Welcome To Shakespeare Week

The Big Shakespeare Book Hunt

Read me and set me free!

Join the Big Shakespeare Book Hunt this Shakespeare Week 18-24 March 2019 by searching for a WILD Shakespeare book in your neighbourhood. If you're lucky enough to find one, don't forget to read it and set it free again!

154 Shakespeare Week schools across the UK from The Shetland Islands to the Channel Islands will be sent a free Shakespeare book for children, generously donated by Walker Books. The books are by much-loved children's authors, Michael Rosen and Marcia Williams.

This year each of the books will also contain some valuable tips on sharing books with children from the National Literacy Trust, as well as one of Shakespeare's Forgotten Words for you to investigate and enjoy. These Forgotten Words were compiled by one of the world's leading linguists, Professor David Crystal. They are words that were used by Shakespeare that are not in common use today. Some will have changed their meaning over time and some are simply not used any more. Each word provides a great starting point for discussion about language, word categories and language change. Perhaps your class would like to adopt the word and bring it back into common use!

These books will be shared with the children in school and then released on 18 March into the local community. Children will be encouraged to keep their eyes open for the book in their area - it might turn up at the supermarket checkout, on a park bench, on a bus... Lucky 'finders' should read it and then set it free in a place of their own choice. The books will be kept safe in transparent waterproof folders.

We will be following the journey of these wild books at Shakespeare HQ by inviting finders to tweet using the hashtag #wordwarriors

Which book travelled the furthest? Which book was shared the most times? Which book was found in the most unusual location? We can't wait to find out!

Here are some suggestions for places to leave your WILD BOOK if you manage to find one:

  • a bus shelter
  • a park bench
  • a supermarket checkout
  • on a bus or train
  • in a supermarket basket
  • at the doctor's or dentist's surgery
  • in a place of worship
  • in a museum
  • in a playground
  • at the swimming pool
  • a sports ground or stadium
  • in a cafe or restaurant

Happy Book Hunting! And Happy Shakespeare Week!

Please remember to tweet about your book and let us know what your Forgotten Word is.