Today is Shakespeare's 450th birthday (and also, oddly enough, the anniversary of his death).
We have a local link to him in that the very first amateur performance of one of his plays occurred at Surrenden Manor, Pluckley (burnt down in 1952).
In the Folger Library in Washington is the handwritten adaption of two of his plays which were performed at Surrenden in 1623.
Sir Edward Dering put together the two parts of Henry IV for this private performance at his home. He paid the local rector to write out the play and laid out the princely sum of 17 shillings and eight pence "for heads of hair and beards", which were presumably wigs and false beards for Falstaff, et al.
So our local claim to literary fame is not just limited to H.E. Bates' "The Darling Buds of May" TV series, which was filmed nearby (and is also a quotation from a Shakespeare sonnet).