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.

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!

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories on the theme “Ghosts”

Just in time for Trick or Treat, this month’s Stories at the Storey theme is “ghosts” (loosely explored).

Ghosts. They haunt us, appearing when we least expect it, often when we most need it. Slipping through time and space, they take residence in our minds, our memories, and the walls, returning, like the past, with warnings, news, memories and stories.
Ghosts are everywhere and so are their stories. This month Stories at the Storey’s theme is “ghosts” (loosely interpreted). We’re looking for ghost stories about events, relationships, people, and anything else that haunts you.
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.

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, October 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.

Call for True Stories: September Stories at the Storey True Story Open Mic

Calling all writers, storytellers, friends, and anyone with a true story to share!

Maybe it’s a feeling, a state, a place, or a name. This month Stories at the Storey’s theme is “joy” (loosely interpreted). Joy can be fleeting, elusive, meaningful, and something in between. We’re looking for stories that explore, capture, share, or inspire joy in its many meanings, forms, and guises.

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.

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, September 27, 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.