William Shakespeare's wise words have seen him regarded as one of the most influential writers of all time. And now one of his descendants is hoping he has inherited his famous ancestor's ability to connect with the man in the street.

The Reverend James Shakespeare, whose family are believed to be the closest living relations to the Bard, is training to become a street pastor in Leicestershire. He says his family is descended from John Shakespeare, first cousin of the playwright.

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