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Sheaf [Digital] Poetry Festival 2020

As you may remember, we had some plans for May 2020. Our plans were for a Spring festival, to be held in Sheffield Hallam University’s beautiful performance space. It was going to be May, and sunny, with the flowerbeds in bloom and the birds singing and nesting; it was going to be uplifting.

The 2020 Sheaf Poetry Festival will be coming to us in digital form, starting on 19 November 2020, a time of year when it’s chilly enough to stay indoors, wrapped up with a book, or indeed a YouTube livestream. The festival is loosely themed around poetry & well-being, and poetry & climate change. We’ll be bringing you a fantastic line-up very similar to the one we had planned for the May festival, all at a pay-as-you-feel ticket price. Any donations we receive will be massively important to keeping the festival going, as you might imagine.

We’re also going to be running three ticketed workshops via Zoom: Poetry & Wellbeing, with our festival Poet-in-Residence Genevieve Carver, Climate Change & Eco-poetry, with Carrie Etter and Caleb Parkin, and a workshop with J.R. Carpenter.

Our full programme will be announced shortly. In the meantime, click here for our Sheaf Mini Digital Poetry Festival: a specially-curated line-up of online readings (featuring many of this year’s poets and performers) that we put together earlier this year.

For now, wash your hands and stay safe!  We’re looking forward to seeing you in November.

Suzannah, Brian, Angelina, Katie and Ellen
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