But what if... everything you thought you knew about William Shakespeare was wrong? What if... everything
you'd ever been taught about the great Bard of Avon was based on incomplete and inaccurate information?
Most people think of William Shakespeare as a great poet and playwright,
but during the period 1578-1582 and then again from 1585-1592 (commonly referred to as the "Lost Years") no-one
has ever known exactly what Will got up to... until now that is. To coincide with the 400th anniversary of Will's death
in 1616, the latest instalment of the Chronicles of Wizard's Thatch: William Shakespeare,
Vampire Hunter, is being published.
William Shakespeare, Vampire Hunter
takes the essence of the young writer's life as recorded and depicts a time thought lost in history. Incorporating historical
facts, offering a new interpretation of his lost years and reopening the debate over authorship all in a rollicking adventure
set in both Stratford and London - in the present as well as the past!
With pinches of magic, time travel, supernatural adventures
and twists in history William Shakespeare, Vampire Hunter contains everything you would find in Will's own work.
As old as mankind itself, the art of a good story can be a defining
moment in our lives and is characteristic of every culture throughout time. We all tell stories, and somehow we just wouldn't
be human if we had no more stories to tell and stopped this life giving and culturally affirming action. From the bedtime
stories we read our children through to the horror stories we read just before we go to bed - our lives just aren't complete
without a story every day. In fact the American poet Muriel Rukseyser says: "The universe is made of stories, not atoms."
And one of the best storytellers that the world
has ever known is our very own Will Shakespeare. But how did a relatively uneducated glover's son become the world's
greatest wordsmith. Scholars across the world have debated this very question for years and William
Shakespeare, Vampire Hunter offers a tantalizing glimpse into the possibility that there is more to the Bard's
early life than meets the eye.
April 23rd the World of Wizard's Thatch brings to life the world of William Shakespeare as presented in the Chronicles
of Wizard's Thatch sending you on a quest for knowledge around Stratford's most magical attraction that is suitable
for the whole family.
The wonder and delight of a good story immerses you completely in the tale and can quite literally transport you
on a magical journey (think the Polar Express or Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz for example) and nowhere is this
more true than in the World of Wizard's Thatch in Stratford's Henley Street.
From the moment you enter the small frontage of the Creaky Cauldron and Magic Alley and discover the wonderfully
themed retail space opening up in front of you, the fabulously old fashioned café called the Golden Broomstick and
the Enchanted Manor Museum you are totally immersed in this enchanting world. And it's definitely bigger on the inside!
Rebranded as part of their 25th birthday celebrations last year, the whole building
(all three floors) is a world of storytelling based on the Chronicles of Wizard's Thatch series of books - a series of
adventures written primarily for children but suitable for all involving a girl called Alice, a famous Victorian detective,
a vampire, a time travelling wizard and the Bard of Avon himself, the great Will Shakespeare.
And if you can't learn something about storytelling form the greatest writer in the English language, then someone
must have turned your life support off!
The World of Wizard's
Thatch including the Creaky Cauldron, Magic Alley, the Golden Broomstick Café and the Enchanted Manor Museum can be
found at the top end of Henley Street by the main entrance to Shakespeare's birthplace.