Canalworks Project

Calling people of Sheffield and nearby with an interest in the stretch of canal between Sheffield and Tinsley – whether you live nearby, like to walk there, love wildlife and water, or are interested in its history – join Sheffield Poet Laureate, Warda Yassin, for a jaunt along the canal and a bit of creative writing and thinking along the way!

Warda will be collecting inspiration for a poem she’s writing to be displayed along the canal later this year. A selection of work from the Canalworks workshops will feature in a blog post by Warda. No experience of writing needed, or knowledge of the canal (but great if you do have any stories or info to bring along and share!)

Open to adults (& 13 to 17s with an adult).
Workshop and walk 2-4pm Sunday 6th June starting from Victoria Quays Sheffield
(There may be another walk so get in touch anyway if you can’t make this date)
Let us know you’re joining us as soon as possible to: wardayassin@hivesouthyorkshire.com

Warda will also be delivering workshops with young women from the Mixing Roots project and Sheffield Young Writers in June.

A partnership between The Poetry Society & The Canal and River Trust

Warda Yassin is an award-winning British born Somali poet and secondary school teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize for her debut pamphlet Tea with Cardamom (Poetry Business, published 2019). Her poetry has been published in places like The North, Magma and Oxford Poetry, and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith|Doorstep), Halfway Smile & Surfing the Twilight (Hive). From October 2020 she will be taking on the role of Sheffield Poet Laureate.

Warda has been commissioned as a poet and delivered poetry workshops. She is currently running the Mixing Roots project for young people of colour with Hive South Yorkshire. She has performed at various festivals and open mic nights including Ilkley Festival, Off the Shelf Festival of Words and Verse Matters, and has read with talents such as Hollie McNish, Jean Binta Breeze and Kayo Chingonyi.