Sprung from Shakespeare - schools poetry competition winners' event
William Shakespeare is often regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and his plays and poems have been celebrated across the world for hundreds of years, and translated into over one hundred languages. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and to celebrate his life and work, the London Shakespeare Centre, as part of our Shakespeare400 Widening Participation project, launched a poetry competition for young writers who are inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets. Entrants were asked to pick a sonnet by Shakespeare that inspired them, and write their own poem in response. Submissions could take the form of a sonnet or any other type of poem, whatever format and style they wanted. Judged by internationally-respected poets, Gillian Clarke and
Kevin Crossley-Holland, the competition was open to all state school and academy students in London, in years 10-13 (GCSE and A-level students). Join us for this celebration of Shakespeare and the poetic form, as we announce the winners of this unique competition, listen to entrants read their poems, and celebrate their success.
London Shakespeare Centre is devoted to research, learning and teaching in Shakespeare and early modern English literary studies. Hannah Crawforth and Lizzie Scott-Baumann developed the idea for the poetry competition following on from the publication of their own edited collection of contemporary poetic responses, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2016).
Widening Participation at King’s is committed to finding the brightest minds regardless of their background, and have supported this project through the WP grant scheme. Activities are targeted at state school students, students from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, students from low-participation neighbourhoods, black and minority ethnic students, disabled students and care leavers. At King’s we believe a diverse study body enriches the education that we offer.