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The Hardships of the Yard

I realise I haven’t posted anything on my blog in a while, so I apologise. But I had to share this post about The Globe.

The Globe is a wonderful theatre in London, showcasing Shakespeare’s plays in an authentic and sometimes, unique way. I visited last year to watch ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for my – wait for it –  Shakespeare module for university, and it was both a pleasure to watch as well as a great educational tool for students, like me, to experience the play physically rather than to only study it via its printed form.

The stage at The Globe.

As the post I mentioned (and linked) states that The Globe On-Screen DVDs are a must to watch, there’s also been the newly-introduced feature of Globe Player – think of it as a Netflix for all things Shakespeare and Renaissance-related. You can rent, or buy outright, plays that have been performed at The Globe, for a very reasonable price.

I would recommend The Globe to anyone – it’s not just for regular theatre-goers, or university students, but anyone who enjoys a good laugh, or bloody historical re-enactment, or even a tear-jerking drama. I certainly will be visiting again, but this time to watch ‘The Merchant of Venice’.

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Libraries: How cool can they get?

A shed on a beach filled with books? This isn’t your typical library, you say. Well, this certainly shows that libraries don’t have to be tall buildings, commandeered by an army of staff who constantly tell you to “sh”.

The photo shows us the great and inventive ideas that some people have come up with to allow books to be enjoyed and shared – on a beach – or just about anywhere!

Source: Writers’ & Artists’ (via Facebook)

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What kind of reader are you?

I started a new module for my English degree yesterday (as it’s a new semester) and the first thing my seminar leader asked us was, “What kind of reader are you?”. Naturally, this was meant to be an ice-breaker for my peers and I to introduce ourselves, but it got me thinking. As I listened to the responses as my seminar leader went around the room, I realised that I did not know what to say. I hadn’t really thought about how I viewed myself as a reader. Was this important? It slowly became so, I should probably understand my relationship to books. Why I need them as literary fuel?

So when my turn came around, I introduced myself and answered the posed question.

“Hi, I’m Julia and I’m an overly-attached reader. It’s probably the best way I describe myself without sounding crazy [I laugh nervously]. I tend to plunge myself into a book for hours on end, cooped either in my room or in my favourite place on the sofa. I would rarely leave a book willingly because I usually am so immersed within the world it allows me to escape into”.

My seminar leader: “So, how do you cope with the transition between books? Do you read long or short stories?”

“I don’t cope very well [I laugh again] – I tend to have a period of  “reality checking” to reaffirm my sanity, after I have finished a book before moving onto another, since I become so emotionally invested. I tend to read long stories, because I want to be whisked away on an adventure that consumes me as I consume the book. Short stories wouldn’t hold my attention as much, but I’d finish them a lot faster”.

After leaving the seminar, I continued to think about the question. Finding out what kind of a reader I was and mulling it over, I accepted that it was important to know and so I thank my seminar leader for getting it out of me.

Now, time to get back into a book (here’s to hoping I’ve learnt something). Happy reading!