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Sheffield Year of Reading 2020

Wed. 1 January 2020 — Thu. 31 December 2020

Poetry. Fiction. History. Memoir. Drama. Whatever your reading inclinations, you're in luck this year in Sheffield – as 2020 is officially the Year of Reading!

Organised by Libraries Sheffield, the Year of Reading is a full twelve months dedicated to celebrating creativity and the written word. It'll bring people together everywhere from pubs and parks to libraries and museums, to share the simple joy of reading – on the page and in the streets.

As well as a citywide programme of events, it's also about encouraging people to fill their lives with reading in their own time. Get involved and share your own favourite read and you can even win a £100 book token (enter by 31st March online or in your local library).

The programme will follow a number of themes throughout the year, starting in January through to March with Only Human.

Read on for our highlights from the January–March Year of Reading programme.

Freedome Festival
20-23 February, Barker's Pool, free – more info
FreeDome is a free four-day arts extravaganza brought to Sheffield by theatre company Good Chance. Originally built in the heart of the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais, the Good Chance Dome has since popped up in locations around the world. At the centre of the Sheffield event on Saturday 22nd is the first performance by Change the Word – a poetry, storytelling and theatre collective made up of local residents and people recently arrived in Sheffield.

Bumper Family Book Quiz
7 March, Central Library, free – book now
Fancy yourself a bookish family? Put your knowledge of children's books to the test at this quiz. Dressing up as your favourite character is strongly encouraged.

A Match Made in Heaven: British Muslim Women Writers on Love and Desire
9 March, Central Library, free – book now
Match Made in Heaven is a new collection of short stories by young British Muslim women writers. Join its editors Claire Chambers and Nafhesa Ali ahead of its publication for an evening of lively discussion and readings.

Micromastery: 39 Little Skills to Help You Find Happiness
12 March, Library Theatre, £5 – book now
Author Robert Twigger believes that by learning small and at speed, we become faster and more fearless learners, spot more creative opportunities, improve our brain health, and boost our happiness. Hear his ideas on how to cultivate small areas of expertise.

Mischief and Mystery in Moominvalley
20 March, Central Library, £5 (free for accompanying adult) – book now
Based on the much-loved novels by Tove Jansson, this heart-warming puppet show is aimed at ages 3 to 7 and tells the story of one year in Moominvalley, season by season.

Digesting History
25-26 March, Central Library, £10 – book now
Explore the library after dark with food, poetry, history and live performance. Inspired by the British Library exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, Digesting History re-imagines the Anglo-Saxon tradition of feasting and storytelling. With poetry from Rachel Bower, Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Kriss, and a vegan dinner by the folks at Foodhall.

See the full January–March programme online. And come back soon for updates on the programme from March onwards!

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Sharrow Lantern Carnival

Sun. 5 April 2020

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Each spring, a huge parade of wild and wonderful creations illuminates the streets to the south of the city.

Lead Stance: Wrestling in Conversation

Fri. 27 March 2020

Site Gallery

Artist Phoebe Davies and curator Angelica Sule are joined by champion wrestlers Ine Barlie and Sofia Aak, and cinematographer Marte Vol to discuss physicality and gender representation in film and contact based sports.

Creative Writing with Rob Smith

Multiple dates

The Art House

Do you have just too many words? Not enough words? Do your words not do just what you want them to? Join in this ten-week course and explore creative writing in all its forms.

Transmission: Platform Artists In Conversation

Tue. 3 March 2020

Charles Street Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, 33 Charles Street, S1 2ND

Join Site Gallery curator Angelica Sule for a conversation with artists Alison J. Carr, Yuen Fong Ling, Zoyander Street, Lucy Vann, and Siân Williams.