Sheaf Poetry Festival is proud to announce its first ever poet-in-residence, Mark Pajak. Mark will be reading at our festival launch event on Friday 17 May 2019, and doing a workshop on the morning of Sunday 19 May as part of our programme of events. He will also be running other projects in the lead-up to the festival – watch this space for ghosts, video games and poetry taking over in public spaces.
Mark’s work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been commended in the National Poetry Competition, awarded first place in The Bridport Prize and has also received a Northern Writers’ Award, an Eric Gregory Award and an UNESCO international writing residency. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop.
We are also delighted to welcome our first young poet-in-residence, Georgie Woodhead. Georgie is a 16-year-old writer from Sheffield who attends Hive’s Sheffield Young Writers group. In 2018 she was a winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year, one of two highly commended young poets in the Cuckoo Northern Writers Award, and 2nd place winner in the Ledbury Poetry Competition (young people’s category). Georgie has been published in the Hive anthologies, Halfway Smile and Wild Poetry, and in various places such as the Poetry Society and the Poetry Village. She’s performed widely at open mics and live events including the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival 2018, and has been a guest on Ian McMillan’s The Verb on Radio 3.