Shakespeare Week competition 2021

Explore your identity this Shakespeare Week!

"This above all, to thine own self be true...". What does this quote mean to you? Children are invited to send us their creative response for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

26 Jan 2021

Calling all creative younglings! It’s not always easy being ourselves and sometimes we’re afraid to be who we are in case others judge us. But being true to ourselves is important for our wellbeing and self-esteem. This Shakespeare Week we’re inviting children aged 4-11 years to explore their identity and be proud of themselves!

For inspiration we asked several well-known children’s figures including award-winning children's author Marcia Williams, CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee and CBBC presenter Nikki Lilly to explore their identities by responding to the famous Shakespeare quote from Hamlet:

This above all, to thine own self be true...

You can see Nikki Lilly's creative response and many other famous children’s celebrities’ responses in our online exhibition

We’d like children to do the same and enter our fabulous Shakespeare Week 2021 competition: To thine own self be true by sending us a creative response – a poem, a piece of writing, a poster, picture, piece of art or even a short video – children can choose! Children can enter in one of four categories:

  • Reception and Key Stage 1 school entry (Years R, 1 and 2 at school);
  • Key Stage 2 school entry (Years 3-6 at school);
  • Individual entry (4-7 years);
  • Individual entry (8-11 years).

Winning entries will be displayed alongside responses from well-known children’s figures in our online exhibition hosted on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website. Entry is free and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 31 March 2021. Full details of how to enter can be found on our competition page.