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Join us for the opening of the fourth Shakespeare and Race Festival, which also marks the launch of a new research collaboration between Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London: The Shakespeare Centre London. 

World-renowned poet and author Terrance Hayes will discuss his recent collection, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin, which radically reimagines the possibilities of the sonnet form and asks us to consider the heritage of the canon, from Shakespeare to Wanda Coleman and beyond. The evening will include readings, a Q&A, and book signing.

Building on twenty years of successful collaboration, the Shakespeare Centre London will bring together academics from the Globe and King’s to promote knowledge and new research in Shakespeare and early modern studies, aiming to be a beacon for the inclusive study of Shakespeare, text, performance and premodern critical race studies.


Galleries (Seating) £15 – £10
Standing £5

 This event takes place on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

 Running time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

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Terrance Hayes reads from 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'