3 May 2016

Sheffield’s adventurers, literary lovers and family thrill seekers are in for a treat at The Outdoor City Adventure Book Festival.

Two packed days will see outdoor lovers immersed in literature, film, photography and children’s activities at Sheffield’s Central Library on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June.

Free and ticketed events take place across the two days with highlights including talks from award-winning film-maker, writer and Everest climber, Matt Dickinson, and a screening of the best from this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

Nick Partridge, Libraries, Archives & Information Manager at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a massive event for the library planned to inspire and enthral people who love adventure and the great outdoors.

“Sheffield is The Outdoor City because of our unique proximity between city living and outdoor escapes. We are one of the largest cities in the UK, with the Peak District National Park within our boundaries and 80 public parks on our doorstep! We are known internationally as the climbing capital of the UK and we have fantastic walk, run, cycle and mountain bike communities. We wanted to put on an event that really celebrates and feeds the enthusiasm for outdoor adventure that exists here in Sheffield.

“The activities will give people real insight into daring exploits in the wild, covering the Himalayas, Africa, Artic and closer to home. There’s something for families, adventurers, visitors to the city, book worms and film lovers alike. We can’t wait to host this here at the library.”

For more information and to book places visit: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/walk/adventure-book-festival

The programme includes:

Friday 3 June, 11am: John Beatty – Picturing the Wild (free)
John, author of Wild Vision, details a lifetime of adventure and photographing some of the planet’s wildest and most beautiful places. The illustrated talk will take people to the Himalaya, Africa, the High Arctic, Northern Forests and deepest Colorado before bringing us back, closer to home.

Friday 3 June, 7.30pm – 9pm, Library Theatre: The Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, ticket price £7.50
From death defying slacklining, to chasing a High Arctic dream, from mind-blowing feats of free-running, to sea-kayaking across the wildest and most remote corners of the planet. Sit back and relax in Sheffield’s ‘hidden theatre’ for an awe-inspiring and beautiful series of films.

Saturday 4 June, 12noon – 3.30pm Two talks: High Adventures in the Wild and In Some Lost Place, combined ticket price £7.50 including coffee and cake
High Adventure in the Wild: Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure. During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director and cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. His film projects have taken him to Everest, K2 and the Antarctic, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners.

In Some Lost Place: Climber Sandy Allan, in 2012, made the first ascent of the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat, one of the great-unclimbed lines of the Himalaya and the longest route to the summit of an 8,000-metre peak. His illustrated talk reveals the story behind this ground-breaking ascent and includes readings from In Some Lost Place, his autobiographical account of the climb.

Saturday 4 June, 11am, 12pm and 1pm – Adventure Storytime in the Children’s Library (free)
Join us for A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting and We’re Going on Bear Hunt, followed by adventure themed craft for younger children.

Saturday 4 June, 3pm – 4pm in the Children’s Library – The Everest Files (free)
Matt Dickinson wrote Everest Files, a dramatic and thoughtful thriller series for young people, inspired by his own adventures on Everest. An inspiring talk for older children and young people with a love of books and a thirst for adventure.

Saturday 4 June, 10.30am – 11.30: Poetry in motion: trail running, literature and landscape, with Helen Mort (free)
Award winning Sheffield poet Helen Mort has been running since she was 12 years old and gets much of her inspiration when she’s out on the fells. In this one hour event, she will talk about long distance running, landscape and literature and share some of her poems about the sport she loves, from odes to Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to compete in the Boston marathon, to a piece inspired by Tibshelf miner and athlete Tom Hulatt.

Saturday 4 June, 1.45pm – 3.45pm in the Biographies Room, Comic Book Adventures Across the Seven Hills! A creative workshop for children and young people aged eight and above (free)
Its midnight and you wake up in a maze in the middle of the Peak District. You can’t see where you’re going or where you’ve come from. All you do know is that you need to get back to Sheffield…. Create your own stylized animation storyboard, using graffiti pens, stencils and professional drawing techniques.