It’s nearly April, it’s nearly April 23rd, it’s nearly William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The aim of this blog has always been to write about Scandinavia and beyond; given that we are based in England, much of what we engage with culturally on a day-to-day basis reflects our roots (Irish and Scottish as much as English).
As was the case last year, we are going on a brief Chaucer-like literary pilgrimage of sorts to write about different aspects of England in the run-up to St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday. As such, there will be 23 England haiku poems published on this blog leading up to April 23rd – or, if you like, 26 England haikus leading up to 26th April, the day on which Shakespeare was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. Admittedly the numerical definition is blurred (that’s poetic licence for you). Who knows, there may even be a few bonus ball haikus taking the total to beyond 26. Either way, sit back and enjoy.