Macbeth Refreshed! Manchester

, 10.30–14.30 FREE
Boydell's Collection of Prints illustrating Shakespeare's works

We’re delighted to invite you to a free CPD workshop on using Discovering Literature to teach Macbeth at GCSE. It’ll be run by the British Library, English and Media Centre and Manchester Central Library.

Why attend?

The British Library’s Discovering Literature website offers insightful criticism and illuminating contextual materials on a wide range of texts. It’s a fantastic way to refresh your own knowledge. But how can you make most effective use of this virtual treasure trove in the GCSE classroom? This active workshop on Macbeth will show you how!

Find out how to use primary sources, creative writing and critics’ views to revitalise your lessons on Macbeth, witchcraft and kingship. You’ll be the first ones to try out a new printable pack on the play, designed by the brilliant EMC, using sources from Discovering Literature. You’ll then have a bespoke handling session to view Shakespeare-related treasures from Manchester Libraries’ special collections, and you can arrange for your classes to visit and do the same.

Teachers say the British Library’s Discovering Literature website is ‘absolutely excellent’, ‘rich and engaging and visual’, ‘a great way to introduce context’.

What will the session include?

  • An inspiring, practical workshop designed by the EMC, using free digital resources from the British Library
  • A rare chance to see early books on Shakespeare, magic and witchcraft including the Second Folio (1632), the King James Bible (1625), Reginald Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft (1665) and a book on John Dee, who raised the devil in Manchester. There will also be a selection of Macbeth programmes and playbills from the Theatre Collection. 
  • News of other resources and sessions provided by Manchester Central Library, the EMC and the British Library for High School students and teachers
  • Networking with other teachers
  • A free lunch

How to reserve your free place?

Places are strictly limited, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email to reserve your place. Use the subject line Macbeth Refreshed! Manchester and include all the following:

Name(s), professional role(s) and email address(es) of all those hoping to come:
School or college:
Number of places wanted:
Any dietary or accessibility requirements:


When: , 10.30–14.30
Key skills: Professional Development; English Literature – Shakespeare at GCSE
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Manchester Central Library
St Peters Square
City Centre
M2 5PD
How to get to the Library
Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7095