Off the Shelf ‘It’s All a Fiction’ – 8th October at 1.30 pm

I’ve heard Conor O’ Callaghan, and Jenn Ashworth read before, and they are excellent. Well worth checking this one out if you can.

“An afternoon of reading heaven for fiction lovers with the chance to meet five super authors as well as other people who love books and reading as much as you do.
Authors taking part are Linda Green with her psychological drama While My Eyes Were Closed, Eleanor Wasserberg with her chilly, compulsive debut Foxlowe , creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder with her compelling crime novel The Silence Between Breaths, Sheffield-based writer Conor O’Callaghan with his haunting, enigmatic debut Nothing on Earth set in provincial Ireland and award winning author Jenn Ashworth with her eerie lyrical new book Fell.

Plus free giveaways for everyone who attends!”

Tickets £7.50/£6.50 (cons)

Book here:

Town Hall Reception Rooms
Pinstone Street
S1 2HH


Free WEA Film Screenings for Black History Month, LGBT History Month, Disability History Month & International Women’s Day

The WEA are running a series of free film screenings. See the above link for some dates for your diaries.



Write Your Novel, Course starts tonight!

There’s still time to turn up and enrol tonight on this fantastic course, led by novelist Susan Clegg.

For those of you wanting to push on with your novels and learn some new tips and techniques to sharpen up your story, this will be a great course for you. 

“Write Your Novel!”

A short course designed to help you progress with your writing. We’ll look at how to develop the key elements of novel writing through practical exercises, reading and supportive workshopping.

Tutor: Susan Clegg – Course ID: C3667940

Starting: Thursday 25 February 2016

7.00 – 9.00pm
Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB
Fees: £32.50. If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course..



Some Upcoming Creative Writing Courses at Weston Park

Hi Everyone,

Suzannah Evans (rather brilliant Sheffield poet) is running some upcoming creative writing courses at Weston Park Museum.

She will be doing a series of five workshops inspired by the museum’s collections. Each session will take inspiration from a different exhibition. Dates are below:

Saturday 17 October 2015 10:30am – 1:30pm

Over South Yorkshire Skylines – the birds of South Yorkshire

Saturday 21 November 2015 10.30am- 1.30pm

Sheffield Life and Times 

Saturday 12th December 10.30am – 1.30pm

Secret Egypt

Saturday 16th January 10.30am – 1.30pm

Natural Histories

Saturday 20th February 2015 10.30am-1.30pm

Treasures / 2016: The Year of Making

Sessions cost £15 and there’s a discount for anyone who books all five at once.

Book in advance on 0114 278 2655 or

For more information about Suzannah and her work, please  see


5 Interesting, Free Upcoming Events at Sheffield Central Library

Sheffield library runs lots of literary events, has its own underground theatre, and a free art gallery on the top floor. It is also a beautiful building with impressive front doors. Here are some upcoming events that may be of interest or inspiration to you.

Find My Past – An Introduction
Monday 1st June, 11.00am

Carpenter Room, Central Library

A presentation sharing tips and tricks on the popular family history website, highlighting key record sets which are often overlooked and showcasing some of the great Yorkshire records now available free to Sheffield Library and Archives members

Digital Creative Business Intellectual Property Workshop
Wednesday 10th June, 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Carpenter Room, Central Library

This workshop, run by the Intellectual Property Office, is a practical session giving participants a good overview of IP; trademarks, copyright, designs and confidentiality and how it can impact on businesses within the digital industry.

Voyage into Britain with Mike Spick
Tuesday 16th June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Carpenter Room, Central Library

An insight into the hidden world of our canals, touching on their history, geography and architecture. An introduction to the 2,500 miles of canals and navigable rivers that criss-cross the country.

The secret green corridors into our towns and cities.

Wellington vs. Nelson as National Heroes
Tuesday 23rd June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Carpenter Room, Central Library

200 years on from the battle of Waterloo, Professor Bruce Collins from Sheffield Hallam University makes an informed comparison of two of our greatest military heroes.

Wolf Hall – An Insider’s Guide
Tuesday 30th June, 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Carpenter Room, Central Library

Dr Catherine Fletcher from the University of Sheffield was an advisor to the BBC on the recent adaptation of Wolf Hall. She will discuss the challenges of putting the past on screen and looks at how fiction fills gaps in historical records.

All events are FREE

To book, email –

Upcoming History Talks at Sheffield Library

Hi Everyone,

These talks at the Sheffield Central Library may be of interest to you…


Monday 13th April  1.00pm  – 2.00pm
Sheffield in the Great War with Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch explores WW1 through the experiences of local families left behind as the men marched away. From transvestite spies to ‘Gorgeous Wrecks’, drunken mules to gardening elephants, canaries to Zeppelins, this is the forgotten story of a time when feeding a slice of bread to a duck could land you with the same prison sentence as dealing cocaine and left us a legacy of lipstick – and knickers!


Tuesday 28th April   1.00pm – 2.00pm
A History of Sheffield’s Far East:  Tinsley from 1293 with Sally Rogers

Forgotten battles, lost manor houses and iconic cooling towers.  Learn about the varied and fascinating history of Tinsley from the middle ages to the present day.  A talk by Sally Rogers, Community Heritage Manager at Heeley City Farm.


Thursday 30th April   1.00pm – 2.00pm
Snapshots in Time:  The Changing Maps of Sheffield with Mike Spick

Exploring the wonderful collections of maps available to study at Sheffield City Archives and the Local Studies Library. From the sumptuously coloured county maps of the 18th century to the Ordnance Survey maps of the industrial revolution and present day.  A rich visual journey through the growth of Sheffield during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Friday 1st May   12.15pm – 1.15pm
The Story of JG Graves

PhD student, Rachael Richardson, has been researching the business and civic activities of this prominent and remarkable local figure.   An exhibition detailing Rachael’s research will also run from the 1st – 28th May 2015 in the Local Studies Library,


Friday 22nd May   10.30am-11.30am
Hearts of Oak:  The Oak in History, Legend and Natural History with Patrick Harding

From dryads to druids, Robin Hood to Birnam Wood, buildings, battleships, coopers, and charcoal. Bats, beefsteaks, cow wheat and celandine. Kate Moss and Spike Milligan – something for all.


Tuesday 16th June   1.00pm – 2.00pm
Voyage into Britain with Mike Spick

Join Mike for an insight into the hidden world of our canals, touching on their history, geography and architecture. An introduction to the 2,500 miles of canals and navigable rivers that criss-cross the country.  The secret green corridors into our towns and cities.



How to book a place

All talks will take place in the Sheffield Central Library Carpenter Room.


Places are FREE but must be booked

telephone – 0114 273 4712

email –