Sheffield arts festival returns for fourth year

Benjamin Zephaniah.
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Top writers and poets are set to star at Sheffield University’s annual Lyric festival - a celebration of the written and spoken word, now in its fourth year.

The event, running from May 14 to 17, features superstar poet Benjamin Zephaniah, TS Eliot Prize winner Sinead Morrissey and Patience Agbabi, reading from her contemporary ‘remix’ of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Emerging stars will also get their moment in the spotlight on the opening day of the event at Mappin Hall when creative writing masters students will share a selection of their newest and most exciting work.

They will be joined by Agnes Lehoczky, a Hungarian-born award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at the university, on a night marking the publication of her third poetry collection Carillonneur.

The event will also see the launch of CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets.

On the Friday Sinead Morrissey will perform along with Patience Agbabi, whose poem The Doll’s House was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

The evening will also include a performance by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter Nat Johnson.