Lizz’s recollections of reading 1950-65

My dad was an agronomist and when I was very young we lived in farms and agricultural colleges.  My first recollections of a book as an object were pictures in a board book of farmyard animals, which I still have. Every Christmas I received … Continue reading

Launching Steel City Readers

In June 2023, Liverpool University Press published Steel City Readers: Reading for Pleasure in Sheffield, 1925-1955 by Mary Grover, who founded the Reading Sheffield project. On 12 July, a special event to launch the book was held at the Central … Continue reading

Tea, cake and books

On Saturday 3 September we held a tea party to support Mary Grover’s new book, Steel City Readers. We want to raise £12,500 so that the publisher, Liverpool University Press, can make the book free to download online. Steel City … Continue reading

Reading the Recipes

By Val Hewson In this Heritage Open Days blog, I find that a vintage recipe book unlocks my memory. I am no cook. I enjoy food but am not particularly interested in the art of preparing it. There are people … Continue reading

My Reading Journey

By Fiza Rashid Our latest Ideas into Action guest post, from Sheffield Hallam student Fiza Rashid. I have lived in Sheffield all my life. I attended primary, secondary school and sixth form in Sheffield. I am now in my second … Continue reading

Jean Compton’s Reading Journey

Here is a reading journey from local artist Jean Compton, who is one of the Reading Sheffield team. Jean was born in London in 1948. She spent her childhood in Suffolk, where her family moved when she was a year … Continue reading

Without libraries what have we?*

Writing up our own reading journeys has long been the plan for the Reading Sheffield team (here is our web designer Lizz’s reading journey). The threat to libraries across the country brought the task into sharp focus for me.  Libraries … Continue reading