27 March 2017

Sheffield’s Multi-Story festival is back for its fourth year and includes a packed programme with famous authors, musicians and travel writers, as well as ‘how to’ sessions, creative workshops and live performances.

It features playwright and screenwriter James Graham who helped put Sheffield on the international stage with his first feature film X plus Y, which was filmed in the city. Award winning author Steve Chilton will also be talking about the huge talents of fell-runners John Wild and Kenny Stuart, who dominated the sport in the 1980s.

More than 25 events are planned in Sheffield libraries throughout April and the vast majority are free. Organisers are hoping to attract more people than ever this year and top the 1,170 tickets taken last year.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’ve got a fantastic programme for this year’s Multi-Story festival which includes internationally respected writers like James Graham and biographer Peter Stanford.

“We’re catering for a huge range of interests with free events – from writers to runners, historians, music buffs, naturalists, craft lovers and more.

“There’s a massive amount going on in libraries across Sheffield. If you’ve not been for a while then pop into your local branch to see what’s on offer, and check out our fabulous Multi-Story line up.”

Visit www.sheffieldlibraries.eventbrite.co.uk for more information about the Multi-Story festival and to book tickets or pick up an events guide from your local library.

Highlights from this year’s festival include:

  • Meet the writer: James Graham. James is a playwright and screenwriter whose work includes This House, which ran in the West End last year and was nominated for Best Play at the Olivier Awards; Privacy at the Public Theatre in New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe; the script for Broadway musical Finding Neverland with music by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy; and The Vote, which was broadcast live on television on election night and featured Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate and Dame Judi Dench. His first feature film X plus Y (2015) was filmed in Sheffield and is a coming of age story about an autistic boy who goes to the Maths Olympics.
  • Running Hard; a Story of Rivalry – talk by author Steve Chilton. Steve’s new book focusses on the fell running season of 1983 which was dominated by the rivalry of the hugely talented John Wild and Kenny Stuart.
  • Treasures from the city’s Archives – An open afternoon at Sheffield City Archives.
  • The Topping Tooters of the Town – a musical event with the Doncaster Waites which will appeal to music and history lovers, with renaissance music and readings charting the history of Tudor musicians from the 1600s.
  • Life on the Road as a Travel Writer – David Leffman, who has been a travel writer for almost 30 years and has written for guide books including the Rough Guide series, talks about how he became a travel writer and his experiences along the way, with tips to budding authors.
  • John Burkhill, man with the pram – John Burkhill is a familiar face around Sheffield, widely known as the pram pushing, wig wearing, fund raising legend. Now aged 77, over the last 25 years he has raised £350,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and has recently released his autobiography which he will be speaking about.
  • Martin Luther, Catholic Dissident – A talk from journalist Peter Stanford, who writes for The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, about his biography of Luther, who challenged the church to reform 500 years ago, leading to political upheaval across Europe and changed mainstream Christianity forever.

Download the Multi-Story programme.