Wed May 4 SHAKESPEAREAN BOTANICAL Margaret Willes
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Margaret Willes discusses her book A Shakespearean Botanical. Taking fifty quotations centring on flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables, A Shakespearean Botanical examines the social context of each to provide an intriguing and original focus on daily life in Tudor and Jacobean England, looking in particular at medicine, cookery, gardening and folklore traditions. Exquisitely illustrated with unique hand-painted engravings from the Bodleian Library's copy of John Gerard's herbal of 1597, this book marries the beauty of Shakespeare's lines with charming contemporary renderings of the plants he described so vividly. 'An engaging addition to Shakespeare studies ... this book is a treasure, compact, readable and beautifully presented.' Irish Examiner 7pm. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or cordial and a £2 discount off purchase of book.