A living document rather than a relic: The Auckland First Folio at 400


Central City Library | Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, Level 2

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Sunday 23 April 2023


Photographer: Jay Farnworth. Shakespeare's First Folio. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections.

Auckland Libraries is celebrating 400 years since the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the launch of the digitised Auckland Folio on Kura Heritage Collections Online.

Join us at the Central City Library to learn more about the First Folio, see the book on display, and explore our new online version.

To mark the occasion, we have invited Dr. Sophie Tomlinson from the University of Auckland and Michael Hurst from the Auckland Theatre Company to accompany David Ashman and Robert Eruera from Auckland Libraries for a programme of short talks and readings.

On the programme:

  • Auckland Libraries’ book conservator David Ashman will give an illustrated overview of what’s involved in conserving and digitising a 400 year-old treasure of English literature.
  • Dr. Sophie Tomlinson will talk about the University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare productions in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Michael Hurst will mark the official launch of the First Folio on Kura Heritage Images Online with a reading.
  • Robert Eruera will read from Ngā waiata aroha a Hekepia, Shakespearean sonnets translated into te reo Māori by Merimeri Penfold.

The Auckland First Folio will be on display, and visitors can also explore the online version.

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