The Poet Laureate’s Drive-In with Simon Armitage Supported by Warda Yassin
Sun, 11 October 6:30pm - 7:30pm
An evening of sonnets and bonnets – park up as Poet Laureate Simon Armitage takes centre stage at this unique poetry drive-in. Performing for a socially distanced audience in their cars, Simon will be premiering two new works commissioned by Off the Shelf celebrating former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ time in Mexborough. Simon will also read from his latest book Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems a wonderful collection evoking a sense of place – in this case his beloved West Yorkshire.
The poet laureate rarely read as a child – it was the view from his house at the edge of the moors that shaped his poetic vision – The Guardian
Warda Yassin is a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize and her winning pamphlet Tea with Cardamom was published by Poetry Business in June 2019.
Ticket price is per car for this drive in event.
With thanks to our partners The Village Screen
Books, including selected signed copies or signed book plates are available through our Festival Bookseller Blackwell’s with free postage. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0114 278 7211 or visit the shop at Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RA
Important information about the Drive-in Poetry event: The safety of our staff and our attendees is our number one priority, so we’ve put together a detailed plan to ensure that all health and safety aspects of the event, including COVID specific measures, are properly managed and within current government COVID-19 requirements. We expect attendees to adhere to the latest government guidance when attending our events, and some extra measures that we may have put in place to keep everyone safe whilst enjoying a great experience. This includes abiding by the correct social distancing measures and using the hand washing facilities on site where appropriate. Attendees must remain in their cars throughout the event, but can leave their cars to use the toilet facilities. Hand washing stations are provided on site and toilets will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Although wearing masks is not mandatory, we do encourage them where possible. Full information here