Book of the Month – March 2023

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri

400 years since the publication of Shakespeare's First Folio, here is a wonder-filled collection, brimming with laughter, wisdom and wit. 

Each page of this unique book features a poem or passage matched to the date it sits on - and an introductory paragraph offering a new window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language.

The book includes synopses of each play, a comprehensive timeline covering Shakespeare's life, major historical events and offering context for his works, and an index of works which gathers the extracts under the title of the work they come from. It is perfect for reading or sharing aloud.

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Further reading

Shakespeare's First Folio, The British Library 
The Mindful Art of Reading a Poem, Books for Keeps 

About the editor

Allie Esiri is an accomplished curator and host of live poetry events at The National Theatre and The Bridge Theatre. Her anthology A Poem for Every Day of the Yearwas in the best books of the year list in The Times and the Observer and the audiobook is read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale. Her anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year was a best book of the year in The Times and the New Statesman and won the IBW 2017 book award.

About Hay Festival's Book of the Month

Hay Festival's Book of the Month is our monthly recommendation of a book we love and think holds particular resonance. This is our chance to celebrate great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry year-round.

Throughout the month, we'll share interesting links and articles relating to our selection on social media using #HBOTM and invite you all to get involved with your questions and comments.

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Happy reading!