Poetry collection celebrates best of Sheffield

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A TREASURE trove packed with poetry all about the Steel City has been created - featuring contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Roger McGough and Ian McMillan.

The collection entitled The Sheffield Anthology: A City Imagined, features poetry from local writers and others inspired by the city, such as Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion and River Wolton.

The book has been brought together and edited by Sheffield publishers The Poetry Business and academics from The University of Sheffield’s School of English, where a launch event took place.

It was funded by the university’s Festival of the Mind, which earlier this year held Poetry at Breakfast events to gather contributions.

Professor Adam Piette, one of the editors, said: “This is a major new anthology of Sheffield poems written by the many fine writers living in the city and poets who have passed through.

“The anthology comes at a time when there’s a real buzz about the city arts scene despite cuts and gloom – and the experience of reading all the poems is like taking a whistle-stop tour of Sheffield streets, hearts and minds. It is very moving stuff.”

Peter Sasom from The Poetry Business said: “Sheffield is blessed, if that’s the right word, with a lot of poets, more just now it seems than ever. From the start, we wanted to include ‘Sheffield’ poets who are living elsewhere now or are only here for a while.

“It has been a pleasure putting together this book, and a real eye-opener. We knew we were fortunate to live in a city of so many fine writers. We just didn’t know quite how many fine writers.”