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Dr Laura Higgins from Egham and Stratford

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Staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust book shop decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a tree of love and give visitors the chance to attach a suitably love themed note to its branches.  William Shakespeare was a man who knew a thing or two about love and how to express it and many people chose a quote from his collected works to add to their heart shaped ‘leaf’ – including Dr Laura Higgins.  It was a real pleasure to talk to her about  the fascinating Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Shakespeare project which has brought her to Stratford, sonnet 29 and why, whatever we think about Valentine’s Day, ‘the proclamation of love in the world is a very positive thing.’