On Shakespeare's Sonnets
On Shakespeare's Sonnets: a Poets' Celebration
Edited by Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann
In February 2016, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: a Poets’ Celebration will be published by Bloomsbury Arden. This volume, published to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, presents new poetic work inspired by and written in reponse to the sonnets. The collection consists wholly of newly commissioned works from a range prominent international poets, each of whom is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an organization with which we are collaborating on the book. Each poet has selected one of Shakespeare’s poems that speaks to them, using the opportunity to reflect creatively on what it means to remember one of our greatest writers, and what the wider function of poetry can be in the process of memorialization. As part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations curated by the London Shakespeare Centre, this beautiful book provides a reminder of a season of events designed to commemorate Shakespeare across London in 2016, and a testament to what his memory means to today’s poets.