City’s first poetry fest

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A READING by Simon Armitage will open Sheffield Poetry Festival on Friday – the first festival of its kind in the city.

Simon, Sheffield University’s professor of poetry, will read from Selected Poems and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Sheffield-based award-winning poet Rob Hindle, the festival chairman, said: “We are delighted that Simon Armitage, one of our patrons, is leading the opening reading of Sheffield’s first dedicated poetry festival.”

The event will see the different poetry communities of Sheffield coming together in a series of workshops, readings and performance events.

From small writers’ groups to national voices, mainstream readings and poetry slams, the festival aims to showcase the breadth of Sheffield’s thriving poetry scene.