By Lucien Young

A Shakespearean take on such topics as Kim Kardashian, Tinder and Pikachu.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Well, I’m delighted to report that #Sonnets is 20% funded! As the proud bearer of a B in GCSE Mathematics, I can tell you that this means we’re a fifth of our way to publication. A FIFTH! Just like Beethoven’s greatest symphony, the day in November we’re meant to remember, and the amount of vodka Eminem drank before he asked if you dared him to drive! Hmm, ‘fifth’ is a weird word when you keep looking at it. Fifth, fifth, fifth…


To celebrate this momentous, strange-sounding occasion, Unbound and I are introducing a NEW PLEDGE LEVEL, the POET-IN-RESIDENCE. This deluxe package allows you to choose the subject of a sonnet to be included in the book, with a personal dedication beneath the poem’s title. Would you, or someone you know, like to follow in the footsteps of the Earl of Southhampton and snag yourself a Shakespearean shout-out? Then look no further!


Anyway, have a blessed day, keep doing you, and please spread this link far and wide: unbound.com/books/sonnets. I’ll leave you with these words from Sonnet LXV, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”:


Dear friends, as long as Central Perk shall brew

Know that my heart shall e’er be there for you.



Look, I hate to be sincere, but it means a tremendous amount that you would get behind this project. Sure, there’ll be other pledgers — loads more, I hope. But you will always be the OGs, the homies who had my back since Day One, and for that I thank you. I’m terribly proud of these verses and thrilled to be working with the exorbitantly talented Ollie Mann. As such, I shall now get back out there and work to swell the ranks…


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