The Diary: Bard of Barnsley on the cone to give city poet directions

Pictured is Sally Goldsmith along with Ian McMillan at the launch of her Poetry Anthology at the St Georges Church,Lecture Theatre,in Sheffield City Centre
Pictured is Sally Goldsmith along with Ian McMillan at the launch of her Poetry Anthology at the St Georges Church,Lecture Theatre,in Sheffield City Centre
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Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan joined Sheffield’s newest published poet Sally Goldsmith to launch her debut book – in his own inimitable style.

The Darfield wordsmith used a traffic cone to broadcast his approval for the anthology Are We There Yet?

“I like to think there’s a sense of fun running through the book,” says Sally, the partner of Radio Sheffield legend Rony Robinson. “So to have Ian bring his own sense of fun to the occasion was a real pleasure.”

The book – containing 50 poems inspired by everything from childhood journeys (hence the title) to stays in strange Scottish castles – is the first by 60-year-old Sally. That’s despite working as a writer for years.

Her day job involves her going into schools and care homes to help people understand the world better through word.

She says: “That’s such rewarding work because I just love words. But there’s something very special about seeing your own work in print.”

Special for her – and for Sheffielders too. A range of famous (and not so famous) city sites crop up in the text, from footpaths in Totley to the views from Heeley.

More than 300 people turned up to the launch at St George’s Church Lecture Theatre, in Mappin Street, to watch the pair perform.