If you’re near Sheffield, and want to give a poetry workshop a try, you may be interested in the one Angelina Ayers and I are running out of Bank Street Art Centre. We’ve run three sessions, and each time the group has grown, but we’ve space for two or three separate groups to meet. We also include a brief discussion of a recent collection (next time, it’s Don Paterson’s Rain. )

If you’re interested, for details check the blog at: http://bankstreetpoets.blogspot.com/

logoSheffield is holding its very first Poetry Festival on the weekend of April 1-3rd, with “fringe” events in the days preceding and following.

You can find out more at: http://www.sheffieldpoetryfestival.org.uk/home.html where you can also download the full festival brochure. There are 34 events to choose from (I’m involved in a couple) including readings by Simon Armitage, George Szirtes, Geoff Hattersley, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort, Ben Wilkinson, Chris Jones (on the Forward Prize shortlist last year), Elizabeth Barrett, Mark GoodwinMatthew Hollis, Maurice Riordan, Harriet Tarlo, local laureates Ann Atkinson and River Wolton and many local poets, less well known, but well worth hearing nevertheless.

The group I belong to, The Tuesday Poets, have a themed event “Out of Place” planned for March 29th, 7.30 at Bank Street Arts.

There are also launches of new books, an event for children, a poetry walk, a garden party, talks, social gatherings where you can meet many of the poets taking part and even a “poetry university challenge” in which notables from the two Sheffield universities show how little they really know about poetry.

It’s bound to be fun and interesting. Some of it might be exciting. If its successful, the hope is to make it a regular event, so please come along and support it.

Made it onto the cover of the latest Orbis (alongside Ben Wilkinson, another excellent Sheffield poet). Here’s the proof, if you doubt such a thing is possible (Click on the image to expand it):