A week of sheer poetry in store for South Yorks

A night of performance poetry to celebrate Burns Night at the Hepwortht,  Andrew McMillan(pictured)
A night of performance poetry to celebrate Burns Night at the Hepwortht, Andrew McMillan(pictured)

Starting on Monday, the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival is a week-long programme of readings, performances, open mics, workshops and poetry walks culminating with performances by some top names at the Showroom Workstation on the weekend of May 23-24.

After two successful Sheffield Poetry Festivals in 2011 and 2013 it has extended across South Yorkshire, with a ROMP (Rotherham Open Mic Performance) at The Bridge Inn and a journey down the Mexborough canal in the company of Matthew Clegg and Ray Hearne.

In Sheffield pubs will stage events including Gorilla Showcase: Pound a Poet at the Fat Cat on Monday evening, a show by the award-winning Clare Pollard based around her translation of Ovid’s Heroines at the Shakespeare on Wednesday, an event with the resident writers group at the Bath Hotel next Thursday (May 23) and No Lead No Copper All Gone with Matt McAteer at the Rutland Arms next Friday. Bank Street Arts Before I Met You with Al McClimens and Denise Setterington followed by a reading by Bethany W Pope on Tuesday, readings by John Greening and Wendy Klein and Dorothy Yamamoto the following night and and Americanarama from Root 64 and the Poetry Business Yorkshire Prize Reading with Jonathan Davidson and Christy Ducker next Friday.

Kei Miller, Liz Berry, Patience Agbabi,  Kim Moore, Andrew McMillan and Ian McMillan are among the line-up at The Workstation next Saturday and Sunday.

See http://southyorkshirepoetryfestival.com