Shakespeare is being brought to life next week with a range of activities for children in Sheffield libraries.

Writing workshops, game sessions and a Tudor trail are on the list of activities taking place during the Easter holiday to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, explained: “Shakespeare is one of the world’s greatest writers and still relevant today, 400 years after his death.

“We want to inspire children at the library events, and let them have fun with words and the fabulous plots Shakespeare thought up. Children might not know that stories such as The Lion King were inspired by him or that you’re hearing Shakespeare in phrases such as “quick as a flash”.

“Children will be able to create stories, make up words like Shakespeare did and find out new things at our events in the libraries. It’s all about making Shakespeare accessible and fun.”

The Shakespeare children’s events are all free and take place from Monday 21 March to Thursday 31 March. They include:

Children’s writing workshops:
Celebrated author, Nik Perring, will be leading children’s writing workshops: Fun with words and Shakespeare too! They are for children over seven and run for three hours at:

  • Central Children’s Library – Monday 21 March, 1pm
  • Highfield Library – Wednesday 23 March, 1pm
  • Chapeltown Library – Thursday 24 March, 1pm
  • Hillsborough Library – Wednesday 30 March, 1pm
  • Ecclesall Library – Thursday 31 March, 1pm

Places must be booked – please contact your local library to do this: Children under eight years old need to be accompanied by an adult.

Tudor trail, Thursday 24 March, 10am – 2pm
Creative activities following a trail through the Central Library building through to the Graves Gallery activity room where there will be more exciting things to do.

Aimed at children of all ages. Booking not needed – drop in any time.

Shakespeare stories with imagination gaming:
Players will be able to recreate Shakespeare’s stories by playing games which twist plotlines, tales and characters. The sessions are for children aged five and over and take place at:

  • Crystal Peaks Library – Monday 21 March, 10.30 – 12.30pm
  • Darnall Library – Monday 21 March, 3 – 5pm
  • Manor Library – Tuesday 22 March, 10.30-12.30pm
  • Firth Park Library – Tuesday 22 March, 2 – 4pm
  • Ecclesall Library – Wednesday 23 March, 10.30 – 12.30pm
  • Parson Cross Library – Thursday 24 March, 10.30 – 12.30pm
  • Stocksbridge Library – Thursday 24 March, 2 – 4pm

Drop into the sessions at any time. There is no need to book a place.