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SHEFFIELD University is organising the city’s first festival of poetry and music, Lyric 2011, from May 11 to 13.

The free event is open to the public and will celebrate and investigate poetry, song, spoken language and the written word.

Lyric 2011 is curated by Simon Armitage, who will open with his inaugural lecture as the university’s Professor of Poetry.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is another high-profile name confirmed to take part.

Other guests will include BBC Folk Musician of the Year Chris Wood, highly acclaimed poet and musician Don Patterson and virtuoso musician and actor John Sampson.

Highlights of the festival will include performances and readings from the poets and musicians plus discussions with the audience.