Festival Residency: Dead [Women] Poets Society

In 2023 Sheaf Poetry Festival welcomed DWPS to host a workshop and event in the extra-special venue of Sheffield General Cemetery, featuring prize-winning poets Charlotte Shevchenko Knight and Safia Khan, who ‘resurrected’ Ukrainian activist and writer Lesia Ukrainka, and Palestinian-Lebanese poet Mai Ziadeh. Click their images to read their commissions.

Charlotte Shevchenko Knight
Safia Khan

Young Poet In Residence: Luke Worthy

Luke Worthy is a queer poet and fiction writer from Sheffield now based in Amsterdam. His work has been published in journals and anthologies including Poetry Wales, Youth Word Up, Surfing the Twilight (2019) and Dear Life (2022). He was shortlisted for the New Poet’s Prize 2021 and has been commissioned to write a piece of children’s literature for Leeds 2023. Luke is an alumnus of Sheffield Young Writers and a member of Hive Poetry.

For his residency with Sheaf Poetry Festival 2023, Luke wrote the commissioned poem Tun State, inspired by our festival theme of ‘Brains and Consciousness.’ Read the poem here, or watch Luke reading it below.