From our librarians, archivists and fascinating friends, join us to delve deeper into the subjects, stories and collections that we find interesting, and hope that you will too…
SheffReads: Novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton
45:37In this series, we’re interviewing well-known Sheffielders about the books they love. In this episode, we chat with novelist, academic and literary events organiser Yvonne Battle-Felton. We chat about representation in fiction, how libraries can be welcoming places in a crisis, and Yvonne shares three of her favourite reads. The SheffReads podcast series is part of the Lord Mayor’s Big Read.
SheffReads: Illustrator Lydia Monks
20:41In this series, we’re interviewing well-known Sheffielders about the books they love. In this episode, we chat with award winning author and illustrator, Lydia Monks. We hear about her journey to becoming an illustrator, learn about the process of creating a picture book, and Lydia shares three of her favourite reads. The SheffReads podcast series is part of the Lord Mayor’s Big Read.
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Fierce Appetites with Elizabeth Boyle
50:58We chat to bestselling author and mediaeval historian Elizabeth Boyle about her recent bestselling book, Fierce Appetites. With dazzling accounts of ancient stories, she uses her historical learning to grapple with the raw and urgent questions that have bedevilled people in every age. Exploring grief, addiction, family breakdown, motherhood, love and sex, memory, class, education, travel (and staying put) with unflinching honesty, deep compassion, and occasional dark humour. Please note that this episode contains some adult topics and strong language.
SheffReads: Poet Otis Mensah
29:01We chat with Sheffield's former Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah. As part of The Lord Mayor's Big Read, listen to well-known Sheffield personalities chat about the books they love. Listen online and let us know about your favourite reads on social media, #SheffReads. Discover more about the Lord Mayor's Big Read at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries-archives/lord-mayors-big-read Learn more about Otis and his work at https://otismensah.com/
SheffReads: Astronaut Helen Sharman
26:29As part of The Lord Mayor's Big Read, listen to well-known Sheffield personalities chat about the books they love. Listen online and let us know about your favourite reads on social media, #SheffReads. In this episode, we chat with Britain's first astronaut, Helen Sharman.
And Other Stories: Publishing up North
29:21In this episode we're joined by Stefan and Tara Tobler from And Other stories. And Other Stories is an award winning Sheffield based publisher of innovative contemporary writing from around the world, and they’re currently celebrating their 10th birthday. We also hear from author and winner of the Northern Book Prize, Sammy Wright. His book Fit has been described as a cutting and compassionate peek behind the scenes of a social media Cinderella story. It really is a must read. Learn more about And Other Stories by visiting their website https://www.andotherstories.org/
Poems by the Porter with Helen Mort
10:32During the last week of July, we were joined in Endcliffe Park, one of Sheffield’s many green spaces by a lovely group of Sheffielders as well as the award winning poet and novelist, Helen Mort. Helen led us on a walk through the woods, and beside the river, and along the way read pieces from her various published works. We enjoyed it so much, we thought it would be nice to share the experience more widely, so Helen very kindly offered to record a condensed version of the walk for you to enjoy at home. If you want to learn more about Helen and her work, you can visit her website, all good bookshops, or of course your local library. https://www.helenmort.com/
What's New in Queer Kidlit for Pride Month
1:14:22Former Carnegie & Kate Greenaway judges Zoey Dixon (Lambeth Libraries) and Liz Chapman (Sheffield Libraries) chat about the best new LGBTQ+ books for children and young people. (Queer pirates may also feature.) To see the books talked about in this podcast, have a watch of the video version on our YouTube channel:
Wild Winter: In search of nature in Scotland's mountain landscape
37:53In this episode, I chat to author John D Burns about his latest book, Wild Winter. In Wild Winter, John D. Burns, bestselling author of The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales, sets out to rediscover Scotland’s mountains, remote places and wildlife in the darkest and stormiest months. He traverses the country from the mouth of the River Ness to the Isle of Mull, from remote Sutherland to the Cairngorms, in search of rutting red deer, pupping seals, minke whales, beavers, pine martens, mountain hares and otters. In the midst of the fierce weather, John’s travels reveal a habitat in crisis, and many of these wild creatures prove elusive as they cling on to life in the challenging Highland landscape. As John heads deeper into the winter, he notices the land fighting back with signs of regeneration. He finds lost bothies, old friendships and innovative rewilding projects, and – as Covid locks down the nation – reflects on what the outdoors means to hillwalkers, naturalists and the folk who make their home in the Highlands. Wild Winter is a reminder of the wonder of nature and the importance of caring for our environment. In his winter journey through the mountains and bothies of the Highlands, John finds adventure, humour and a deep sense of connection with this wild land.