All items: Brian Friel

Since Shakespeare delighted Elizabeth I by giving Sir John Falstaff his own play, characters from stories have often had afterlives — existences outside the works that gave birth to them. John Pilkington argues that appropriating a character, and turning him or her into someone new, is very different from writing a mere sequel.
The 1549 ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’ was a revolt against the imposition of language as well as that of religion. To capture the earthy, rebellious spirit of the era, historian and novelist Tobias Jones tried to resurrect its language.