Lyric Festival 2014
Lyric, the Faculty’s festival of the written and spoken word, will run for its fourth year from Wednesday 14th May to Saturday 17th May 2014. Once again, Lyric will offer a stage, a spotlight and a microphone to talent and creativity from within the University and from the city, as well as featuring writers and word artists of national and international repute.
This year’s line-up opens with Lyric’s annual showcase of student talent, with a reading by current poetry students from the MA in Creative Writing. The showcase will also feature a joint launch of Dr Agnes Lehoczky’s latest poetry collection Carillonneur and CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, which includes a selection of work from last year’s MA graduates.
Thursday 15th May sees the launch of the world’s first catalytic poem, the result of a collaboration between the School of English and the Faculty of Science. ‘In Praise of Air’ is a new work by Simon Armitage, which has been printed on a 20m high sheet of fabric and treated with a revolutionary catalytic compound developed by Professor Tony Ryan, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science. The poem is to be mounted on the wall of the Alfred Denny building and will have the ability to clean the air around it. On Friday 16th May Lyric will bring you the best of contemporary British poetry in the form of this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey reading from her book Parallax, and Patience Agbabi reading from Telling Tales, her dramatic, contemporary ‘re-mix’ of The Canterbury Tales. Nat Johnson and her band will also provide cadences and rhythms of a musical variety on the same night.
Finally, we are delighted to welcome Benjamin Zephaniah to the University on Saturday 17th May, a superstar and legend of the poetry and spoken world scene to bring down the house and the final curtain.
Full details and links to tickets are available on the Lyric 2014 website.
The website also gives information on the community activities the Lyric team are currently involved in, such as Lyric Academy, a series of poetry-writing workshops for local young writers. The latest generation of writing talent from across Sheffield are working with Helen Mort, Bridget Minamore and Andrew McMillan throughout the spring to create new and original work of their own. We will be holding a special event in June to celebrate their achievements and to present all our graduates with Lyric Academy certificates.
For those of you who missed last year’s Lyric festival, you can now view readings and interviews with some of the poets featured in the 2013 celebrations on iTunes U. The Lyric channel was launched at the end of March with a fantastically positive response – the festival was featured in the iTunes ‘New and Notable’ front page listings within hours of its appearance.