Lyric 2014: line-up has been announced and booking is open.
The Lyric festival is the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ annual celebration of the written and spoken word. Each May the festival brings some of the UK’s most renowned and respected writers, broadcasters, academics, and performers to the University, as well as showcasing the talent of Faculty students and staff. Previous festivals have included musical performances, poetry readings, discussions and lectures by such celebrated poets and performers as Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Burnside, Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Jo Shapcott, Stuart Maconie, Penelope Shuttle, Don Patterson, Jackie Kay, Paul Morley, and Chris Wood.
Lyric is now expanding its activities to encompass a range of community-based projects, including writing workshops, readings, and educational activities. Watch the Lyric Community page for news on upcoming and past events.
Simon Armitage is the University of Sheffield’s Professor of Poetry. He is one of the UK’s best known and most highly acclaimed poets. He has won multiple national and international awards for his poetry, prose, song-writing and documentary work and was awarded a CBE in 2010.
Simon teaches on the MA in Creative Writing in the School of English.
Joanna Gavins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English. Her research focuses on the relationships between language, literature and cognition and she has particular interests in readers’ cognitive experiences of poetry.
Jo has published widely on cognitive poetics and teaches courses on literary language, cognition, and contemporary poetry and prose.