Page extent: 536
ISBN: 9781849432276
Binding: PaperBack

Sixty-Six Books: 21st-century writers speak to the King James Bible

The Bush Theatre

PaperBack (14 Oct 2011)

The King James Version of the Bible (KJV) is a foundation stone of the English language. The KJV was composed as a collective project and written to be spoken. Sixty-Six Books has been created, in the spirit of the original, in the same way. Pulpit to print; stage to page; mediated through many forms oral and written this is a work that has travelled to every continent of the globe. It has been shared as a melodic instrument of inspiration, illumination and mutual understanding; and it has also been wielded as a tool of colonial oppression.

Sixty-Six Books is a fresh interpretation of the KJV for the new millennium, celebrating and challenging the traditions and achievements of this great work on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. The curators of this project have gathered together a formidable and inspiring line-up of the best established and emerging writing talent to respond to create anew a book of the KJV, speaking back to the KJV with untrammelled inventiveness of the imagination. The voices of Sixty-Six Books, drawn from across five continents, innovate, transmute, transpose, reinvent and talk back to four hundred years of history.

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Authors include: Kwame Kwei-Armah, Neil Bartlett, Billy Bragg,  Laura Dockrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Stella Duffy, David Eldridge, Naomi Foyle, Nancy Harris, Jackie Kay, Neil LaBute, Nick Laird, Stewart Lee, Kate Mosse, Andrew Motion, Paul Muldoon, Anya Reiss, Tim Rice, Michael Rosen, Wole Soyinka, Enda Walsh, Rowan Williams, Jeanette Winterson and many more.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781849432276
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 536


'Intelligently conceived… deliciously varied and inventive... This truly is ‘event theatre’' 4**** Evening Standard

'Nothing short of miraculous… the written word has turned to the flesh of living theatre' 4**** The Times

'A memorable achievement.. a major piece of work… not only celebrates this great piece of English literature [King James Bible] but is a wide ranging comment on our own times.' British Theatre Guide

'A big, bold enterprise.. it makes you want to go to the book' The Guardian

'...scattered with gems: some richly poetic, some delicately capturing the inarticulacies of modern-day speech and bewildered pain at cruelties human or divine.' The Independent

'It’s a tremendous idea...You get intensely felt pieces (such as Caroline Bird’s response to Leviticus); stories told from a new perspective (such as Stella Duffy’s tender Ruth); and thoughtful, personal interpretations, such as Neil Bartlett’s lovely little monologue from a middle-aged man who recalls reading from Numbers as a child.' 4 Stars. The Financial Times

'Impressively eclectic… I can see this book being a rich source for actors searching for audition and showcase material for years to come. I would also like to see it used in schools alongside the section of the KJB which inspired whichever piece a teacher is reading with students. It could add real depth to an English, history, media studies, drama or almost any other lesson. what joy' The Stage

Named as one of 'the finest' drama training books of the year by The Stage