Yorkshire Voices


Poetry reading with Ian McMillan and Sally Goldsmith plus discussion

Wednesday 10th July

St George's Church Lecture Theatre, University of Sheffield, 7-9pm

Free event but booking required: http://yorkshirevoices.eventbrite.co.uk/

Poetry writing workshop with Peter Sansom of the Poetry Business

Friday 12th July

The Poetry Business, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS, 7-9pm

Free event but booking required. Spaces limited: http://yorkshirevoices2.eventbrite.co.uk

Hard Steel (1942) 6pm, the Showroom Cinema

Sunday 14th July

Based on a novel by local author Arthur Eaglestone (who used the pseudonym Roger Dataller), Hard Steel was partly filmed in Sheffield steel works. With introduction and discussion.

Showroom booking: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/hardsteel

Sing—Folk—Speak featuring Nancy Kerr and Ray Hearne

Tuesday 23rd July

The Greystones (Greystones Road, S11 7BS) from 7.30pm. 

Free event, no booking required, http://singfolkspeak.wordpress.com/.

Further Information

Poetry reading with Ian McMillan and Sally Goldsmith plus discussion

Wednesday 10 July, 7–9pm
St George's Church Lecture Theatre, University of Sheffield
Book your free ticket

Part of a series of events organised to coincide with the ‘Yorkshire Voices’ exhibition at the University of Sheffield.

Ian McMillan is a British poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster. His many books and pamphlets include the verse autobiography Talking Myself Home (John Murray, 2008), I Found This Shirt (Carcanet, 1998) and This Lake Used to be Frozen: Lamps (Smith/Doorstep, 2011). Publications on Yorkshire include Chelp and Chunter: How to Talk Tyke (2007) and Yorkshire Humour (Dalesman, 2009). Ian is Barnsley FC’s writer-in-residence, tours with The Ian McMillan Orchestra and presents The Verb on Radio 3.

Sally Goldmith is a poet, songwriter and broadcaster. Her pamphlet Singer was chosen by Michael Longley to be a first stage winner in the 2008 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She has written Radio 4 drama and features for local voices, including a musical documentary on the Izal medicated toilet roll.
This ‘Yorkshire Voices’ event marks the launch of Sally’s new poetry collection Are We There Yet? (Smith/Doorstep2013) which David Morley has described as showcasing “delightful, exuberant poems of presence and recollection” while Conor O’Callaghan has observed that she has “a singer’s ear for natural cadence and repetition”.

After their poetry readings, Sally and Ian will join Dr Jane Hodson from the University of Sheffield and the audience for a discussion about how and why poets try to capture a ‘local voice’ in their poetry.

Poetry writing workshop

One of a series of events organised to coincide with the ‘Yorkshire Voices’ exhibition at the University of Sheffield. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/exhibition/yorkshirevoices

Join us for a poetry writing workshop led by Peter Sansom, co-director of The Poetry Business and co-editor of The North magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.

Peter will lead the workshop through a series of exercises to get us writing and reflecting upon what it means to write in a ‘local’ voice.

You don’t need to be from Yorkshire and you don’t need to have any previous experience of writing poetry!

Hard Steel (1942) 6pm, the Showroom Cinema

Norman Walker's Sheffield-set drama, filmed as part of the war effort, has not been screened publically since it was shown on TV in the 1980s. It is based on the novel 'Steel Saraband' by Rotherham author Roger Dataller (a pseudonym for Arthur Eaglestone).

Steelworker Walter (Wilfrid Lawson) rises through the ranks until he becomes manager of three steel mills, but ruthless ambition overwhelms him. He antagonises his fellow workers and alienates his smart-witted and compassionate wife Ginger (Betty Stockfeld), who is drawn to the cultured Alan (John Stuart).

Hugh Escott and Jane Hodson of the University of Sheffield will lead a discussion after the film. The screening coincides with the University’s Yorkshire Voices exhibition.

This event is hosted by the Showroom Cinema and standard ticket prices apply http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/hardsteel


At this year’s Sing-Folk-Speak, we’ll be talking about the city and the countryside in folk song. Nancy Kerr and Ray Hearne will be on hand to provide the songs. They’ll be joined in conversation by academics and by the general public. Come down on the 23rd July and share your thoughts on the following:

  • What do folk songs tell us about the environments we live in?
  • What do they tell us about the places we used to live in?
  • Is folk music a rural thing? Or does it come from city-dweller’s nostalgia for the countryside?
  • Does folk music have anything in common with twenty-first century urban music in the way that both approach the city?
  • Does South Yorkshire folk music have a distinctive identity that sets it apart from the folk music emerging from other places?
  • Do folk songs reflect differences in the way that country and city people talk or think (in South Yorkshire and further afield)?
  • Is the folk music of South Yorkshire grounded in an urban or a rural identity?

This event has been funded by the University of Sheffield, and will appear as part of the ‘South Yorkshire Voices’ project.

Contact Information

For any queries regarding the Yorkshire Voices events please contact Dr Jane Hodson, on j.hodson@sheffield.ac.uk.