Brighten your weekend with this global opportunity to celebrate one of the more important books in New Zealand, the 1623 folio collection Shakespeare’s plays. The Auckland Public Libraries’ copy is the one farthest away in the world from it’s point of origin, but this event provides a chance to see where all the others are as well and to learn more the copy here.
Here are links https://folio400.com/ to the global First Folio celebrations with some delightfully presented information about the publication, it’s history and where copies are now held.
This page https://folio400.com/first-folios-on-show-in-2023/ – shows where and when you can see an original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio ranked in their distance from William Jaggard’s Print House. Ours is furthest away at 11,386 miles. This page https://folio400.com/where-are-they/ – has a beautiful map showing where copies of the First Folio are in the world.
Here is the link to the event on World First Folio Day –10:30am on 23 April. Registration is free and will ensure you receive the Zoom link for the talks.
- Auckland Libraries’ book conservator David Ashman will give an illustrated overview of what’s involved in conserving and digitising a 400 year-old treasure of English literature.
- Dr. Sophie Tomlinson will talk about the University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare productions in the 1960s and 70s.
- Michael Hurst will mark the official launch of the First Folio on Kura Heritage Images Online with a reading.
- Robert Eruera will read from Ngā waiata aroha a Hekepia, Shakespearean sonnets translated into te reo Māori by Merimeri Penfold.
The Auckland First Folio will be on display, and visitors can also explore the online version.