Workshop 4: Hannah Lowe

Saturday 7 May, 12.00-14.00

Percy Building, Newcastle University


Breaking the Sonnet

This workshop will consider the contemporary sonnet or ‘little song’ as it translates from the Italian – often described as a ‘box’ because of its visual look and tight formal constraints. We will read and discuss a range of sonnets by formal sonneteers to sonnet experimenters, looking at how the form may constrain and escape its own parameters. Participants will be encouraged to write a range of sonnets, breaking the rules as they go.