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Sheaf Poetry Festival is a new celebration of poetry in Sheffield. It'll take place for the first time over ten days in May at various venues, many of which are part of Sheffield Hallam's city campus.

It'll all kick off on Friday 17th at a festival launch event at Upper Chapel, with 30-voice anti-choir Juxtavoices, poet-in-residence Mark Pajak and young poet-in-residence Georgie Woodhead.

Other highlights from the packed programme of readings, performances and workshops include a ghost walk, a poetry film night, a book sale of titles published by The Poetry Business, and feminist spoken word night Verse Matters.

Join the Patron Saint of Poetry Roger McGough for an evening in the magnificent Abbeydale Picture House, where he'll be supported by Sheffield's favourite poet-comedian Stan Skinny and three-time world champion spoken word artist Buddy Wakefield.

Indie publisher Penned In The Margins will host a three-poet reading with Rebecca Tamás, whose work includes a an occult exploration of the feminine; Raymond Antrobus, who challenged Ted Hughes’s description of deaf children as “alert and simple” in a poem and went on to win the Ted Hughes award for poetry; and Kate Davis, who recently published a magical realist exploration of memories and myth set against Cumbrian landscapes.

Poets Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite will lead a walk around Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs, via the recently rediscovered WWI training trenches at Quarry Hill – reflecting on ‘defensive landscapes’ and stopping for readings along the way.

Other poets on the festival's lineup include Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Vahni Capildeo, Denise Riley, and many more.

See the full programme.

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