Kathryn Harkup

Death by Shakespeare

County Buildings
In person & Online event
Tue 28 Sep
12:00 UK
Free, ticketed

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

The deaths in Shakespeare’s work have been shocking audiences for the last four hundred years. But just how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the knowledge to back them up? Death was a part of everyday life back in the Bard’s time and he kept informed on the latest medical and anatomical advances. Kathryn Harkup turns her scientific eye to Shakespeare and the deaths of his more unfortunate characters and if the writing matches the reality. Death By Shakespeare will tell you all this and more in a rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure. 

About the author: Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. Kathryn is now a science communicator, giving regular talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.

Death by Shakespeare is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE.

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