Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide by Nina Cosford

Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide

Written by Nina Cosford
Part of the Panorama Pops Series

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2014 marks the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare Beautifully packaged and full of detailed information this is a stunning fold out version of the life and plays of William Shakespeare. Opened out one way, the details of Shakespeare’s life from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon onwards, including the building of the famous theatre in Stratford built to put on his plays, are unfolded. Opened out the other way there are excellent introductions to some of his most famous plays including Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. When folded up the whole book fits neatly in a pocket-sized box. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide by Nina Cosford

Discover Shakespeare's life and works in this fascinating three-dimensional pocket guide. Bring the Bard's works to life in this three-dimensional expanding pocket guide, which unfolds to a length of 1.5 metres.

The first side features Shakespeare's most famous plays including Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and Henry V.

The second side features the most important places in Shakespeare's life, including the house where he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's Farm, Nash House, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe.

Beautifully illustrated and presented in a slipcase, this is the perfect gift or souvenir for Shakespeare lovers of all ages. It is the perfect way to commemorate Shakespeare's 450th anniversary in 2014.

About the Author

Nina Cosford

As a child

I grew up in Reigate, Surrey at the foot of the North Downs, which I frequently drew and painted from my bedroom window. My dad (Mike Cosford) has been a commercial and concept artist for almost 40 years so inevitably I had glimpses of what it could be like to make a living out of illustration. I drew every day from an age too young to really remember, and would try to imitate and understand the great masters whilst at college. This then flowed into far more personal and expansive projects, mostly stemming from a subconscious love of architecture, whereby I would construct stories around derelict buildings that I explored in my home town. Whilst studying Illustration at Kingston University, one of my favourite exercises was Reportage drawing - going out and about and documenting people and places wherever I happened to be, indoors, outdoors, home and abroad.

As an adult

Before, during and after University I travelled as much as I could to places including India, America, Borneo, Singapore, Barcelona, Oslo, Prague, Australia and Amsterdam. From each trip I would come back with trinkets - I own an ancient letterpress draw which is mounted to my wall and holds an object from every place I have visited - and sketchbooks full of drawings and mementos. I have an insatiable desire to document almost anything I see and learn, not only to help me to remember, but to help me to understand what I come across. Hopefully this bordering-on-obsessive habit will stay with me for most of my life. Having graduated from University, I moved from Kingston down to the seaside to spend some time at home before preparing to move to London. Hastings proved to be an inspiring place and enabled me to be highly prolific yet have space to breathe and reflect on where I had been and where I wanted to go with my work. After establishing a fantastic studio space, collaborating with other local creatives and finding myself nearer to London than I presumed (only a 90 minute train ride away) I realised Hastings was the place I wanted to call home.

As an artist

Since completing my degree, I have managed to sustain a constant and exciting career in freelance illustration. I have worked on projects that have taken me around the country and the world and the list of clients I have worked with remains varied and interesting. The most consistent jobs I have had in the last couple of years have been the Pocket Pops collection from Walker Books, having illustrated books on Dublin, Edinburgh, Royal Palaces of London, Prague, The Palace of Versailles, Cumbria and the Lake District and the Tower of London. Another ongoing project of mine in collaboration with Zero Lubin is a series of quirky colouring books for children, with titles ranging from 'Hankies' and 'Toys' to 'Circus' and 'Kings and Queens'.

Things you didn’t know about Nina Cosford

My studio is high above a coffee shop I play my piano just about every day I sometimes walk under the pier at night when the tide is out I like Ikea too much I like Ikea meatballs too much I treat my dog like a human I aim to own every Miroslav Sasek book in the next 5 years I can't resist tacky souvenirs I like to think I am green-fingered Mary Blair is my idol

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Publication date

3rd April 2014




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