Why Shakespeare?

Talk and book signing by andrew matthews

Andrew Matthews is a children’s writer who is best known for his Shakespeare Stories, which have been translated and published in many countries. He was born in Barry, South Wales, and lives in Reading with his wife, Sheena, and their black and white cat, Daisy, who often strolls over his computer keyboard when he is trying to write.

Andrew has said that participating in the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is his way of showing his gratitude to Mr S.


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