Sheaf Poetry Festival postponed due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you, with events being cancelled all over the place, that we’ve made plans to postpone Sheaf Poetry Festival (previously scheduled for May 2020).
We’re very sad to have to do this, but it wasn’t a difficult decision — at this time we’ve all got to be as careful as possible to avoid further spread of the disease.
We have provisional new dates for November (provided, of course, that things have improved by then) and we’ll be confirming these as soon as we have a definite date. And watch this space for the original festival weekend (15-17 May) as we’re hoping to bring you some online content to quench your poetry thirst!
It may be a difficult time for our line-up of brilliant poets and performers, many of whom have books just out or forthcoming and so are losing both income and publicity for their work just now. Do look them up and read their poems, and buy their books if you can!
They are: Genevieve Carver / Carrie Etter / Paul Batchelor / Sarah Yaseen / Najwan Darwish / Roz Goddard / Carole Bromley / Caleb Parkin / Kei Miller / Carolyn Forché / Mona Arshi / Niall Campbell / Isabel Galleymore / Will Harris / Phoebe Stuckes / Abi Palmer / Tom Sastry / Mina Gorji / J R Carpenter / Jonathan Davidson / Jackie Hagan / Fay Musselwhite / Matthew Clegg / Birdspeed / Roz Goddard / Jay G Ying / Ben Ray / Abi Neale / Callan Waldron-Hall / Nine Arches Primers: Krystelle Bamford, Hannah Walker & Claire Cox
Also spare a thought for our festival bookseller, Rhyme and Reason books, who have the best poetry selection in Sheffield, and if you can pop by the shop safely then please do.
Until then, wash your hands and stay safe! We’re looking forward to seeing you in November.
Suzannah, Brian, Angelina, Katie and Ellen
Sheaf Poetry Festival