Backing the Bard

Popular children’s author Marcia Williams is among those helping to celebrate this year’s Shakespeare Week

Independent publisher of children’s stories Walker Books has joined forces with Shakespeare Week, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s national campaign to introduce the Bard’s works, life and legacy to primary school children and their families across the UK.

More than one million 5-to-11-year-olds in more than 6,000 primary schools will be joining the Shakespeare Week celebration (16-22 March). Among Walker Books’ roster of children’s authors is Marcia Williams, who will be lending her comic illustrations to a ‘Passport to Shakespeare’, packed full of activities and ideas for children to continue their Shakespeare adventure beyond the classroom.

Marcia, whose books include ‘Bravo Mr William Shakespeare’ and ‘Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays’, says: “I’m thrilled to have been invited to illustrate the ‘Passport to Shakespeare’. I know from my own experiences in schools just how incredibly children respond to Shakespeare’s stories. Shakespeare Week does a brilliant job at introducing the Bard to a young audience and it’s great to be helping to ignite the imaginations of school children all over the UK.”

The publisher has also created its own fun resources to be added to the hundreds already available for teachers to download for free from These include templates for creating character masks and story-writing tips and ideas from Marcia.

Jacqueline Green, head of learning and participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, says: “We’re delighted that Walker Books is joining us in our mission to inspire the next generation of creative minds with Shakespeare’s stories. Marcia’s talent for capturing the fun of these classic tales and making them accessible to young people can be seen in her brilliant illustrations, which will appear not only in the passport, but in posters, bookmarks and certificates going out to schools celebrating with us.”


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