Sheffield Poetry International

Information about the poets reading in the 2005 series.


Wednesday 16 February

Trevor Joyce and E.A. Markham

Trevor Joyce has published nine books of poetry including With the first dream of fire they hunt the cold: A Body of Work 1966-2000 (Shearsman Books). He was co-founder of New Writers’ Press in Dublin in the 1960s and has been director of the Cork International Poetry Festival since 1997. His poetry uses a wide range of forms and techniques and his translations include versions from Chinese and middle-Irish; he ‘fuses intricate argument with plain and lovely images’ (Eavan Boland).

E.A. Markham will be launching his eighth book of poems, Lambchops with Sally Goodman (Salt Publishing), bringing together his personae Paul St Vincent, a radical black South Londoner, and the white Welsh feminist Sally Goodman. He has worked in fringe theatre and ‘third world’ development, and published three collections of short stories and a novel, Marking Time. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. ‘A writer of great intelligence and vitality’ (Gavin Ewart).




Saturday 19 March

Lisa Robertson and Christine Kennedy

Possessions, hauntings, objects and memories, the weather, the natural history of a city, updated epics - two leading innovative women poets take us on a series of remarkable interior and exterior journeys.

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian-born poet and essayist who divides her time between Vancouver and Paris. Her books include Debbie: An Epic (1977), nominated for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry; The Weather (2001); and Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office of Soft Architecture (2003).

Christine Kennedy is a Sheffield-based writer and artist. Her publications include contributions to Reality Street’s 4Pack 4: Renga+ and the chapbook Possessions (2003). Recent work includes the group show 10x10x10 at Sheffield’s Bloc Studios and Dusting the Mae West Memorial Library online at How2.





Saturday 21 May

John Havelda, Geraldine Monk and Ligia Roque

John Havelda is an Anglo-Hungarian poet and visual artist based in Porto. Recent publications include the artist’s book Mor and Os Considerados, a play on CD, as well as poetry in magazines such as Chain, Dandelion, The Paper and Situation . He moves effortlessly across languages always alert to comic misunderstandings and slippages of meaning.

Geraldine Monk is one of the most original and exciting poets writing in Britain today. Often mistakenly pigeon-holed as experimental, her work draws on everything from Gerard Manley Hopkins and Edith Sitwell to ballads and visual poetry. Geraldine will be reading from her recent work inspired by Mary Queen of Scots’ 14 year imprisonment in Sheffield Castle.

Ligia Roque is an actress, theatre director and accomplished singer of fado, often called the Portuguese blues. In recent years world music stars like Christina Branco and Mariza have brought fado to a wider audience and so don’t miss this opportunity to experience a rich and stirring tradition of songs of yearning and loss at first hand.





Saturday 18 June

Martin Corless-Smith, Catherine Wagner and Andy Hirst

Martin Corless-Smith was born in England and now lives and teaches in Boise, Idaho. His books include Of Piscator (1997), Complete Travels (2000) and Nota (2003). There are many voices in his poems, historical or anonymous, heard and misheard in a startling fusion of fragments. His editorial work on the 17th-century poet Thomas Swan has been widely admired.

Catherine Wagner is a rising star among younger American poets. She has won numerous awards including an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her books include Miss America (2001) and Macular Hole (2004). ‘I walk left and abort my future / Turn right and pow a new world’: she is ‘faithful to the scary parts; and reckless’ (Alice Notley).

Andy Hirst is well known to Sheffield poetry audiences. His reading at FOB in January combined performance, knockabout humour and electronics. His published work includes contributions to Five (1999) and Staple magazine.





Saturday 16 July

Alison Croggon, Chris Jones and David Kennedy

Alison Croggon is widely regarded as one of the leading Australian poets of the generation born in the 1960s. Her many collections include the prize-winning This is the Stone (1991), The Blue Gate (1997) and Attempts at Being (2003). Full of allusive, shifting voices, her poetry combines the strangeness of dreams with explorations of lyric. Read more about Alison at

Chris Jonesis a familiar figure on the Sheffield poetry scene. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1996 and his collection Hard on the Knuckle won The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition in 2002.

David Kennedy is a regular reader at events such Bcuk Off and Off The Shelf. Poetry Review said of his new and selected poems The President of Earth ‘one arrives at the ends of poems entranced.’ David will be reading from his new Salt collection The Roads.