Award-winning poets to perform at The Civic

As Barnsley’s Ian McMillan announced at the 2015 South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, there is a poetry renaissance happening in South Yorkshire, and The Civic is inviting you to come along and be a part of it.

The Festival is a series of poetry events in Sheffield and around South Yorkshire, with a varied programme of readings, performances, open mics and poetry walks.

Organisers are building on the work of the 2015 festival in bringing poetry to a variety of venues across South Yorkshire, with poets that are well-known alongside those that are up-and-coming.

This year’s festival includes A Poetry Reading, with award-winning quartet Chrissy Williams, Roy McFarlane, Zena Edwards and Ian Duhig  at The Civic on Wednesday, 24 May.

Williams’ debut collection Bear is much anticipated from Bloodaxe books; McFarlane is a former Birmingham poet laureate; the performances of Edwards have been described as ‘deep, rhythmic and sensuous’: while  Duhig is author of seven poetry collections, including the Forward Best Collection and T S Eliot prize-shortlisted The Blind Roadmaker.

The South Yorkshire Poetry Festival supports a wide range of readings, performances, open mics, workshops and poetry walks across South Yorkshire, from a timely ‘Politics Special’ to a walk across Sheffield’s bridges.

It is hoped that  the festival will be a meeting of local poetry communities, writers’ groups and national voices, and a springboard for future festivals and literature events throughout South Yorkshire.

Tying in with this event, the Civic is also hosting a play on 25 May by Barnsley Born poet laureate Joy Winkler, ‘Lightning Under Their Skirts’, which is a beautifully funny play set in 1960s Barnsley.

  • The Poetry Festival takes place from Tuesday 16 May – Sunday 28 May 2017
  • A Poetry Reading will take place at The Civic on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 7.30. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions. Recommended 12+
  • Picture shows Roy McFarlane, chair of the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival.

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