Sheaf Poetry Festival

Starting Friday 17th May until Sunday 26th May it’s the Sheaf Poetry Festival 2019 – a new poetry festival for Sheffield and nearby – and Hive is delighted to be part of it! Well, in so much as some of the young poets in our network and groups are going to be taking part.

“We’ve been working hard to programme a vibrant combination of poetry, spoken word and cross-disciplinary events for all poetry lovers to enjoy, and a friendly festival atmosphere in which that can happen.”

Foyle and Cuckoo winner, 16-year-old Georgie Woodhead from Sheffield Young Writers is proud to be young poet in residence for the festival alongside established Poet in Residence, Mark Pajak. She will be reading with Mark at the Friday 17th opening event.

On Saturday 18th May, Warda Yassin, who attends Hive’s Saturday Poetry group and has been part of the network since 2012, will be reading with fellow New Poet 2018 winners selected by Kayo Chingonyi in the run-up to the launch of their winning Poetry Business pamphlets which we’re so excited for.

And on Sunday, we’ve got a showcase of talented Hive young and emerging poets from Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham reading from 1-2pm (free) in the Performance Lab at Sheffield Hallam University.

Aside from all this goodness, there’s a brilliant range of free and affordable happenings, workshops, readings, even a ghost walk! If you’re a poetry enthusiast or occasional dabbler, and near to Sheffield, come and dip your toes in (or maybe a whole foot!)

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