Who Was Shakespeare: Man, Myth or Conspiracy?

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Who was the real William Shakespeare? What do we know about former Earl of Oxford Edward De Vere - and his relationship with The Bard? Could it really be that some of the world's most famous plays were written by someone else? Join Professor William Leahy for a compelling talk, where we uncover the facts surrounding the Shakespeare authorship question.

Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer who has ever existed, indeed as the greatest artist. His works are famed throughout the world and is on the syllabus of schools, colleges and universities globally.

However, many believe he did not in fact write the plays and that claims about his authorship are founded in a mixture of myth and wilful misinformation.

Our cultures seem to be fixated upon the idea of the single author/genius and thus, in Shakespeare's case we fall into a trap of finding the answer we desperately seek despite almost total lack of evidence.

In this talk I show how we have fallen into this trap, led by an academic community that continues to tell the same old story while knowing that much of it is untrue. In this talk I show that Shakespeare the author is a myth.

Venue: Cafe 1001, Brick Lane
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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