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February Research Conversation

With Paul Edmondson and Luke Turner

The Bisexual Voices of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

February's Research Conversation will be presented as part of the UK’s OUTing the Past Festival. This event thinks afresh about the bisexuality of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. 

Ever dazzling and intense, and resonating as deeply personal poems, Shakespeare’s Sonnets nevertheless seem trapped by long-held critical and narrative assumptions. How instead might we recognise the poems’ many-sided genders and sexualities? How might we set them free in our time and culture? 

After a talk by Paul Edmondson, we will be joined by special-guest Luke Turner, author of the brave bisexual memoir Out of the Woods, who will be reflecting on how we might reclaim the bisexual experience from the past, and how we write about it today. Signed copies of Out of the Woods will be available for purchase at the event.

Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods by Luke Turner

Led by Paul Edmondson, Head of Research, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Luke Turner, author of Out of the Woods.

Venue: The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

This event is a free, with no need to book. 

Research Conversations take place from 5-6pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Come and listen to people who are engaged in research, many of them working on the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust's own Collections. There’s a presentation of around thirty minutes, followed by an open discussion. 

We want your Shakespeare Birthplace Trust visit to be as enjoyable as possible, do let us know if you have any additional access requirements and we will do our very best to accommodate these as best we can. For more information please call 01789 201806 or visit

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