Hello and Welcome Back! In today’s post I am going to share with you my experience at the Shakespeare Night with Viking. I had wonderful night learning about sonnets, calligraphy and meeting fellow bloggers
Before I tell you about my night, let me tell you a bit about Viking. Viking is part of Office Depot, one of the largest suppliers of stationary, craft supplies and office supplies in the world. Now who doesn’t love love stationary!?Viking invited me to a Shakespeare themed event. I was grateful to be invited and so excited to go.
The event was in Bull & Gate, a pub in Kentish Town. In a room which felt so cosy with comfy sofas, candles and a musician playing the lute! It also felt Shakespearean so very appropriate for the night. There was a cardboard Shakespeare cut out which did give us all a fright a few times as we thought he was a real person!
We first had some delicious food and prosecco, of course! There was so much food and it was delicious.
As we ate food we all mingled and chatted about our blogs. It was wonderful to meet other bloggers from all backgrounds and with different years of experience. Blogging can be quite lonely as often it is just you and your laptop! So it was nice to chat blogging with people who understand.
We were then divided into two groups to get on with our activities. My group started with sonnet writing. We were taught by Jacqueline who has won awards for her poetry. Through out the event Jacqueline’s passion for poetry really came through so you couldn’t help but feel inspired. We read a few sonnets and discussed what makes a sonnet. We then had a go writing a few as team. We were given a line to start off, then wrote one line before passing the sonnet on for the next person to write the next line. All the sonnet’s turned out surprisingly well, especially as most of us had never written poetry and had some prosecco in us!
We then moved onto calligraphy ran by Mathilda from Quill London. To be honest, calligraphy was more difficult than I thought it would be. As it is more like art than writing. I had to learn how to use a pen with the nib straight up rather than to the side as we would normally hold a pen. As well as learning to apply pressure to create different effects.
I had a go at writing Believe in Bumble! Not bad for a first attempt I’d say. Apart from correcting a spelling error. Whoops!
As we left the event we were given a lovely gift which was so kind. The gift was a calligraphy writing set, envelopes, stamps and parchment paper. I found calligraphy really therapeutic and I’m always looking for activities that don’t involve as screen. So I was thrilled to be gifted this set so I can practice at home.
If you fancy getting into calligraphy Viking has all the supplies you need from parchment paper, pens and inks. If you wanted to send your letter in the post you can also buy envelopes and stamps at Viking.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience at Viking’s Shakespeare Night. Thank you, Viking for inviting me to the event. I had a wonderful night, learning all about sonnets, calligraphy and getting to meet so other bloggers.
Have you ever tried calligraphy before? If so please share you tips and advice with me. Also if you write poetry or sonnets, please share them with me as I would love to read them.
AD as I was invited to this event in exchange for this blog post.
Photos marked Taken by @egphotographer are taken by Elouisa Georgiou who was the photographer at the event. She is truly talented so be sure to check out her Instagram and her website. Thank you, Elouisa for the lovely photos.
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