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154 contemporary poets write
154 poems, responding to Shakespeare’s
154 sonnets.

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, Live Canon invited 154 contemporary poets to respond to the 154 sonnets. Each new poem sits facing the sonnet from which it took inspiration.

The resulting anthology is a stunning collection of contemporary work in its own right, and a fitting celebration of the inspiration Shakespeare has given to latter poets over the last 400 years.

Join the Live Canon ensemble for a unique, marathon poetry performance.

 

Launch, V&A, 24th April, 10.30-5.30

We will be launching the anthology on 24th April with a marathon reading of all the sonnets and corresponding new poems, by the Live Canon Ensemble, at the V&A in the National Art Library. You can find out more here.

In this remarkable six hour marathon, the Live Canon ensemble will launch the publication of the poems with a performance of all 154 sonnets and all 154 responses, in the beautiful surroundings of the V&A’s National Art Library.

Drop in or stay all day for a Shakespeare birthday blowout.

This event is part of the V&A Performance Festival 2016.

 

Poets:

Mark A. Hill, Antony Dunn, Doreen Hinchliffe, Michael Kelleher, Seán Hewitt, Lorraine Mariner, NJ Hynes, Miriam Nash, Mel Pryor, Becky Cullen, Ali Lewis, Christopher North, Andrew Rudd, Miranda Peake, Andrew George, Maeve Henry, Tim Richardson, Abigail Parry, Peter Kenny, Konstandinos Mahoney, Jon Stone, Rosie Shepperd, Marcus Smith, Conrad Kemp, Mark D. Cooper,  William Wyld, Pat Borthwick, Anita Pati, Oliver Mantell, Mike Di Placido,  Eoghan Walls, Becky Edwards,  Matt Barnard, Marilyn Daish, Charles Evans, Sue Wrinch, Nick MacKinnon,  Sophie Reynolds,  Arji Manuelpillai, Iain Batchelor, Gordon Fudge, Graham Goddard, PJ Heinz,  Robert Powell, James Nash, Kelley Swain, Jo Reed Turner, Richard O’ Brien,  Liane Strauss, Bill Haugse, David Bowe, Francesco Aresco, Mark Leech, Anthony Fisher, Edwina Attlee, David Underdown, Matt Riker, Antony Mair, Matthew Stoppard, Mark Fiddes, Stephen Sharkey, JL Williams, Rachel Barnett-Jones, Di Slaney, Miles Salter, Sarah Diamond, Jacqueline Saphra, Simon Scardifield, Jonathan Davidson, Arrianne Destiney,  Henry Stead, Paul Helliwell, Tim O’Leary, Jane McCarthy Wilkinson, Hitomi Yu, Kesha Sandon, Jo Brandon, Joshua Ip, Deanna Rodger,  Rachel Plummer,  Katy Evans-Bush, Emer Gillespie, Theophilus Kwek, Alexander Velky,  Robbie Burton, Robin Houghton, Kate Venables, Sue Rose, Richy Campbell, Pooja Nansi,  Nick Makoha, Mary Jean Chan, David Clarke, Mandy Sutter, Hilary Watson, William Doreski, Aileen La Tourette, Geraldine Clarkson, , Mark Huband, Helena Johnson, Van Badham, Hamid Khanbhai, David Attwooll, James Peake, Penny Boxall, leoemercer, Rebecca Russell,  Ann Kelley, Gus Simonovic, James Penn, Shomit Dutta, Anna Kisby, Amy Neilson Smith, Simon Barraclough, Stav Poleg,  MD Anson,  Lesley Saunders,  Charlotte Amos, Mo Jones, James Miller,  Siobhan Harvey, Oz Hardwick, Fats White, Rosie Johnston, Nona Charles,  Natalya Anderson, Valerie Darville, Mab Jones, Loraine Saacks, Charles Barber, Brian Deen, Emma Stirling,  Jaz McKenzie,  Nick Eisen, Gillie Robic, Muhammad Salim,  Jo Sanders, James Trevelyan,  Anne Smith, Josephine Corcoran, Arthur Fox, Debby Grayson, Charley Alldridge,  Tessa Foley, Isobel Dixon, Nick Alldridge, Suzannah Evans, Barney Norris,  John Challis, Rosamund Taylor, Emma Simon