New Poem by Wendy Cope on Shakespeare

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Photo by A. Harvey

Photo by A. Harvey

The 60th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival is in full swing.

Following on from last year, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is hosting its second Writer in Residence, the great Wendy Cope. She is surely one of the most popular poets of her generation. Her poems, often funny on the surface, ring concisely true with modern concerns and are technically as precise as a laser-beam. The workshop she led here last week was more than packed to capacity. She put everyone immediately at their ease with her friendly, down-to-earth approach.

As our Writer in Residence (which we co-host with The Hosking Houses Trust for women writers), Wendy has been commissioned to write three poems, including one on Shakespeare.

I am delighted and hugely excited to announce that on Sunday 28 July at 7.30pm, as part of our Local Poets’ evening, Wendy Cope will be reading her brand new poem about Shakespeare here at The Shakespeare Centre. The first outing of a new poem by Wendy Cope on Shakespeare is surely a cause for celebration!

If anyone is able to come along and attend the world premiere, our doors open onto Henley Street at 7.00pm and we’d be delighted to welcome you.

Tickets are £5.00, the bar will be open, and it should be a great and memorable evening. It might be wise to book tickets in advance on (01789) 201844 or via this link.

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson

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