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?


Does my adult have to participate in the book club?


How do I sign up?

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

North West Literary Arts May News

In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking about last month’s Stories at the Storey, upcoming events (you’re all invited), and breaking through writers’ block. Here is this month’s newsletter: North West Literary Arts Newsletter May 2018

Dates to remember:

May 29th: we are hosting an evening with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. If you’d like to join us at our free literary salon in London, please order a free ticket via Eventbrite.

May 31: Funding Your Creativity, the Arts Council will be joining us to discuss funding your creative practice/project. The panel will include discussion of grants as well as ticketing, crowd funding, and collaborations. We have creatives joining us from a number of practices and disciplines. If you’re near Lancaster, order your free ticket via Eventbrite and contact us to make a one-to-one appointment with the Arts Councils Alison Boyle. During the one-to-one you’ll be able to talk about projects, applications, etc…

Thanks and Happy May!

North West Literary Salon featuring Jenn Ashworth

Special Edition North West Literary Salon

There’s a chill in the air and it’s not just the Autumn-like weather.

Join us as Jenn Ashworth reads from her haunting new novel, Fell. The lively reading will be followed by discussion, music, food and wine.

Jenn is an award-winning author with a distinctive voice, an enchanting talent for storytelling and the ability to captivate an audience.

Is North West Literary Salon for you? If you like engaging readings, lively discussions, delicious food, moving music and good company, North West Literary Salon is the place for you.

When is North West Literary Salon? Friday, September 9 from 7-8 PM
Where is North West Literary Salon? Waterstones King Street, Lancaster
How much is North West Literary Salon? Free
You’ll be shivering and it won’t have anything to do with the whistling wind, the frost in the air, just the words trickling down your spine…
Sponsored by Sceptre, the event is free. Please order your free tickets via Eventbrite. We hope to see you there

North West Literary Salon Children’s Series: August 5 with Leila Rasheed

 Summer + Reading= Fun!


Celebrate summer reading and First Fridays with North West Literary Salon’s first ever children’s salon.

Join us as author Leila Rasheed reads from her celebrated children’s series featuring Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Leila may even read from the Witch of Turlingham series. Either way, it’s sure to be a delight. 

This is a free event ideal for book lovers between 7-13 (and their adults), the engaging readings will be followed by delicious snacks, delightful music and a chance to chat with the author.


Leila Rasheed is the author of Chips, Beans and Limonusines (a Red House Read of the Year) and sequels, also the Witch of Turlingham series as Ellie Boswell, and the Somerton trilogy for Disney-Hyperion USA. She created and delivers the Megaphone Writer Development Programme ( which supports new ethnic minority writers of children’s literature. 


Order your free tickets via Eventbrite

Sponsored and supported by Lancaster Arts City, North West Literary Salon is a BBC Get Creative event