Tag Archives: Anjna Chouhan

Salomé at the Swan

By Drs Sarah-Jane Fenton, Research Fellow, Mental Health & Wellbeing Unit, Warwick Medical School and Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.   A Shakespearian Watching Owen Horsley’s Salomé at the Swan was a remarkable experience for two reasons. First, the company was fizzing with a carnal, raw kind of energy that made my stomach churn […]

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Sonnets for Advent 4: Sonnet 7

‘People look East’ is a good Advent cry (from Eleanor Farjeon’s carol), and here in Sonnet 7 we have ‘Lo, in the orient’, as the sun rises in the East. Sunlight shines throughout this sonnet, the ‘sacred majesty’ whose ‘golden pilgrimage’ our ‘under eyes’ can only blink at. And then at the turning-point, the volta, […]

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Leicester’s Richard III

Living in Leicester has never been more exciting. Between people eager to see a car park, the influx of the international press conference, the portraits filling the windows of the City Council building, and the queues wrapping around the cathedral over the past two weeks, it is hard to ignore the atmosphere of delight and […]

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‘Mine eye hath well examined his parts’: We’ve found Richard III

The remains of Richard III have now been formally identified after months of speculation, research and extensive examination by archaeologists, genealogists and historians at the University of Leicester. The burial date of the remains, their age, spinal curvature,  slender build of the skeleton, nature of the injuries and, of course, their location in the Greyfriars […]

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Sonnets for Advent 20: Sonnet 76

I like to think of this sonnet as coming at the midway point in the collection. It seems utterly appropriate at this half-way stage that the poet should be asking, ‘Why is my verse so barren of new pride’? How can he keep re-inventing new ways to praise the beloved? Here again his expressions of […]

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Sonnets for Advent 1: Sonnet 2

During my recent travels to Weimar and Tubingen, it was wonderful to encounter afresh the German passion for Shakespeare. Also, I happened to notice, that Germany has the best line in Advent calendars of anywhere I know. When I was speaking about the Sonnets at the University of Tubingen, the students asked me which Sonnets […]

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