Verse Matters, a Sheffield arts collective, is celebrating the launch of the Verse Matters anthology with an evening of poetry at The Holt on 14 December.
Edited by Verse Matters’ Helen Mort and Rachel Bower, the anthology aims to harness the power of everyday, human stories. The stories in the anthology explore moment of sadness, anger, humility and happiness, through them, Verse Matters hopes to help voices be heard.
The anthology features unpublished poems by the likes of Malika Booker, Liz Berry and Hollis McNish alongside unpublished poets. Many of the poems are by writers based in Yorkshire, including some for whom English is not their first language. Some of the poems are by refugees, who have sought sanctuary in the UK.
To celebrate the launch of the anthology, which is being published by Valley Press, Verse Matters is hosting an event at The Holt on Arundel Street. Some of the poets featured in the anthology will be performing, including Nick Allen, Jo Irwin and Rachel Bower.
On the night, Verse Matters will be collecting donations for ASSIST Sheffield, a charity which supports asylum seekers. Christmas food donations will also be collected for the S2 Food Bank. All royalties from the book will be split between ASSIST Sheffield and The Cathedral Archer Project in Sheffield.
The event starts at 7:30pm, see full line-up details on Facebook.