Festival Launch Party 

Festival Launch Party
Friday 20 November
7pm – 8pm
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Come and help us launch our festival with poet-in-residence Genevieve Carver and young poet-in-residence Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith, followed by Sufi-soul music from Sarah Yaseen. It’s going to be a brilliant festival weekend, so come along and help us kick it off!

Genevieve Carver – Poet in Residence
Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet, spoken word artist and theatre-maker. Since she began writing and performing poetry in 2011, she has gone on to appear at events and festivals from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Canadian Rockies. Her work has appeared in publications including Iota, Envoi, The White Review, Tears in the Fence, and The North, and her first collection, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy, is published by Verve Poetry Press (2020). At the core of her debut collection is an award-winning live show of the same name, which explores female experiences in the music industry and combines spoken word with verbatim audio recordings and music from multi-instrumentalist live band The Unsung.
Genevieve Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her storytelling – The Reviews Hub.

Lauren Hollingsworth Smith – Young Poet in Residence
Lauren Hollingsworth Smith is a young writer from Rotherham and a member of Hive’s poetry collective and Rotherham Young Writers. She was one of 15 winners in the international Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards in 2019, and was highly commended in the Young Northern Writers Award and Ilkley Young Writers Competition in the same year. Lauren volunteers as a writing mentor to children at Grimm & Co. She has been published in Hive anthologies, halfway smile and surfing the twilight, and was recently commissioned to write a poem for Hive’s Birdlife podcast project. She’s performed at various young writers’ events, and festivals including the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival.

Sarah Yaseen is a Manchester-based singer-songwriter, peace activist and broadcaster, with enduring family roots in Kashmir. As a solo artist she performs as Sarah the Sufi, singing mainly in Urdu, the language of poetry & love, but also in Punjabi, Arabic & English, whilst accompanying herself on acoustic guitar or with Arabic darbuka. Sarah is a frontline singer with Womad favourites Rafiki Jazz, with her own back-to-the-roots trio Ruhaani, and with Sufi duo Roses of Fatima.