A VIRTUAL programme from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust aims to connect Bard enthusiasts from across the world.
The trust has announced the return of its popular Research Conversations series for the first time since before lockdown.
In response to the global pandemic, the series will be presented for free online via Zoom, connecting audiences across the world interested in the study of Shakespeare’s works, life and times.
The programme launches on Wednesday October 14, from 5pm to 6pm with a discussion on ‘All the Sonnets of Shakespeare’, based on the new book by Shakespearian scholars, the trust’s honorary president Professor Sir Stanley Wells, and head of research Dr Paul Edmondson. Here they talk about how assembling Shakespeare’s 182 sonnets, in the probable order in which they were written, debunks biographical myths, offering fresh insight into how and why he wrote them.
Dr Edmondson said: “To research Shakespeare is to research life, to find out more about our past and what makes us who we are. I am personally thrilled that our open conversations about research are able to continue online, meaning we can, for the first time, interact with Shakespeare enthusiasts from all over the world. I hope that these online sessions will be a source of compelling interest, inspiration, and strength for all who attend.”
Research Conversations take place online from 5pm to 6pm on the second Wednesday of every month. The event begins with a 30 minute presentation, followed by an open discussion during which attendees will be able to ask questions.
Attendance is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited. Donations are encouraged.
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk/whatson to book.