The Dairy: Poetry map guides sightseers to the words on our walls

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And talking of poets, here’s something worth knowing...

A new city guide has been created showing sightseers the best of verse on Sheffield’s buildings.

The illustrated map takes readers from Andrew Motion’s If - a poem writ large on the side of Hallam University’s Owen Building - to Bramall Lane where a new piece by Scottish poet Jackie Kay is to be officially unveiled next month.

Along the way, it leads readers to words on our walls which describe Sheffield as “twinned with Mars” (Winter Garden), “full of heroes” (Rockingham Street) and “trashed on cider” (London Road). The map explains who each poem is by - Harold Pinter, James Montgomery, Benjamin Zephaniah and Jarvis Cocker all appear - and why it’s there.

“Why have we done it?” ponders Claire Thornley, the lass behind the map. “It’s a celebration of this under recognised aspect of Sheffield. It’s encouraging more people to find them and discover what’s on our doorstep.”

She produced the map as part of her work with Our Favourite Places, a website run by Shalesmoor design company 11 which guides people to quirky places in Sheffield.

“We just hope people like it as much as we enjoyed researching it,” says Claire of Hunter’s Bar.

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