Shakespeare: Exploring the Mysterious Character

Happy Monday everyone!

As you may know we have our own Goodreads account and we like to keep you up-to-date with the books we’re currently reading here in the LRC. 

https://www.goodreads.com/DoncasterCollegeLRC 

Two members of the LRC staff recently finished reading Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as a Stage and we enjoyed it so much we gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. You can see our review here as well as our other bookshelves, what we’re reading and our other reviews.

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If you have any books that you have loved so much that you just can’t keep them to yourselves then join us on Goodreads or send your reviews through to us to share on our page. We’d be interested to read them whether you want them published or not and any book recommendations are welcomed!

All of the rumours, documentaries, conspiracies and theories surrounding Shakespeare make it difficult to weed out fact from fiction but Bill Bryson’s fantastic wit and clear writing style make it the subject that much easier to digest. We were so intrigued by Bill Bryson’s take on Shakespeare’s life and legacy that we were left wanting to know more and more about this mysterious character. Unfortunatekly, as there is so little factual evidence of Shakespeare’s movements that we’re left with questions that can nvere be answered.

We’ve collected some interesting facts about the British Bard to share with you all:

1. No one knows what Shakespeare did between 1587 and 1592. These are referred to as his ‘Lost-Years’.

2. The original Globe Theatre burned down in 1613. The Globe Theatre was the Theatre Shakespeare built and you can visit the Globe Theatre in London which was re-built in his honour.

3. The First-Folio was published 7 years after Shakespeare’s death. The First-Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays that were collected by two of Shakespeare’s friends and printed in 1623.

4. William Shakespeare had 3 children with his wife Anne Hathaway but unfortunately there are no direct descendantsShakespeare’s only son died at the age of 11 and his only Grandchild did not have any children.

5. There are no records of Shakespeare’s education. It is assumed that he attended King’s New School but there is no evidence to support this.

You can read more about Shakespeare on the British Library website by clicking here and you can visit the High Melton LRC to browse our extensive collection of Shakespeare publications. 

Happy reading and keep your eyes peeled for more book reviews!

 

Your LRC Newsletter Issue 2.

Welcome to the second issue of your LRC newsletter! Please enjoy and let us know what you think.

We hope you find the information helpful.

From all of us here in the LRC.

Thank you!

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Helpful Resources to Reach Career Goals

Hello everyone!

Today we’d like to share with you some great resources from the new Prospects Higher Education Catalogue. Whether you’re moving onto Higher Education or taking an alternative route to your dream career, you can find some great information that will help you reach your goals.

Click the links below to see each catalogue:

HE Catalogue

Not Going to Uni

We hope you find these helpful!

 

Black History Month Part 3

To continue our celebrations of Black History Month, this week we’re looking at talented Actors and Directors who have produced outstanding work in recent years.

Chiwetel Ejiofor has appeared in many brilliant films, most notably 12 Years a Slave (2013) where he played the main character, Solomon Northup, a free man who was captured and sold into slavery. You may also remember him from the film Kinky Boots where he played Lola, a drag queen who helps a failing shoe business diversify their products and find success selling high heels made specifically for men. Chiwetel, is a remarkable talent who we will all see flourish into a household name as he continues his acting career.

You can watch the Film 4 interview special below about 12 Years a Slave where you can listen to Chiwetel and the director Steve McQeen talk about the film.

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress known for her fantastic work in films such as The Secret Life of Bees, Hotel Rwanda and After Earth. She has worked with some of the best actors and directors in the world and continues to reign as a national treasure for her impeccable skills as an actress.hotelrwanda.jpeg

You can watch the trailer for Hotel Rwanda below.

Ava DuVernay is a writer, director and producer who has worked on many successful films in her career. She most recently directed the film Selma, which follows Martin Luther King on his campaign for equal rights in 1965. Ava is a successful filmmaker who has contributed to many well received films including i-Robot, Spider-Man 2 and Collateral.

You can watch an interview with Ava and the lead actor from Selma, David Oyelowo talk about the film Selma and what this film and the characters meant to them as artists.

Richard Ayoade is a British film director and actor who has established his career from working in TV series such as The IT Crowd and through his role as the character Moss, has earned a place in the hearts of the British people. Richard has also contributed to the world of film as a director. His work as a director is very original and his contributions to cinema with films such as The Double and Submarine have been held in high regard and received successfully.itcrowd

Watch him and Jesse Eisenberg talk about his most recent film, The Double in the following interview.

 

 

Black History Month Part 2

This week we’re celebrating Black Musicians in honour of Black History Month and the amazing contributions to various styles of music that hav been made.

Over the years there have been some incredibly influential songs, voices and lyrics crafted by many talented Black Artists. We’re going to briefly look at some of our favourites in this blog as well as pass some recommendations on at the end. You can find all of the following CDs pictured, in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton. We’ve included a few details for each artist

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Artist: Howlin’ Wolf

Genre: Blues         

Most Famous Song: Smokestack Lightnin’

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Artist: Bob Marley

Genre: Reggae

Most Famous Song: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

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Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing

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Artist: Miles Davis

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: So What

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Artist: John Lee Hooker

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Boom Boom

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Artist: Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: The Very Thought of You

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Artist: Marvin Gaye

Genre: Soul

Most Famous Song: Let’s Get It On

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Artist: Robert Johnson

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Crossroad

Artists we recommend:

Kele, the lead singer of Bloc Party released a solo album called ‘Trick’ in 2014 which we highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Bloc Party. Kele has a unique voice which boasts incredible emotional depth and echoes throughout his Electro-Soul sound.

Leon Bridges has recently earned more favour after the release of his album ‘Coming Home’ in 2015. His latest album has won the hearts of many listeners as his gospel like sound accompanied by Leon’s soulful voice makes for a very enjoyable listen.

Corinne Bailey Rae is  a household name these days and continues to release successful albums. Although you have probably heard of Corine already we thought we’d give her a mention so you can revisit some of her hits or have a gander at her new album. Corinne’s music is perfect if you’re missing the summer and want to relive that dreamy hot day feeling. Plus she’s from Leeds and we’re all for promoting Yorkshire pride! 🙂

Emeli Sande has recently released a new highly successful song which will be followed by an album later on this year. This will be her second album and yet this talented woman has achieved major success in such a short music career. If you haven’t heard her first album, ‘Our Version of Event’s’ then we recommend that you go listen right now!

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK and so we’re celebrating the people who have contributed to the legacy of Black History so far as we all shape the future.

We’ve chosen to celebrate  writers, actors, directors, musicians and important public figures who are not only incredibly talented but who have also achieved amazing things and contributed immensely to Black History as well as to culture on an international scale. These influential and creative artists, revolutionaries and icons continue to inspire regardless of their era or subject.

To start our celebration of Black History Month we are looking at exceptional Black Writers.

You can find the following books in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton and we’ve chosen these particular writers because of their extraordinary talent and contribution to the field of literature, to say the least.

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Maya Angelou, was an American writer, poet, actor, activist and producer. This amazing woman has influenced and inspired many people with her autobiographical writing and the part she has played in the civil-rights movement. She received many awards for her various contributions to this world and was recently honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died in 2014 but her legacy lives on. The musician Beyonce has sampled Maya Angelou’s work in her own music, specifically the song ***Flawless which features a feminist speech by Angelou. A great advocate and spokesperson for black people and women.

To find out more about Maya Angelou you can visit her official website here.

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James Baldwin was an iconic playwright, novelist, poet and activist. His major topics in his writing covered not only the pressures he felt as a black man but also as a gay man. He highlighted these issues and faced a lot of controversy but ultimately he prevailed and gave a voice and understanding to so many people who were struggling with the same or similar issues. Baldwin is rightly recognised as a great writer and his lifetime of accomplishments is something he can be incredibly proud of. His work is powerful and poignant and relevant throughout the decades that have passed since he wrote them.

For a more detailed insight into James Baldwin’s life you can read his biography here.

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Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her work focusses on African-Americans and their history, culture and struggles. She was the first African-American woman to be selected for the Nobel Prize award for her contribution to literature. An amazing talent and a very hard working woman, Morrison has achieved a great deal throughout her career and continues to publish work even now she is her 80’s. Morrison has also branched out into children’s literature and so you can enjoy her work in many ways as well as introducing the younger generation to her powerful voice.

You can read more about Toni Morrison here.

Other black writers we recommend you read: Walter Mosely, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Taiye Selasi, Colson Whitehead, Amiri, Baraka and Alex Haley to mention but a few.

Your LRC Newsletter

Every half-term we will be publishing a new LRC newsletter to provide you with helpful information and reminders about what’s going on in your Learning Resource Centre.

The first issue is available to view here or you can find printed copies at both Learning Resource Centres.

We hope you enjoy our very first issue! Let us know what you think either in person or through our social media accounts.newsletter_no-1

 

BB the LRC Book Bee

Welcome to your latest Doncaster College LRC blog!

Today we’d like to introduce you to our new LRC mascot, BB.

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BB is a Book Bee who is here to help guide you to all of the important information you need throughout your studies with us.

You can find BB all around the LRC providing key tips and reminders about how to top up your printing credit, how to reset your password and how to renew the resources you have out on loan. These BB tips can be found all around both LRCs as well as on your LRC newsletter.

Always remember, wherever you find BB you’ll find knowledge!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Your Learning Resource Centre!

At the end of a very successful induction week we’re reflecting on how busy the college has been at both campuses and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been in to see us.

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The Learning Resource Centre has been a hive of activity and  we’ve thoroughly enjoyed introducing you all to your LRC and all of the resources and facilities we offer. We’ve been glad to see everyone so eager to log on to the college computers and to begin studying. Whether you’re logging in for the first time, need a reminder of how to print a document or want to know where to find your subjects resources, we’ll help you every step of the way. All of the LRC staff are happy to help with your queries and the support that you need to make your time at Doncaster College successful.

Pop by and see us at the Learning Resource Centre at the Hub or University Centre, High Melton and say hello. We have created a great LRC guide so that you are able to keep all of our key information with you wherever you go. You can collect one from the LRCs today!

Watch this space to keep up-to-date with LRC news and follow our other social media accounts to see what the buzz is about.

 

Yorkshire Day and Yorkshire Heroes

1st August is officially Yorkshire Day where we celebrate all that is wonderful about our beautiful county and the talented people who live here. We take this opportunity to honour the work of many who have helped put Yorkshire on the cultural map.

Here at the Learning Resource Centre we are home to many pieces of amazing literature, music and film which have been written by, starred in and sung/played by talented Yorkshire men and women. Yorkshire Literature

Some of the most famous of these Literary marvels are the Bronte Sisters. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte lived in Haworth and often explored the surrounding moorlands right outside their door for inspiration and escapism. For Emily this was to be a major influence on her writing as the setting for her most famous novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ was in fact on Yorkshire moors. Her striking tale of passion, love, hatred and anger set against this welcoming yet unforgiving landscape gave Emily no end of inspiration and is still a much loved piece to this day (Just ask our Library staff!). There have been many adaptations of the Bronte’s work through TV series, songs, plays and films showing everyone around the world just what these remarkable Yorkshire women are capable of!

Ted Hughes was a poet hailing from Yorkshire who is also another huge name in the literary world. We stock plenty of his work in the LRC’s and they are available for anyone to borrow! Ted Hughes was immensely influenced by the remarkable Yorkshire landscape and wildlife which he encountered in his youth. A truly fantastic writer whose work will never go overlooked and who has made such a massive impact on modern day poets and will continue to do so for years to come.

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We’re flying the Yorkshire flag at the LRC at University Centre, High Melton!

There is so much more to say about the awe-inspiring talents of Yorkshire which we haven’t even touched on here! This county is bursting with amazing musicians, actors and athletes as well as the skills of the unsung heroes we encounter everyday.

Our Yorkshire hero is none other than the fabulous Emily Bronte for her contribution to Literature and all the ways she has inspired us throughout our lives and for the generations that she will inspire in the future.

Tell us about your Yorkshire hero and what makes them special in your eyes.