favourite online book stores.

    Head to Buy Toast! for relevant direct links…

    From the South Bank to South Wales…

    A fantastic workshop this morning at the Royal National Theatre, as part of the William Poel verse-speaking festival. Cicely Berry, the grand-dam of voice and Shakespeare gave the workshop after mine – I intended to stay for 5 minutes, and was there until the end. Great to watch a master at work.

    Now off to Hay-on-Wye, for the literary festival’s Winter Weekend.

    I’ll be reading for Libby Purves tomorrow morning, then giving a talk on Toast tomorrow afternoon, at 2.30pm.

    See here for more…

    Published!

    Shakespeare on Toast is now published! (and available in all good bookshops…)

    10 days…

    … ’til Toast publishes…

    News of press and interviews to follow… Watch this space…

    Sir Richard Eyre…

    …has this to say about Toast…

    Ben Crystal’s excellent book is an ideal way to gain an understanding of why Shakespeare is so brilliant, and so enjoyable.