The Future of History

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Hot Off the Press

A big feature in the Stratford Herald this week, thanks to Sandy Holt, Arts Editor of that periodical.  We got about half a page: significantly more than a piece about the furore over Julian Fellowes having tinkered with Shakespeare's text in his script for the Romeo and Juliet movie, which was also covered in a recent post on here.  Seems that controversy is the name of the game in matters pertaining to Shakespeare right now!

But better still, in many ways, is the fantastic spread in The Village magazine this month.

I have much to thank The Village and its editor for, seeing as it was the photographs of the skull at Beoley, reproduced in an issue of that magazine from October 2009, which allowed me to compare the skull with the various images of Will Shakespeare.

The magazine covers the area around Alvechurch, including such gloriously named places as Lickey End and Cofton Hackett (we do village names really well here in Worcestershire).  It also covers Beoley, the quaint village which deserves to be more famous.  Shakespeare's skull is there.

Now, I'm aware that many of the occasional readers of this blog don't live in or near Alvechurch.  But The Village magazine has a very good online presence, and so I am able to share the main features of the story published in their most recent edition with you:

So, while Stratford writhes with contention, Beoley and its satellites get to enjoy a bit of notoriety.  Which, as they say in these parts, or near enough, is "bostin"!

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