As part of the V&A Shakespeare Festival this year, and in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April, the V&A teamed up with the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network to launch a poetry competition inspired by Shakespeare.
The competition asked writers to imagine what it would be like to step into the shoes of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters – Ophelia, Desdemona, Hamlet or Richard III – and to write a poem either from the point of view of that character or of the actor playing them.
We were thrilled with the huge numbers of entries to the competition – and with the fascinating, varied and beautiful results!
We are now delighted to announce the six winners, and to share their brilliant poems with you:
Many thanks to all our writers for your wonderful work!
If you feel inspired by our Shakespeare poems, there’s lots more Shakespeare activity at the Museum, including a Shakespeare trail to follow around the building and Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright – a special display in the Theatre and Performance Galleries (until 21 September).