Back to Doncaster for Oz star Sally

Doncaster born poet Sally Jenkinson.
Doncaster born poet Sally Jenkinson.

She’s been making her name Down Under, but now Sally Jenkinson wants to make it big back in South Yorkshire.

Doncaster-born performance poet Sally has been concentrating on wowing audiences in Australia with her unusual mix of verse and guitar.

Now she is back on home turf, fresh from the Adelaide Fringe Festival, where she earned impressive reviews for her show.

And she is turning her attention to Hatfield Open Mic Night to read a selection of her poems.

She is the latest name to take part in an ongoing Doncaster arts festival called Right Up Our Street, which aims to take the arts into the heart of the borough’s communities.

Hexthorpe-born Sally grew up in Wheatley, Balby and Sprotbrough.

The performance she presented at Adelaide fringe festival was a show entitled Folly – a piece of spoken word with a fully scored guitar accompaniment.

But other performances closer to home have included renowned UK festivals Womad, Secret Garden Party and Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Sally’s debut collection of poems, Sweat-borne Secrets, was published in 2012 and, more recently, she was awarded the Poetry Can South West Award for Poet of the Year 2012 to 2013 at the Bristol Poetry Festival.

Sally is the daughter of Mick Jenkinson, who will be familiar to many in connection with Doncaster Folk Festival.

And Sally cites her family as a major influence in her work which often includes the themes of ‘home’ and roots, describing them as ‘a big, noisy family and I’m always learning from them’.

She said: “I’m so excited about reading my work in Doncaster but at the same time I am quite nervous.

“Everywhere else I can charm people by having a Yorkshire accent, but back home everyone already talks like me!”

The Hatfield Open Mic night is a new series of gigs for local artists to perform alongside more established acts, with audiences given the opportunity to enjoy great music, comedy and poetry.

Open to first-time performers and more experienced ones alike, the friendly, laid-back evening welcomes all art forms, including visual artists who display their work.

Performers and artists wanting to appear on the same bill as Sally should email

Right Up Our Street is Doncaster’s successful Arts Council Creative People and Places’ bid, made by Darts, Cast, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network.

Right Up Our Street aims to engage more people from across Doncaster into the arts by staging art and performance in surprising ways and exciting places – from libraries to parks and canals to rooftops.