Adult learners give a helping hand in knitting mural to Shakespeare

A crafty group of adult learners is helping Sunderland libraries mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

Saturday, 23rd April 2016, 5:00 am
The Materialistics art group and the WEA Literacy Group at the Fulwell Community Resource centre have collaborated on a Shakespeare inspired mural which is to be displayed at libraries across Wearside.

The group worked with knitting club the Materialistics to create a mural based on the Bard’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The work will also be used to mark World Book Night today.

The project, funded by Arts Council England, is set to be transformed into a banner, which will go on show at the City Library and Arts Centre, from July 4 to 10, as part of a touring exhibition of the region’s libraries, along with banners being made in other areas. Visitors to libraries across the city this weekend are also being encouraged to enter into the spirit of the commemorations, by taking Shakespeare selfies of themselves with some of the Bard’s most famous quotes.

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While Theatre Space North East will be bringing his work to life with a whistle-stop tour of Shakespeare’s highlights in Washington Town Centre Library, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm today.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading.

Volunteers giving away books in their communities, to share their love of reading with people who don’t read for pleasure or own books.

Fiona Brown, director of people services at Sunderland City Council, said: “Four hundred years after his death Shakespeare still has a massive impact on our lives, from the books we study at school to the phrases we use in our everyday conversations, without even realising where they came from.

“SIt’s fantastic to see so many of this year’s celebrations taking on a Shakespeare theme.”