This week has seen the 400th celebration of the world’s most famous bard. This is of course William Shakespeare, without whom we wouldn’t have the huge array of plays, well-used sayings, or indeed vocabulary that we have today. My favourite Shakespeare play would have to be ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, so with this in mind, here’s a wonderfully whimsical and fairy-filled extract!
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I’ll be gone:
Our queen and all our elves come here anon.”
~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
On a much sadder note, you will also of course know about Victoria Wood’s tragic and untimely passing. 😢 She really was my much-loved heroine and a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet and gain an autograph from her wonderful self. I’d happened be in the Beatrix Potter tea-room in the Lake District with my husband and 2 young daughters, when low-and-behold she wandered in! Well, I almost choked on my toasted tea-cake with sheer excitement and adulation! Needless to say, she will be forever missed and in my eyes, she has always been a national treasure. May you rest in peace Victoria. Xxx
As for news from the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, well we’ve been busy little bees as usual. Work has started on the production of my 9th Whimsy Wood book, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, which is very exciting! This book is written for this current month of April, so you’ll read about Fearne’s ‘brilliant white bindweed umbrella’, vibrant violets, beautiful bluebells and ‘fairy foxgloves’ amongst other things!
You’ll also get to meet a new character, ‘Mustard the Magpie Moth Caterpillar’, who becomes Fearne’s best friend. Just as ‘Posie Pixie’ had her own ‘partner in crime’ shall we say in ‘Wibble Woodlouse’, it seemed only right to create a ‘side-kick’ for Fearne. 😉
Well, I’d better get on and be creative elsewhere, so I shall bid you farewell and wish you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend!
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.