With live literature events and independent poetry presses, there are many literary places scattered about the city of Sheffield.
Sheffield, like Rome, is built on seven hills, so it follows that Sheffield, like Rome, attracts a poet or two. For the modern-day Keatses and Shelleys, there are plenty of literary places in Sheffield. There are live events to pop along to and perform at, and more independent poetry presses than you can shake a stick at. Three Drops Press and The Poetry Business, publishers of the Poet Laureate’s annual Choice series, were both founded in Sheffield.
Modest in size, La Biblioteka is more than just a top-notch bookshop – the upstairs boasts some of the city’s most popular live literary events. Additionally, you’ll find regular book launches and a monthly open mic night over in the cosy and welcoming ‘hub in a pub’, the Gardeners Rest. You’ll also find top-quality literature and spoken word events happening in the Theatre Deli on Eyre Street.
Sheffield is the proud home to Off the Shelf, one of the largest literary festivals in the UK, attracting some of the most prolific names in literature and media to Sheffield every year. And bookshop Rhyme & Reason are the official booksellers for the festival, as well as being dab hands at ordering in those tricky to find publications.
Carol Ann might be based in one of the Rainy City’s seats of learning, but over in the Steel City, there’s always plenty going on at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University too.