Making Shakespeare Accessible (And Fun!) For Your Students… 400 Years After His Death

"A course! A course! My kingdom for a course!"

A training course for librarians, teachers and other school staff in secondary schools and colleges, celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death 

Speakers: Paul Register, Robert Deas and Nik Perring 

Wednesday 27th April 2016, 10:00am to 3:00pm 

James Reckitt Reading Room, Hull Central Library, Albion Street, Hull HU1 3TF 

The Speakers 

Paul Register 

Paul Register, a former school librarian from Sheffield now working as a Literacy Consultant specialising in comics, graphic novels and school libraries. Paul spent 15 years managing school libraries in South Yorkshire (two large secondary schools and a 6th form college, although not all at the same time!) and has been a comics reader since he first started reading anything! He is also the founder and organiser of the hugely successful Stan Lee Excelsior Award, the UK's biggest book award for graphic novels where teens decide the winners. This award has grown from 17 participating schools in 2011 to over 200 schools in 2016! Last year also saw the launch of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior for 8-11 year olds. Paul is a big Shakespeare fan and gave each of his three children a Shakespearean middle name! 

Robert Deas 

Robert Deas is a UK comic artist and the creator of Troy Trailblazer and the Horde Queen, volume one of which has been shortlisted for the 2016 Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior. As well as his creator-led material, Robert has also worked extensively with Medikidz, a publisher specialising in medical comic books that explain illnesses to children using a team of young superheroes that travel inside the human body. Robert's early career was characterised by a string of graphic novel adaptations of literary classics such as Manga Shakespeare: Macbeth and Pride & Prejudice for the publisher SelfMadeHero. Other clients include Disney, IDW, The Book Trust, Rubicon Canada and First Media.

Nik Perring 

Nik Perring is a short story writer and author from the UK. He's an editor, teacher of writing, mentor, sometimes poet, and children's author too. His stories have been published in the UK and abroad, in print and online. Over the last 10 years, Nik has worked extensively in schools and libraries, running workshops and courses for children and adults, working for organisations including Writing Yorkshire and the BBC. He has spoken on panels at events and given writer talks, guest edited for literary magazines and judged writing competitions for all ages.

The Course 

Target audience: librarians, teachers and other staff in secondary schools and colleges

Aim: to provide different approaches in increasing the accessibility of Shakespeare's works to students from ages 11-18

Course content: A full-day presentation and analysis of the wide variety of different ways of presenting the works of William Shakespeare. 

  • Paul will showcase an assortment of graphic novels, books and other resources for use in school libraries and in classroom situations, all of which are aimed at making Shakespeare appealing to teenagers. 
  • Robert will discuss the artistic processes behind adapting a 400-year-old dramatic text into a manga version of Macbeth set in a futuristic, post-nuclear world populated by sword-wielding mutants. Robert will also be signing copies of Manga Shakespeare: Macbeth.
  • Nik will reveal some of the 1700 new words that Shakespeare added to the English language and show you how to create exciting new stories and poems with them - and how you can use this process with students to make Shakespeare more accessible. 
A buffet lunch will be provided and there will also be a bookstall where you will be able to buy many of the resources discussed in the course. 

Outline of the Day

9:30am Tea and Coffee

10:00am Paul Register 

10:45am Break 

11:00am Robert Deas 

12:00pm Lunch 

1:00pm Nik Perring 

2:00pm Book-buying and Networking 

3:00pm Close 

Booking Details 

To book a place on this exciting course, please e-mail Paul Register at [email protected] with the following details:

Full Name of Delegate(s) 

Name of School/College 

Full Postal Address 

Telephone Number 

E-mail Address 


£85 per person 

Please provide an Invoice Order Number to confirm your booking. No refunds available once your attendance at the training course has been confirmed. 

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!"