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Walking Cities: Scotland – writers Andrés Barba and MacGillivray put Shakes...
Thu 27 October 2016, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
This discussion will centre on Macbeth and the two writers will talk about their experience of walking around the castle and grounds at Glamis earlier in the day. Their meeting is part of a wider series the explores the role of place and location in writing. In this instance the writers will consider how places like ‘Glamis Castle’ can exist both as a historic place, an actual place today and as a fictional/mythical place in the context of Shakespeare’s play. This will lead on to a wider discussion about the ways in which location factors in a writer’s work, how they respond to the significant places in their memories, or how they imagine places they haven’t been to, including fictional spaces. There will also be some discussion of Shakespeare’s influence on the two writers, what he means to them (if anything) and question the ways in which the plays and poetry have moved beyond national or language boundaries.
The British Council’s Walking Cities programme pairs contemporary UK writers with writers from other countries. This year, as part of the programme of activities celebrating Shakespeare 400 years after his death, writers will meet in many of the cities that provide the settings of Shakespeare's plays.
The paired writers will introduce each other to their local areas, both in the UK and across Europe, and will discuss how these places and Shakespeare’s texts have influenced their own writing and thinking. The result will be a series of thought-provoking intercultural podcasts and short films which will be available via our website in November 2016. Public events with each of the two writers on location will also take place - allowing live audiences to join the conversation reflecting on the relationship our (and Shakespeare's) thoughts have to the places, architectural and political spaces that we live in and imagine.
Locations include Verona (Romeo and Juliet), a castle in the Navarre region of Spain (Love's Labour's Lost), Vienna (Measure for Measure) and Athens (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timon of Athens).
Films and podcasts will be released throughout November.