Name Check: Poetry success

BBC Business Editor Robert Peston
BBC Business Editor Robert Peston

SHEFFIELD poet Sally Goldsmith has earned a commendation in the prestigious National Poetry Competition. The Poetry Society announced Patricia McCarthy’s Clothes that Escaped the Great War as the overall winner out of a record 13,041 poems entered for this year’s award.

Goldsmith’s poem, Thaw, was among 10 shortlisted for the competition for previously unpublished works which has been an important milestone in the careers of many of today’s leading poets, with previous winners including Helen Dunmore, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross, Carol Ann Duffy, Jo Shapcott and Tony Harrison.

Economy in spotlight

BBC Business Editor Robert Peston will discuss the British economy at the second lecture of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)

His talk at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre on April 25 is entitled Have We Fixed The Mess We’re In Yet? after his popular book How Do We Fix This Mess? The Economic Price Of Having It All. It will offer an update on how the world “got itself into the current economic mess and how we might get out of it” – questions SPERI are also trying to answer. He follows last year’s inaugural SPERI lecturer, Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Artist’s commission

SHEFFIELD-based artist and designer David Appleyard is working with Milton Keynes Council to develop designs for a new artwork for West Bletchley that captures the spirit of the district in Buckinghamshire.

He is developing ideas for a structure that would represent the area’s expansion and exploring themes connected to secrecy and messaging as acknowledgement of the-Second World War codebreakers at Bletchley Park. The artist, whose studio is at Persistence Works, has been working with local people whose ideas have so far included swapping postcodes for spring flowering bulbs and a series of mapping activities.

Robinson on stage

HEADLINING Funhouse Comedy at the New Barrack Tavern on Sunday is the funny and relaxed Andy Robinson.

Starting out as a musician he then moved into comedy where he worked as a warm up artist for TV shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Shooting Stars, Later with Jools Holland and Jonathan Ross. He also toured as Jo Brand’s regular support act. He draws his audience into his world and then surprises them with his amusing tales.

Supporting will be Peter McCole with his personal and truthful tales and the quirky Graham Milton.

Compere for the night is the warm and friendly Steve Haze.

Night of cricket talk

TWO stalwarts of Test Match Special will be spinning cricketing tales at the Memorial Hall on Thursday, June 20, just before the start of the Ashes series between England and Australia.

The redoubtable Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld will be joined by Peter Baxter, TMS producer and commentator from 1973 to 2007. Tickets are £18.50.