I was delighted and intrigued to find out about this day devoted to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, organised by Shakespeare scholar, Jane Kingsley-Smith, a Reader in English at Roehampton University, who writes:
‘On 20th October, Roehampton University brings together a unique panel of Shakespeare experts and contemporary poets to discuss the influence and afterlife of the Shakespeare sonnet.
Which Shakespeare sonnets do modern poets refer to again and again? What still attracts them to the sonnet as a form, and to Shakespeare’s poems in particular? Are there sonnets that resist adaptation in terms of theme, sexual politics, structure? Is the original 1609 sequence still important or do a small number of sonnets now stand alone? What are the challenges and possibilities afforded by adapting Shakespeare’s sonnets into modern idiom and modern culture?
The day begins with a keynote lecture by Heather Dubrow, Chair in the Poetic Imagination at Fordham University, whose experience as a renowned scholar and published poet promises brilliant insights into the historical but also the modern context of the Shakespearean sonnet. Two panel dicussions will follow, promising lively and provocative debate. The first is between poets Tim Atkins and Philip Terry (reinventers of the Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnet respectively) and a current editor of the Sonnets, Professor Cathy Shrank. The second features Jeff Hilson, poet and editor of The Reality Book of Sonnets, in conversation with Don Paterson and Harryette Mullen, both of whom engage critically and creatively with the Shakespearean sonnet.
The symposium promises to lay bare the intricacies of the Sonnets and to explore their continuing appeal for scholars, poets and readers. There should also be plenty of scope for disagreement and conflict as we edge closer to the question: to whom do Shakespeare’s sonnets belong?’
You can register for the day by clicking here.
Perhaps I’ll see some of you there!
AND there’s a £10.00 reduction on the day (a non-refreshment option).