Posted on | February 14, 2012 | 4 Comments
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the English language’s most famous son: William Shakespeare. I too was born and raised in Stratford and I have just finished drawing a map of the town; it’s my love letter to the place that shaped me and that will forever be home.
“I like this place and willingly could spend time in it” - William Shakespeare in As you Like It
I have spent many hours these past 18 months drawing by hand maps of the places I have lived and love: Avebury, Eynsham, Stanton Harcourt and Woodstock. It was inevitable that I would turn my pen towards Stratford.
When I was a girl I didn’t know how lucky I was to grow up in Stratford. I now appreciate the extraordinary legacy it left me: a deep sense of history, culture and community. I wanted to put all that in my map.
The map shows not just the shape of the town and its buildings and roads, but also things you normally wouldn’t see on a map: history, nature, trees, birds, activities and lots of Shakespearean characters and quotes.
Stratford has so many stories to tell and this is my story. If you’re a Stratfordian, I hope you will forgive my omissions and that the map will delight you anyway; whether you’re a resident or now living in exile like me!
Get your copy!
-FOLDED in a lovely colour cover for £4.99 + P&P
-FLAT, suitable for framing and signed by the artist for £12.99 each + P&P
In the news!
9 February 2012: Amazing drawn map of town a labour of love in the Stratford Observer
13 February 2012: Artist maps out her love of Stratford Herald in the Stratford Herald