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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Lucy Holt

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I moved to Sheffield from Manchester in 2013 to study English Literature. I do a lot of writing, mostly on music, but sometimes on ‘proper’ things as well.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Creative shamelessness – I never expected Sheffield to be national leaders in covering buildings in art and words. I can’t think of anywhere else that is so unapologetic about public art.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Western Bank Library. Attached to The Arts Tower by a floating walkway – but less famous than its skyline-defining neighbour – the University’s humanities library is all straight lines, wooden paneling and black leather. They talk a lot about 60s design and brutalist architecture around here, but Western Bank’s reading room, with views of Weston Park's pond, is at least as impressive as your best car parks and Park Hills. Loads of books, too.

What would you do to improve the city?

Something better with West Street. Literally anything.

Latest contributions

Operation Crucible

Thu. 2 September 2021 — Sat. 25 September 2021

Crucible Theatre

The true story of four men trapped in a hotel basement during the Sheffield Blitz. In anticipation of its return to the Crucible Studio, we dug out our interview with writer Kieran Knowles from the play’s original sell-out run here in 2016.

Delicious Clam

A DIY record label, practice room and gig space, fuelling the fire of Sheffield’s alternative scene.

Delicious Clam

A record label and self-confessed labour of love, fuelling the fire of Sheffield's alternative music scene.

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

The city-centre nesting place of the Yorkshire-inspired loose leaf blend creators.