Welcome

Midsummer Poetry Festival, in association with Sheffield Poetry Festival, is a month-long celebration of poetry, offering a varied and inclusive poetry platform at Bank Street Arts.

There will be workshops from WEA’s Liz Cashdan, Fay Musselwhite and Rob Hindle, NAWE’s Anne Caldwell and Bank Street Arts’ Ellen McLeod and Kylie Rogers.

There will also be performances from local names, including Matthew Clegg, Helen Mort, Conor O’Callaghan, Stan Skinny, Harriet Tarlo and Katharine Towers, and book launches from Carcanet, Cinnamon Press, Shearsman, Smith/Doorstop and Smokestack.

The festival will kick off with a launch party and private view from 6pm on the 6th June, with a bar, and performance from Sheffield’s antichoir, Juxtavoices!

Throughout the month we will have readings, workshops and book launches, as well as a symposium hosted with the University of Sheffield – Anthologising in Contemporary Poetry in the UK. For the dates and abstracts, see our Symposium page.

Finally on the 28th June, we will end on a high note with a party of young voices from 6pm, and Sheffield’s second annual AntiSlam at 7:30pm, with Sarah Thomasin and Chella Quint.

For the full programme click here

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Writing Workout with Ellen McLeod and Kylie Rogers

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Launch Party ft. Juxtavoices

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