Festival of poetry line-up revealed

Culture: Simon Armitage
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Some of Britain’s best-loved poets are set to appear at Sheffield’s Lyric 2013 festival.

The feast of poetry and music will take place in the city May 2 – 5, organised by Sheffield University.

Tony Harrison, Kate Tempest, Lavinia Greenlaw and Simon Armitage are just some of the names who will be performing their poetry at this year’s festival, which showcases local, national and international talent, from household names to emerging stars.

Tony Harrison is billed as ‘one of Britain’s most significant and original poets’.

Also appearing are Ed Reiss, Kim Moore, Michael Laskey and Mimi Khalvati, award-winning Welsh-Gujarati poet Tishani Doshi, and contemporary British poets Paul Farley, Lavinia Greenlaw and Jacob Polley.

The festival will end with a celebration of the poetry of WH Auden and the music of Benjamin Britten.

Schools and university students are also involved.

Simon Armitage, a professor at Sheffield University, said: “Lyric is one of the city’s cultural highlights.”

n Visit www.shef.ac.uk/lyric for details of performance times and venues.