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New Types of Shakespeare: Exhibition Launch

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 6:30 pm9:00 pm

Our next exhibition in the Poetry Café, New Types of Shakespeare, 14 Mar–7 May, presents some of Shakespeare’s best-known lines in typographical settings by staff and students in the Graphic Design department at Middlesex University. Lines from Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays – and even famous stage directions (‘Exit, pursued by a bear’) – have inspired works that search for meaning and impact in expressive type, rather than imagery.

“We have students from 140 countries on our programmes. It’s been really enjoyable to reconnect these young people with the work of Shakespeare and see their typographic responses to the words,” says Phil Healey, Head of Department for Visual Arts in the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University. “I was in Heathrow Airport recently and they played a techno version of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, followed by ‘Greensleeves’, a song reputedly written by Henry VIII. In a similar way our exhibition is a mix of old and new, like a modern interpretation of a Shakespeare play or a hip hop version of a ‘Ring a Ring o’ Roses’.”

Please join us for the celebratory opening event in the Poetry Cafe,

The exhibition is one of a series of events commemorating Shakespeare 400 – the four-hundredth year since the death of Shakespeare on 23 April 1616.

Images: ‘Oaths are straws…’ by Lauren Jones; ‘Ay, but to die…’ by Arizona Dylan Vitoria-Gonzalez; ‘Out, out, brief candle…’ by Justas Pugaciauskas.

Book now! Tongues in Trees, Books in the Running Brooks – workshop & reading, Saturday 23rd April 2016

Look out for two celebratory events in the Poetry Café connected with the New Types of Shakespeare exhibition:  a day-long workshop led by A.B. Jackson and an evening reading by A.B. Jackson and A.E. Stallings.

The workshop, 11am-5pm, the Poetry Café, will take Shakespeare’s words as the inspiration for found poems and erasures. Participants will be provided with a choice of texts and coloured pens to exercise their creativity, and the results are expected to astound the Commonwealth and set a Will-o’-the-Wisp among the hedge-pigs. The workshop is organised by the Poetry School; visit their webpage to book your place.

The reading, 7pm-9.30pm, the Poetry Café: A.B. Jackson and A.E. Stallings are both poets who mine our shared literary heritage for inspiration. Expect brilliant bardic resampling with references to Shakespeare, Pliny and Lucretius. Tickets: £6/£5 – visit our what’s on pages to book.

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