Sheffield Lit Book Club

What is it?

A free monthly book club for kids aged 8-12. You will vote on a book of the month. Throughout the month, we will all read the book with the most votes. In the last week of the month, we will meet to talk about the book, meet the author, hear the author read from the book, and we’ll get to ask them questions. Then we’ll have snacks and vote on the book for next month.

Where will we meet?

Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus (location tbc)

When will we meet?

Most likely the last Friday of the month from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM.

The book club launch is on Thursday, August 15 from 3-4:30 and features Sharna Jackson (see Eventbrite for more information). We will confirm the date of the next event.

What will we talk about?

When we talk about the book, we may ask questions like: What did you like? Would you recommend it? How would you describe this book for a friend? Did you finish it? What happened? What more would you like to know? What questions would you like to ask the characters or the author? What would you like to have happened that didn’t? We may even write a review.

What sort of questions can we ask the author?

Anything within reason. We may ask about the ending, about something we didn’t understand, or something we wanted more (or less) of. We might ask how they wrote it, what’s next, about the characters, or anything in between.

How do we decide what book to read?

We’ll vote on the books we read. To invite an author, they will ideally be living in the UK. We will read the book with the most votes.

How much does it cost?

It’s free to participate. Most of the books will be available through the library.

Does my adult have to stay for the book club?

Yes

Does my adult have to participate in the book club?

No.

How do I sign up?

email y(dot)battlefelton(at)shu(dot)ac(dot)uk to sign up or for more information.

Call for True Stories

Change and Closure

Seasons, people, minds, places, time, climate. What do all of these things have in common? Change. Change might be good, bad, somewhere in between or merely just change. At this month’s Stories at the Storey, we want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “change.”

For a change to our usual one-theme format, we have two themes for July. They say time heals all wounds. When things end, we often find ourselves searching for reasons, waiting for apologies, unable to move on, move past it, move. It seems we need closure to move from one phase to another.

We want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “closure.”

Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.

Not sure you’re ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We can help you get your story ready.

When: Thursday, July 25, 7-8 PM

Where: Printroom Café, Lancaster

Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Readers are not asked to or expected to pay. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

Stories at the Storey: Call for True Stories

 Secrets: Just About the Only Thing You Can Take to the Grave

Trick or Treat! What better way to celebrate Halloween than a night of true or false stories with good friends and a few secrets shared between us?

Join us for a night of true and false stories as we share stories loosely exploring the theme “secrets.”

To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email storiesatstorey@gmail.com, or message/tweet/morse code us.

When: Thursday, October 31 7-8PM

Where: Printroom Café and Bar, The Storey, Lancaster

Whether you have a story to share or just want to listen, there’s always room for one more. As always, if you’d like feedback on your story before you share it, get in touch. We’re happy to provide brief feedback. We’re also happy to share tips on reading your work in front of an audience.

If you have a piece you would like someone to read for you, let us know. One of us is usually available to read. There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you want to read or prefer to listen.

To order  your free ticket, please go to Eventbrite. Stories start at 7. Join us for drinks/chat from 6:30.

If you’re coming by yourself and are worried about coming alone, please feel free to let us know.  You can join us for a drink or a chat before or after the event.  

Storytelling Under the Moon: Lancaster Words and Lancaster Priory Workshop & Storytelling

I love the fall weather almost as much as I love stories and storytelling. I’m proud to be hosting a storytelling event in collaboration with Lancaster Words and The Priory.

The event includes a workshop, writing time, and a storytelling event.

During the one-hour workshop (5-6 PM), we’ll be writing about setting and characters inspired by our time in the Priory. Then, armed with some techniques, prompts, and inspiration, you’ll write for an hour (6-7). You may even choose to write underneath the Moon (exhibit). From 7-8 we’ll share our stories at the open mic/storytelling event. You can share the story you write for the event or bring along one to share. You can also choose to participate in the open mic without attending the workshop (or attend the workshop without reading at the open mic). I’m hoping that like me, you’ll do both.

I’m happy to review the piece you’re considering reading and to give you some of my tips of reading work in front of audiences.

All are welcome to listen to the stories whether they participate in the workshop so feel free to bring a guest, tell your friends, and come along.

Tickets are £3. Please order tickets via https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/sessions?eid=8337&ses=25288

Please note: if you attend the workshop and the storytelling event, you will only need to purchase the ticket for the workshop. 

Introducing the Stories at the Storey Podcast

We did it! We’ve been super excited about launching a podcast. We put out a call and it was answered! In this launch episode, you’ll hear stories about love and loss, opportunities, regrets, family, and more.

We hope the stories touch you the same way they touch us.

We will put out a call for our next episode. In the meantime, if you’re in or near Lancaster, and would like to come to the live event, check out our “events” section for our next true story open mic night at the Storey.

This episode features stories by Clare, Phil, Hannah, Ignacia, Eamonn, Ann, and Yvonne.

If you like the stories, please let us know.

Thanks!

Stories at the Storey, building community one story at a time.

Call for True Stories: Power

It flows through the veins, captures the mind, and captures the imagination; from the boardroom to the bedroom and everywhere (it seems) in between, power consumes, divides, devours, and captivates. Stories at the Storey invites you to share your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “power” in whatever way you define it.

We’re looking for stories that explore, interpret, test, define, and use the theme “power” whatever that means to you. The theme is open to your interpretation.

Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.

Not sure you’re ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We can help you get your story ready.

When: Thursday, May 30, 7-8 PM

Where: Printroom Café, Lancaster

Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Readers are not asked to or expected to pay. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

Call for True Stories: Victoria Baths

Join us for If These Walls Could Talk,  an event celebrating community, stories, the past, present, and future, at ‘Weekend of Words’ – Sunday Talks, Tales & Tours at Victoria Baths.

We are looking for 5-7 storytellers, writers, readers, neighbors, friends, visitors, and anyone with a true story to share about Victoria Baths, Manchester, community, and/or story. You do not need to be a writer to participate.

What kind of stories? Stories about living nearby, visiting, working there, walking by, passing through, building, dropping off packages, collecting post, organizing trips, what ever stories you want to share, we want to hear them.

What next? If you’d like to share your true story in person, record it to share on the day, or have one of us read and/or record it for you, please message us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com

The event is Sunday, June 9 at 2 PM at Victoria Baths, Manchester

 

Refresh

Happy Winter!

We’ve been busy working on projects and processes as we continue to develop and grow as an organization.

To better communicate what we do and who we do it for, we are streamlining the website, migrating to a new site, and refreshing our content to give you more stories and writing insights.

In the meantime, email us or contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Thank you for all of your support!

October’s Newsletter: Just in Time for Halloween

October’s newsletter has been a long time coming. This month’s edition features a reminder of the month’s theme and an update of our upcoming project.

If you would like to get involved, please let us know. What do we need? We’ll be looking for an editor and a grant writer. For more information, read the newsletter.

Happy Reading!