Viola, the Virgin Queen

“You prefer boys…”

Poetry pamphlet about the comedy Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, where a woman has to rule the household after the death of her brother and another woman has to act in a male role to survive. Much like Elizabeth Tudor had to do…

‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, And all the brothers too—and yet I know not.’

‘Viola, the Virgin Queen’ is an illustrated poetry pamphlet about Elizabeth I as seen through the characters of Olivia and Viola in Twelfth Night. Published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. Edited by Alec Newman. Buy the book here: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Words by Ruth Stacey, illustrations by Desdemona McCannon.