20th February 2017
We thought it would be a fun challenge to see if you could learn a sonnet in a week to join in with our Shakespeare Sonnet competition, which is all about making it quick and easy to run a poetry recitation competition in your school.
You only need one competitor to enter, and anyone in your school – students from Year 7-13, and teaching and support staff, too! – can take part (we hope you’ll find than one).
We’ve created a really easy little step by step ‘recipe for a competition’ cheatsheet for you to download, which tells you everything you need to know about holding this competition.
The Shakespeare Sonnet competition deadline is 31st March 2017, and we have prizes for winners so be sure to tell us who they are!
Visit The Shakespeare Sonnet Showcase
Did you know our Shakespeare Sonnet Showcase has been designed to help you find your favourite sonnet?
Each sonnet contains audio clips to listen to, and there are activities designed to help you explore your sonnet in different ways.
Our filters also help you discover sonnets by theme and keywords – why not try a word based on your mood or your favourite season to see what pops up?
Poetry By Heart 2017 at The British Library!
We’re delighted to announce that we’re holding this year’s Poetry By Heart Winners’ Weekend at the prestigious British Library in London.
The Winners’ Weekend is where all the county winners from this year’s Poetry By Heart competition will be competing to win the coveted Poetry By Heart National Winner’s Trophy.
The very best reciters of the Shakespeare Sonnets will be invited to perform their poems live on stage at this special occasion. There will be prizes!
Save The Date
The Winner’s Weekend is taking place on 22nd and 23rd April 2017, and we’ll be sharing more details throughout the next few weeks so be sure to sign up to our newsletter and watch this space.
Here’s a little about some of the judges who have confirmed will be there so far!
Daljit Nagra – visit Dajit’s site
Patience Agbabi – check out Patience Twitter feed here
Tim Dee – read more about Tim here
Glyn Maxwell – look at Glyn’s Twitter
Jean Sprackland – visit Jean’s website here
Free Registration Pack On Its Way To You!
If you’ve already registered, you will already have your competition handbook, but if you’ve misplaced it, just email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it to you within 24hrs of registering.
The handbook has everything you need to get started immediately. There is still time to hold a small Poetry By Heart competition (all you need is three students), or the Shakespeare Sonnet in a Month challenge.
PLUS, all registered schools and colleges will receive their FREE registration pack, which is brimming with goodies:
with NEW designs and bookplates:
and FREE books:
Want a pack?
NEW Learning Zone Coming Soon
Our Poetry By Heart Learning Zone is coming soon. Full of tips and tricks on how to bring more poetry into the classroom, as well as some of our guides on how to make the most of the website.
We’ll announce it’s live via our newsletter and the blog, so be sure to watch this space!
Get Involved Today!
We have plenty of experience in helping schools hold their competition – and we can get you set up as quickly as 3, 2, 1 – three students, two poems each, one winner.
Whether you decide to the main competition or the Shakespeare Sonnet competition (remember: you only need one entrant for that!), the first step is getting in touch – so drop us an email and let us know what you’d like us to help you with today.