The ultimate – book signing in Stratford Upon Avon at the ‘Shakespeare Celebrations’!

MONDAY 23RD APRIL 2012.

 WATERSTONES , STRATFORD UPON AVON, WARWICKSHIRE.

Who can think of Stratford

Upon Avon without thinking of William Shakespeare? Born 23d April 1564 and died 23rd April 1616, aged 52.

William Shakespeare was born on Henley Street.

 

 Shakespeare’s birthplace.

At the age of 18years he married Anne Hathaway who was seven years his senior. A writer, of 37 plays and a shrewd businessman who amassed a fortune. William Shakespeare died in Stratford and now lies to rest in a special grave at Holy Trinity Church. Read more about William Shakespeare … http://www.history-timelines.org.uk/people-timelines/08-william-shakespeare-timeline.htm

We stayed at the beautiful Alveston Manor, which is  just over the bridge from the town centre and within walking distance of Waterstones.

 

 Alvestone Manor is a magnificent Tudor building with many authentic features, whilst the gardens boast an ancient Cedar Tree under which, rumour has it, the first performance of  ‘A midsmmer Night’s Dream’ was given.

 Inside Alvestone Manor

 The Lord of the Manor – or just Bob? :-)

The Restaurant staff! Thank you guys you were terrific!

As you walk over the bridge and into the town you get the feeling how peaceful and sedate life is here…

 Onboard for a trip down the river!

 Passed the pub named none better than the ‘Pen & Parchment’!

 

And opposite is the ‘Gower Memorial’ that lays before the Royal Shakespeare Company’s magnificent building – read more about it’s transformation … http://www.rsc.org.uk/transformation/project/701.asp

 RSC Building

 The Gower Memorial where Shakespeare presides over his characters in the garden below.

 William Shakespeare and Lady Macbeth at his feet.

We arrived at Waterstones who had given us a window display. The book shop is opposite Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shop and we had the most amazing sandwiches, with bread to die for, from the ‘Hathaway Tea Rooms’ a few doors away! If you go to Stratford these shops are not definately not to be missed!

 Waterstones window.

 Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe opposite

Hathaway Tea Rooms a few doors from Waterstones

 There was a great atmosphere in the town. ‘George & The Dragon’ passed us by, and the whole town it seems were celebrating Shakespeare’s life on the anniversary of his birthday and world book week. We felt very humbled to be signing our novels, in this town, on this special day.

 We met some wonderful people as you can see below…

Rick and Marie Montero were staying in our hotel. These lovely people were from Conneticut and came to see us and get a signed copy of our books – we will stay in touch!

 

Illa & Chris! Come on Illa get those short stories submitted!

 Richard Pauley came to see us all the way from Birmingham to get a signed copy of ‘Consequences’ for him and Lorna Mapley! Here with Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths and Bob.

Bob, Josie Ayres, Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths, Carol and Elin Lewis.

 Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths, Bob, Elin Lewis and Josie Ayres.

 The Girls! Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths,Carol,Elin Lewis and Josie Ayres.

Tomorrow we head home and there is lots more news to come yet!

 

 

 

 

 

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