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Off with his head! (Act III, Scene IV) Kind Richard III. Photo ©Nicola Davison-Reed

Sonnet exchanges

Contemporary UK poets will be matched in a programme of discussion, co-creation, workshops and readings with leading international poets commissioned to write their own responses to Shakespeare’s poems.

Shakespeare’s sonnets are works that cross and challenge boundaries of love, friendship, gender, literary form and question what it means to be human. The Sonnet exchanges are at the heart of an international exchange by contemporary writers and artists.

In February 2016 Bloomsbury Publishing will be bring out On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration - commissioned by Bloomsbury Publishing, the Royal Society of Literature and King's College. Contributing poets include: Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Jo Shapcott. Sound recordings will be produced by the Poetry Archive of UK poets reading their own new works and Shakespeare’s sonnets.

British graphic novelists will also develop new narrative interpretations of the sonnets, collaborating with international counterparts to find new insights into Shakespeare’s mysterious poems. Both groups will lead workshops with school children and students to find new routes into the different layers of meaning in Shakespeare’s sonnets.

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