Go on a Wild Book Chase this Shakespeare Week

The Big Shakespeare Book Hunt 2019 is about to get started!

For the second year running, Shakespeare Week will be organising a nationwide book hunt. From Glasgow to the Channel Islands, 154 books are due to be released into the wild this March.

25 Jan 2019

The Shakespeare Week team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have got together with the National Literacy Trust, the Story Museum and Walker Books for the second year running to launch the Big Shakespeare Book Hunt.

After the success of the Book Hunt in Shakespeare Week 2018, 154 schools have been invited to take part in the nationwide event this year. 104 new schools will be receiving a Wild Book in the post, as well as 50 of last year’s schools.

The Wild Books will be packed up in Stratford-upon-Avon, with their special transparent bags (to protect the books from the elements), ready to arrive at schools in Glasgow, Cardiff, the Channel Islands, and everywhere in-between! The lucky children will read their Wild Book, and then set it free ready for another person to enjoy.

2019 will see a new set of Wild Books, written and illustrated by celebrated children’s authors’ Marcia Wiliams and Michael Rosen, and kindly supplied by Walker Books. Also, specially for Shakespeare Week 2019, each Wild Book will contain one of William Shakespeare’s Forgotten Words. The participating schools can then find out more about their Forgotten Word and share it on Twitter with the hashtag #wordwarriors.

So keep your eyes peeled for Wild Books popping up in cafes, bus shelters, and on Twitter as schools leave clues about where their book is hidden.  

To find out more about the Big Shakespeare Book Hunt, please follow @ShakespeareWeek #wordwarriors on Twitter. To get involved with the Book Hunt 2019 and receive one of the few remaining Wild Books for your school, please register at and then email us at