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21st May, 2022

Museum challenges budding Bards to pen a sonnet

THE BLACK Country Living Museum is challenging budding Shakespeare to pen a sonnet.

It is in celebration of Shakespeare’s first Folio visiting the award-winning museum in Dudley on Saturday May 14.

The Black Country Studies Centre (BCSC) are challenging local schools, colleges, and the general public to create their own sonnet, inspired by both the Bard and the individuality of the Black Country.

Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) will be celebrating Shakespeare’s First Folio visiting the Museum as part of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ project.

The Folio will be fully and freely accessible all day, including a range of interactive workshops and talks from University of Wolverhampton experts taking place, honouring Shakespeare’s impact on modern society.

To celebrate the Folio’s visit, the Black Country Studies Centre are working with the museum to host the sonnet competition to win a family ticket to Black Country Living Museum.

The ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project is an ambitious three-year celebration of one of the UK’s most important cultural assets, the vast Shakespeare Memorial Library housed within the Library of Birmingham.

‘Everything to Everybody’ aims to give the city’s unique Shakespeare heritage back to the people and is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, with funding also contributed by National Lottery Heritage Fund and History West Midlands.

The museum is asking you to compose a poem expressing your appreciation for the Black Country. The competition has been launched with prize categories for a primary school, secondary school, college/sixth form and general public winner.

Primary school entries are welcome to contribute any form of poem, while entries in other categories should take Shakespeare’s sonnet form. The most unique poem will win a family ticket to the museum, and school-aged entries will also win a Black Country goodie bag for their school.

The museum asks for all school-age entries to be emailed to learning@bclm.com, and all public entries to be emailed to marketing@bclm.com, by Tuesday May 31. Entries must use the subject line ‘Shakespeare poetry competition’. Each entry must contain the final draft of the author’s poem along with the author’s name (school, and year group must also be provided for school-age entries).

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