On Shakespeare’s sonnets – audio


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Ten poets who feature in the anthology, 'On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration', read and discuss their work.

This spring it is 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death. To mark this, a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations co-ordinated by King’s College London, has come together as Shakespeare 400 to curate a series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities. Working with King’s, the Arden Shakespeare and the British Council, the RSL has commissioned some of the country’s greatest poets to respond in verse to Shakespeare’s sonnets. We celebrate the publication of the anthology, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration, and listen to ten poets (Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, Mimi Khalvati, Paul Muldoon, Bernard O’Donoghue, Ruth Padel, Don Paterson, Fiona Sampson and Jo Shapcott) read and discuss their work. The reading is chaired by the Shakespeare scholar Margreta de Grazia.

Recorded on: February 11, 2016