Stratford-Upon-Avon was home to arguably one of the finest writers to put quill to paper, William Shakespeare. He was born in Stratford in 1564 and went on to be perhaps the most iconic writer of all time, with timeless classics like Othello and Macbeth. He also lived in one of the most charming towns in the UK with romantic canals, Victorian-style architecture and bewitching scenery. So, if you’re a fan of all things Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon is for you. You’ll find him in every facet of daily life from bard-themed tearooms to the Royal Shakespeare theatre. But, a sleepy afternoon of meandering around the gentle canals can get you thinking about modern day literature and there’s one issue that comes to mind. Who is the modern-day Shakespeare? Is there anyone whose work will go on to be quoted hundreds of years after their death? Here are a few writers I think could be the modern-day equivalent…
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She may be the finest writer of our time and an inspiration to millions of people all over the world. Not only did she get a generation to fall in love with literature once again, she fell off the Times billionaire list because of the amount of money she donated to charity. She has partially thrown in the Harry Potter towel and now writes the scintillating Cormoran Strike series, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith as well as a whole host of other literary gems. But, there’s no denying her legendary talent and she has proven time and time again she can turn her hand to any form of literature. A spectacular person and a definite candidate for the modern day Shakespeare.
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Most know him as the eccentric soul who created the Marvel universe, and probably wouldn’t consider him to be particularly high brow in the world of literature. But, while William Shakespeare was alive, he aimed his stories at everyone, and not just the educated. It was one of the reasons he became so popular. Stan Lee is loved by millions around the world and he has created some of the best characters in pop culture, including Iron Man, Wolverine and Thor. If you look close enough you’ll spot him in some of the super hero films.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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She may not be as well known as some of the others on this list, but she has done a lot to further the women’s rights movement. This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed her work, she was featured as one of the influential women of the week, as a celebration of International Women’s Day 2017. Chimamanda has been featured on the Ted X network using her powerful words to convey the message of equality around the world, as well as being an amazing writer. There’s no doubt she is an inspiration to many and will continue to help all those who have been persecuted.
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Today we can tell a story in different ways, and publish it on a variety of platforms, from podcasts to blogs. This wasn’t an option for Shakespeare, who only had the choice of the theatre or literature. But, Kate Adie has dodged bullets and hand grenades to broadcast the stories that really matter in this day and age. She was the chief news correspondent for the BBC and has been to some of the most violent war zones in modern day history. She saw the terror caused by the bombing of Tripoli and she witnessed first hand the devastation in Tiananmen Square. Kate Adie is truly a marvel and such an amazing woman.