At The Lutterworth Press we are constantly excited by the array of book launches, conferences and events lined up throughout the year. This July is bears no exception. On the 22nd of this month we are looking forward to exhibiting the work of new author Prof. Jem Bloomfield at Waterstones Nottingham. Here, fans, supporters and inquiring minds alike will have the opportunity to meet the Prof. Bloomfield and learn more about his greatly anticipated new title Words of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible.
Listed by critics as ‘Engagingly written and full of surprising insights, Words of Power argues for the overlap between how these texts are approached in both popular and scholarly culture.’
‘Bloomfield takes concepts from biblical scholarship and fruitfully explores how they can be used to challenge preconceptions about the way that both Shakespeare and the Bible should be read.’
Beatrice Groves, Research Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, University of Oxford
Beginning with a shrewd examination of how we have codified and standardised their canons, deciding which books and which words are included in the official collections and which are excluded, Bloomfield charts the ways in which every generation grapples with these enigmatic and complex texts. He explores the way they are read and performed in public, the institutions that use their names to legitimise their own activities, and how the texts are quoted by politicians, lords and rappers. Words of Power throws modern ideas about Shakespeare and the Bible into sharp relief by contrasting them with those of our ancestors, showing how our engagements with these texts reveal as much about ourselves as their actual meanings.
The launch event will feature a short introduction from the author, signing and a Q&A session, in which Jem will be able to shed a greater light on his work, influences and processes.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night!
The event will run from 6:30pm at Waterstones Bookshop, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR. For more information, please go to our Facebook event , our website, or call the shop on 0115 947 0069.
Interested? Why not read our recent interview with Jem also on the blog!