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Bianca, with your love of Shakespeare and podcasts, thought I’d recommend the recent In Our Time episode of the Sonnets.

It was interesting to consider the form (never thought Sonnets as a shape poem) and the different interpretation.

Liked Why I Read 'King Lear' in Advent by Mark Labberton (

Since it was finished in 1606, it has never not been relevant. Contemporary stories can be urgent and often compelling, but the seasoned crisis of Lear pierces more primitively, at a deeper and more elementary level. That is one reason it rings as it does.

Liked Inside the Weird World of Shakespeare Conspiracy Theories – InsideHook (InsideHook)

So why are people so willing to believe evidence-free theories involving secret agents, faked deaths and unknown royals over the far simpler theory that the guy whose name is on the plays was the actual author?

One answer is simple snobbery. It is impossible for many people to believe that a (“eww”) commoner with minimal education could have written great plays.

Bookmarked Using debating and Socratic Seminars to improve my students’ critical thinking (Bianca Hewes)

I really enjoyed these learning activities as they allowed me to really see what my students know, and allowed them to share their knowledge with their peers. The focus was 100% on them, which makes a nice change too!

Bianca Hewes documents her use of Socratic Seminars to support students in engaging with the critical frame. Jackie Gerstein also discusses the benefits of Socratic Seminars.
Bookmarked Was Shakespeare a Woman? (The Atlantic)

The authorship controversy, almost as old as the works themselves, has yet to surface a compelling alternative to the man buried in Stratford. Perhaps that’s because, until recently, no one was looking in the right place. The case for Emilia Bassano.

Elizabeth Winkler explores the authorship behind the work of William Shakespeare. She puts forward the case for Emilia Bassano. This lengthy piece provides an insight into exploring the past and why history is interpretative.
Bookmarked What Shakespeare Left Out by Katherine Duckett (The Mary Sue)

While many of his words are indelible in the mind, I’d like to see artists treat Shakespeare’s works the way he approached his many source stories, with a sense of play and transformation. We continue to perform these plays again and again, rehearsing and reiterating this language, even though our strict adherence to what’s set down on the page (even if it appears in several versions) is a fairly recent development. New works in the Shakespearean sphere can take the basics of what the Bard gave us and transform those elements into something that better speaks to our world, giving back some of what he left out.

Katherine Duckett reflects on Shakespeare’s legacy and discusses some of the elements that he left out. Her topics include successful rebellions, healthy relationships, mother’s and independent women. It is an interesting excercise to stop and consider what an author chooses not to cover in a particular text.