SYPFlogoWelcome to the 2017 South Yorkshire Poetry Festival!

As Ian McMillan announced at the 2015 festival, there is a poetry renaissance happening in South Yorkshire, and we’re inviting you to come along and be a part of it.

We’re hosting a series of poetry events in Sheffield and around South Yorkshire between Tuesday 16 May and Sunday 28 May, with a varied programme of readings, performances, open mics and poetry walks. We’re building on the work of the 2015 festival in bringing poetry to a variety of venues across South Yorkshire, and bringing you poets that are well-known alongside those that are up-and-coming. We’ve really enjoyed working with so many venues and organisations across South Yorkshire to put together this varied and exciting programme. Among the poets featured in this year’s festival are Ian Duhig, Kate Fox, William Letford, Roy McFarlane, Helen Mort, and Ruby Robinson. Click here for details of the full programme. You can find interviews with some of the poets here; we’ll also be adding a selection of poems to this page throughout May 2017. Any updates and changes to the advertised Festival Programme (where known in advance) will be posted on our News page.

We hope you enjoy the festival, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a South Yorkshire local. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s programme and, in particular, Arts Council England for their generous support.

Many thanks to our partners and funders for their support:

Arts Council England
Bank Street Arts
Hive South Yorkshire
Longbarrow Press
Now Then / Opus Independents
The Poetry Business
Rhyme and Reason
Sheffield Town Trust
The University of Sheffield
Verse Matters
The Writing Squad

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