Superstar poet Benjamin Zephaniah, T.S. Eliot Prize winner Sinead Morrissey and Patience Agbabi to perform
Three world premieres at four day festival, including the unveiling of the world’s first catalytic poem
Event organised by University of Sheffield Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage and Dr Joanna Gavins
World-leading writers and word artists will perform at the University of Sheffield at this year’s Lyric festival.
The celebration of the written and spoken word (from Wednesday May 14 to Saturday May 17 2014) features superstar poet Benjamin Zephaniah, T.S. Eliot Prize winner Sinead Morrissey and Patience Agbabi, reading from her contemporary ‘remix’ of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is organised by Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage and Dr Joanna Gavins of the University of Sheffield’s School of English.
Emerging stars will get their moment in the spotlight on the opening day of the event at Mappin Hall (Wednesday 14 May) when Creative Writing Masters students at the University will share a selection of their newest and most exciting work.
They will be joined by Agnes Lehoczky, a Hungarian-born award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at the University, on a night marking the publication of her third poetry collection Carillonneur.
The event will also see the launch of CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, edited by Simon, Joanna, Ann Sansom and Peter Sansom.
The second night (Thursday 15 May) involves another world-first – the unveiling of an air-cleansing poem, written by Simon using catalytic technology pioneered by the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science Professor Tony Ryan.
Simon will read the new poem for the first time, while Professor Ryan will explain the technology behind the ground breaking collaboration.
On Friday 16 May, Sinead Morrissey, who was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize in January for her collection Parallax, will perform, along with Patience Agbabi, whose poem The Doll’s House was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
The evening will also include a performance by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter Nat Johnson, who will perform a retrospective of some of her finest work as well as a selection of her most recent songs.
The festival will be brought to a close on Saturday 17 May by writer, musician, broadcaster and activist Benjamin Zephaniah, a pioneer of the Dub Poetry movement in this country.
Simon said: “We're thrilled to present another year of Lyric, the University of Sheffield's festival of the written and spoken word.
“Over a packed four days we host international dub poet superstar Benjamin Zephaniah, this year's T.S. Eliot Prize winner Sinead Morrissey and a chance to hear Patience Agbabi's reworking of the Canterbury Tales hot off the press, plus launches, word premieres, events showcasing the best of Sheffield writers and musicians and the unveiling of the world's very first catalytic poem.”
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