The Natural Language of the Hand: Poet Raymond Antrobus discusses the significance of John Bulwer’s early chronicle of sign language

The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:00

Poet Raymond Antrobus (winner of the 2019 Ted Hughes Award and the Rothbones Folio Prize) will talk about John Bulwer's book The Natural Language of the Hand (1644); an early attempt to document a home-spun sign-language by an author whose adopted daughter was deaf. 

Bulwer charts how different prophets used gesture to communicate with God and suggests our communication couldn't have achieved holy elevation without the physical language of body and hands. 

Join us for a very open discussion about what Bulwer’s book might have meant to a reader in 1644, and what it can mean in 2019.

This event is part of our regular series of Research Conversations and will be BSL interpreted.

Join us for an hour from 5pm on the second Wednesday of each month to hear from people who are engaged in research, often working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s own Collections.

A presentation of around 30 minutes is followed by an open discussion. Entry is FREE.

Country: 
United Kingdom
Regions: 
West Midlands
Address: 
The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
Status: 
Confirmed