We had a fantastic day on Saturday 23 April when we presented an all-day reading of all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets as a part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations taking place across the country. The event was a huge success with a constant flow of listeners and participants, including some remarkably good readers young and not so young, right through until the end.
A report of the day with more photographs will be added to our website soon, but in the mean time you can read the blogpost by our festival blogger, Josephine Corcoran, here. Hampshire Poet, Isabel Rogers, also wrote about the day.
Some feedback from the day
"It was a joy to be able to participate, even briefly & gave me happy spells alone in preparation re-reading the sonnets which I was lucky enough to be able to study at school for A-level Eng. Literature." – Reader Sonnet 80
"It was very enjoyable and interesting to hear so many different readers (as well as have an opportunity to read) and I now have a much more detailed knowledge of the sonnets!" – Reader Sonnet 114
"Brilliant to experience it - thank you for making it happen." – Reader Sonnet 99
And via Twitter
#winpoetry16 #AllDaySonnets #ShakespeareSaturday 154 not out! Thanks for organising such a great event. Loved it
All day #sonnet reading going brilliantly today with @WinPoetryFest #shakespeare400
#Shakespeare400 Thanks for the chance to join the Sonnet reading at @WinPoetryFest today. Great to be part of it.
Thank you to everyone who read (all 152 of you), helped on the day, or simply came to listen.