Sheaf Poetry Festival takes place over nine days in May at various venues in Sheffield, many of which are part of Sheffield Hallam University’s city campus.

The festival launches on Friday 17 May with a special event at Upper Chapel,  and continues that weekend with a busy programme of readings, performances and workshops, including poets such as Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Raymond Antrobus and Denise Riley. The following week features a range of evening events, including a special night with Wordlife at Abbeydale Picture House on the Tuesday. The festival draws to a close on Saturday 25 May with a Longbarrow Press poetry walk and a poetry film night.

Click here to download a PDF version of the full Festival programme. Print copies of the 24-page brochure will be available from many Sheffield venues from late April (including Sheffield Libraries, Blackwells,  and The Showroom). Any changes to the advertised programme (where known in advance) will be posted here.

Click on the drop-down boxes from the ‘Programme’ menu to access programme information for the festival events, or click directly on the event links below for more information about each event (the links are embedded in the title of each event, and will also allow you to book in advance where applicable).

See each individual listing for ticket prices. Tickets are available on the door for all events at the Performance Lab on Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May. For further information about booking, please click here.

The Festival Team

Friday 17 May
7.30pm Festival Launch: Juxtavoices with Mark Pajak and Georgie Woodhead
9.30pm Ghost Walk with Mark Pajak

Saturday 18 May
10am Andrew McMillan workshop: No More Poems!
11am The Poetry Business Big Book & Pamphlet Sale
1pm The Poetry Business New Poets Prize Winners Pamphlet Launch
2.15pm Penned in the Margins: Rebecca Tamás, Raymond Antrobus, Kate Davis
4pm Longbarrow Press: Nancy Gaffield and Mark Goodwin
6pm Vahni Capildeo and Imtiaz Dharker
8pm Andrew McMillan and Rachael Allen

Sunday 19 May
10am Mark Pajak workshop: Killing Time
1pm Hive Young & Emerging Poets Showcase

2.15pm Nine Arches Press: Ian Humphreys, David Clarke, Theresa Lola
4pm Wretched Strangers Anthology Launch
6pm Ágnes Lehóczky and Denise Riley
8pm Rommi Smith and Dave Evans

Monday 20 May
6pm University of Sheffield Postgraduate Poetry Showcase

Tuesday 21 May
7pm Roger McGough, Stan Skinny, Buddy Wakefield

Wednesday 22 May
1pm Voices from The Poetry Room
6.30pm Matter 19: Launch Event

Thursday 23 May
7.30pm Verse Matters

Friday 24 May
7.30pm Jenny Hockey: Going to Bed with the Moon

Saturday 25 May
10am The Reader: bringing people together and books to life
1.30pm Excavations: a Boundary Walk with Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite
7pm Poetry Film Night: Wild Whispers

Sunday 26 May
11am The Living Line with Cora Greenhill