- , 2017
Tickets cost £ various (most events are free)
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Digging out stories from the shelves and stacks.Visit site
There's no shortage of stories to discover in Sheffield's public libraries. They sit between the bookends and on the computer desks. They're hidden away in the darkness of the stacks, tucked orderly into the archives. This spring, Multi-Story digs out some of these stories for its fourth annual celebration of the life and spirit of the city's libraries.
The festival's line-up features all manner of storytelling sessions. Most events are free, though advance booking is required for some.
The festival also marks the launch of the Sheffield Reading Room. Following a makeover, the Reference Library will now be known as Sheffield Reading Room – a flexible, social and comfortable space to explore, feed your curiosity and be inspired, with themed displays and creative activities showcasing rarely seen treasures from the city’s amazing collections.
Our top picks from Multi-Story 2017 are below, and be sure to take a look at the full programme.
Cheers – the History of Pubs and Drinking
As Britain's pubs close at an alarming rate, this illustrated talk takes a social and historical look at the world of drinking and pubs from the 18th century, through the Victorian age and into the 20th century.
21 March, 10:30am, Central Library: Carpenter Room – book now
On Being Archived: Will Self, Hanif Kureishi and Guests – A Live Screening
In this live screening from the British Library, Will Self reflects on his archive – drafts of novels, cartoons, a full hard-drive, family documents and letters from other writers – which was recently acquired by the British Library. He'll talk with Hanif Kureishi, also archived at the British Library, about their experiences of passing on much of their life’s work to the national collection.
24 March, 7pm, Central Library: Carpenter Room – book now
Commoners Choir – Literacy, Books and the Print Revolution
As part of their tour of northern libraries, the Commoners Choir stops off in Sheffield to celebrate the power of the printed word. Based in Leeds, the choir sings: "about the world immediately around us, about inequality, hope, and Tory politicians". Alongside their performance, there'll be an exhibition of words tracing the history and legacy of print, and a hand-printed letterpress and CD souvenir for all. Tea, cake and lots of printed words included.
1 April, 1pm, Central Library: Carpenter Room – book now
Treasures from the City Archives
A showcase of manuscripts and other riches of interest from the city's past, including letters written by Mary Queen of Scots during her captivity in Sheffield.
5 April, 2-4pm, Sheffield City Archives – drop in
Tall Unlikely Tales at Sheffield Central Library
Professor Horace Cope will take you on a journey into the depths of the library to see parts of the building usually unseen by the public. This alternative tour, with theatre group Cry Havoc, will enter darkened corners and go deep into the library stack. Expect tall tales, amazing anecdotes and ridiculous revelations.
6 April, 5:45/6:40/7:15pm, Central Library, £5 – book now
Plant Hunters and Botanical Art – A talk with Patrick Harding and Jean Binney
Join ecologist, broadcaster and mushroom enthusiast Patrick Harding and botanical illustrator Jean Binney to explore the influence of great garden plant hunters such as Joseph Banks and artists like Sydney Parkinson, who illustrated the plants newly introduced to Britain in the 18th century. You'll also have chance to see some of the beautiful treasures from Sheffield's botanical art collection, usually hidden away in storage.
11 April, 12pm, Central Library: Sheffield Reading Room – book now
An Evening of Botanical Board Gaming
The first theme for activities in the new Sheffield Reading Room is Discovering Nature. Join in an evening of botanical board games – whether you're an experienced gamer or a complete beginner (adults and supervised children 11 and over welcome). Refreshments will be served.
19 April, 5:30pm, Central Library: Sheffield Reading Room – book now
Time to start that book? A Writing Workshop with Sarah Mussi
This lively, interactive workshop with YA and children's author Sarah Mussi will help writers at any stage build enthusiasm and confidence. You'll look into creating sympathetic fictional characters, and think about settings, atmosphere and story structure. You'll also have chance to put questions to Sheffield-based publishers Vertebrate.
22 April, 10am, Central Library: Carpenter Room, £5 – book now
Central Library Heritage Tour
A behind-the-scenes tour offering insight into the iconic art deco building, its architectural features and its history.
29 April, 10:30am – book now