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Poetry renaissance in South Yorkshire

The 2017 South Yorkshire Poetry Festival has been taking place at venues across the region with a series of contemporary poetry events including readings, performance and walks. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to festival director Brian Lewis.

Women’s pit camp memorabilia on display

Sheffield Women against Pit Closures are the subject of a new ‘protest lab’ exhibition at the Millenium Gallery. The exhibition includes memorabilia, banners and poetry from the 1984/85 miners strike but also for the first time from the women’s pit camp at Houghton Main in 1993 set up to campaign against pit closures. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Poetry Open Mic night – Monday 23 June

Gorilla Poetry invite Sheffield Live listeners and website readers to an open mic night, on Monday 23 June, at the Bell Jar on London road.

Sheffield Live asked Gorilla Events’ Liz Searle what it’s all about.

“Gorillas is a lovely, lively night for all poets, new and veteran, shy and brazen, to come and meet other writers and speakers in a welcoming Sheffield pub (the Bell Jar on London Road). Our Monday night sessions alternate between slams (competition with friendly, supportive judging and lots of applause!) and open mics, which are a good place to try out new stuff.

“As a fairly new poet, for me Gorillas is fun, exciting, creative and above all inclusive. Nobody feels like they can’t have a go, and everybody feels happy (except when there is a sad poem of course). Every session has a different vibe according to the people who come along, and I always leave feeling inspired and tickled by words.”

What next?

  • Take a look at the Gorilla Poetry facebook page
  • Get down there on Monday 23rd June from 7.30pm at the Bell Jar – appreciative listeners are also welcomed!

Cornucopia Live: The Performances!


Well, we did it! On Saturday the 30th of October, as part of the ‘Off the Shelf’ festival, the ‘Cornucopia Radio Show’ was broadcast live from the Sheffield Winter Gardens, for 6 hours between 11am and 5pm.

The day featured poets, storytellers, comedians, performers, actors, musicians, singers and local amateur dramatic groups. Yes, it was a little chaotic (let there be no doubt about that!) but it was also pretty amazing, because amazing is the thing we do best!

Click here for an image gallery featuring every performer or click on the audio player below to listen to each and every act (and if you want to download them as individual mp3s click here)

And if you’d like to get involved in any of our future live events or help with the recording of our studio pieces, then our email address would be a good place to start: studio@cornucopia-radio.co.uk, or if that’s too hard, just try visiting the website.

The Poetry Show

On the 29th of March, a talented bunch of writers from across the UK got together to present and perform a new radio show featuring a unique collection of live poetry and music. The show was recorded ‘as live‘ at ‘The Red House’ pub on Solly street and produced by wordsandthings.co.uk in association with Sheffieldlive!

This evening was conceived by the ‘Bard of Broomhill’ otherwise known as Ruth Grimsley, who presented her unique and unmissable readings along with co-host Paul Amber.

The show also featured amazing performances by Richard Faulkner, Mr & Mrs Mills, Graham Stevens, Rex Davies, Anxious Andrews and Sue Wallis

And if you fancy getting involved with future poetry or writing events, remember to check out wordsandthings.co.uk or email us here at info@sheffieldlive.org

Update: The next ‘Words and Things: Open Mic Roadshow’ will be taking place on June 8th upstairs at the Harlequin pub on Nursery Street

The Poetry Show (90 mins) Warning: Contains Some Adult Language

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