Celebrating Shakespeare with a sonnet or two

Thursday, 01 September 2016

#streetsonnets

This Friday (2 September) Oxford Brookes staff will be giving out free copies of Shakespeare’s sonnets in Oxford’s city centre.

This year marks the 400 year anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and celebrations have been taking place worldwide to recognise his legacy in culture, language and literature.

Staff from the University’s Department of English and Modern Languages will be bringing their special sonnet machine on a trip around the city centre and dispensing free sonnets throughout the day for members of the public to take home.

Shakespeare’s plays explore so many of the ‘big’ issues that are important for us today, whether because they are of particular significance at a very personal level, or on a local, national or global scale.

Dr Laura Higgins, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Sonnet machine

Dr Laura Higgins, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Drama at Oxford Brookes University said: “Shakespeare’s plays explore so many of the ‘big’ issues that are important for us today, whether because they are of particular significance at a very personal level, or on a local, national or global scale.

“Considering Shakespeare in contemporary performance shows how the work of actors, directors and designers can offer new insights into the characters, narratives and ideas in the plays; and is a really exciting way of learning about the interactions between the theatrical past and current theatre practice.”

You can follow the journey and see photos throughout the day on Twitter at #streetsonnets and follow @brookes_hums

For those who miss the sonnet machine on Friday you can try out the Department’s online sonnet generator. Visit the website to generate a sonnet and inspire your day!

For more information about the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes and available courses visit their website.