‘Hand in Hand’ by Carol Ann Duffy
Off the Shelf 2001
(currently on display on a sculpture off Sheldon Row – follow the Five Weirs Walk from its start at Lady’s Bridge and shortly afterwards you’ll come across Carol Ann Duffy’s poem. On a footpath by the River Don it is written into a large bronze X)
In ‘Hand in Hand’, Duffy speaks to her daughter, Ella, who was six years old when it was written.
Though the poem is highly personal, in it Duffy reflects on Sheffield’s past at the same time as she looks ahead to her daughter’s bright future.
Performed by Nadia Emam
Nadia Emam is a poet, actor and director based in Sheffield. She trained at Manchester School of Theatre and has since worked with companies such as BBC Radio 4, the Royal Exchange, Stephen Joseph Theatre and is a supported artist of Sheffield Theatres. She often merges poetry with filmmaking, winning the WEX short film competition in 2019 and this year making her first short film funded by BFI NETWORK.