Thursday 21 April 2016

Shakespeare week: Thursday

A Midsummer Night's Dream staged in Beijing
Shakespeare is surely the world's most global playwright? Saturday, April 23, marks the 400th anniversary of his death, and so all this week I'm posting and sharing relevant links - with a focus on Shakespeare in Asia. Today, Shakespeare (Shashibiya) in China, a competition, and the daily Shakespeare Twitter spot.

Interesting links: Shakespeare in China
Shakespeare is (often / usually) known as Shashibiya in China.
莎士比亚百科 (Shakespeare Encyclopaedia – in Chinese with translation into English.)
Why does China love Shakespeare? From The Guardian (UK)

Asian Books Blog is scarcely original in running a Shakespeare week, and Goodreads is a much bigger and more influential outfit with the same idea.  They asked famous authors to write scenes supposedly deleted from the plays, including, e.g., Margaret Atwood who wrote a scene deleted from The Tempest - her upcoming novel Hag-Seed will re-imagine the play.

Inspired by Goodreads, I'm inviting readers of Asian Books Blog to imagine postcards home, from Shakespearean characters suddenly teleported and time-transported to modern Asia. If I get any responses, I'll post them on Sunday.  Hamlet sending a postcard to Mum, from Beijing?  Romeo writing to Juliet from Bangkok? Lady Macbeth writing to hubby, following a shopping spree in Hong Kong....????

Postcards in the comments box, please.

Daily Shakespeare Twitter spot
@Ardenpublisher, from Margaret Bartley, publisher of the Arden Shakespeare series.