Poetry Please: The Shakespeare-Focused Version

As you all may remember from the dim and distant past when the grass was greener and a politics was less hectic, this blog is a fan of poetry and has been known to host recordings of people reading poetry for the sheer joy of it.

Back in 2013 a bunch of people read some of their favourite poems, for this collection.

And then in 2014 four of us each read one section of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

@RachClements reminded me, at the weekend, that we’d meant to do more (and more regularly) – and so we are going to do just that. As it is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year we are going to do Shakespeare.  The rules are as follows:

  • Pick your favourite Shakespeare poem or speech.
  • Record yourself reading it. Your basic voice memo recorder on your phone does just fine. If you’re feeling fancy use audacity.
  • Upload it somewhere on the interwebs that is accessible on Sunday 31 July 2016. You can host it yourself, or use soundcloud, or send it to me and I’ll host it.
  • If you’re on twitter, post it on twitter with the hashtag #ISpeakShakespeare (not short, but it conveys the gist of the thing).

I chose the 31st to give folks time to pick and record a piece – ‘cos if you’re anything like me you are silly-busy. Reply here or at me on twitter if you’re in…


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