Double, double toil and trouble – What inspired the witches in Macbeth?

This week we hear from Collections Manager Rhian Isaac on some sources for Shakespeare’s witches… It’s a month until Shakespeare Week and to start getting people in the mood I have been bringing out some of our collections to explore why Shakespeare may have incorporated the supernatural into his plays. Monsters, fairies, witches, demons and…

The Big Book of Shakespeare

Back in April, the Secret Library took a look at some of the most beautiful Shakespearian art books in the library collection. Now we’re sending Polly Clare-Hudson, guest blogger from the University of Leeds, back to the stacks for a closer examination of a particularly gorgeous example… This enormous book, comprising of two volumes in one,…

Exhibition: The Age of Shakespeare

Last week’s main article highlighted some of the amazing Shakespeare-related finds in our Art Library collections. Readers may also be interested to hear about a new exhibition currently on display in the Central Library (outside Room700, 1st Floor). Entitled “The Age of Shakespeare”, this lovingly-curated exhibition aims to create a sense of the world that Shakespeare inhabited…

Shakespeare and the Art world

by Adam Barham, Central Library Many artists have felt compelled to depict the plays of Shakespeare. Some are attracted to Shakespeare’s universal themes and complex characters, which inspire them to produce stirring representations of the plays’ inner meanings. Others appreciate his combination of exotic locations and sparse scene descriptions, which leave them free to create…

Shakespeare 450

April 23rd marks the 450th year of his birth and here at Leeds Central Library we intend to do the anniversary justice with a celebration or two. With hundreds of copies of the Bard’s work in stock we wanted to show off some of our heritage Shakespeare stock not usually seen by the public. The…