Favourite Things: Inspiring pilgrimages in Sheffield to celebrate the unsung

Gevi Carver at Bolehills which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Gevi Carver at Bolehills which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Genevieve Carver is a poet and spoken word performer living in Hunter’s Bar. She grew up in York, but moved to Sheffield in 2009, where she fell in love with the city’s DIY arts scene.

She now performs regularly at prestigious events across the UK, and will be appearing with new show The Unsung next Friday, October 21, as part of the Off The Shelf Festival of Words.

Sheffields largest free arts and music festival, Peace in the Park, returned to the Ponderosa Park in Netherthorpe this weekend for its 10th anniversary. Our picture shows some of of those who attended the event.

Sheffields largest free arts and music festival, Peace in the Park, returned to the Ponderosa Park in Netherthorpe this weekend for its 10th anniversary. Our picture shows some of of those who attended the event.

Weaving poetry with accompaniment from a live band, The Unsung is a funeral party for the forgotten heroes of musical history.

Eleven tales will be shared exploring how music shatters the lives of those who love it most, from Prokofiev’s wife to Radiohead’s drum technician.

Gevi has been published in several nationwide publications, and awarded literary prizes.

She is currently working as poet in residence at Bank Street Arts and Hope Works, and runs a monthly poetry group at The Rutland Arms pub on Brown Street in the city centre.

Theatre Delicatessen

What used to be Woolworth’s on The Moor is now run by pop-up creative hub the Theatre Delicatessen.

This labyrinth of warehouses hosts a café bar, rehearsal rooms and events spaces where you can catch some of the most innovative performances, workshops and immersive theatre experiences in the country, including one of Sheffield’s finest and longest-running live literature events series, Wordlife.

Ecclesall Woods

This ancient woodland is one of my favourite places to run, walk and think.

I have wandered through it so many times, but am always discovering new surprises, from Bronze Age rock carvings to the grave of an 18th century wood collier burnt to death in his cabin. Its woodland discovery centre offers craft courses and activities, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the forest floor carpeted with bluebells in springtime.

Industrial NightLife

As a fan of electronic music, I love that Sheffield is home to venues such as The Night Kitchen, Hope Works and Yellow Arch Studios.

These ex-industrial buildings foster a no-nonsense, gritty atmosphere – a world away from the shiny floors and mirrors of mainstream clubs.

The lack of dress code, basic facilities and quality bookings make for friendly crowds with a genuine appreciation for music, who know how to have a good time.

Bank Street Arts

This independent arts centre hosts studio spaces, exhibitions, events and workshops. It is home to publishing house The Poetry Business, has Simon Armitage as its patron, and I have been lucky enough to have been working as a resident poet there since the beginning of this year.

The little café is open on Fridays and there’s a coffee morning every Thursday.

Bole Hills

I sometimes make a pilgrimage up to Bole Hills in Crookes when I have an idea bouncing round in my head that I need to put onto on paper, but can’t quite pin down. Sitting on the big boulders looking over the Rivelin Valley seems to give me the breathing space to collect my thoughts.

This is one of my favourite views in Sheffield (of which there are many) because you can see where the city stops and the Peak District begins.

I’m not much of a city person and being able to look out into open green spaces makes me feel calm and ready to take on the hustle and bustle of daily life again.

Meersbrook and Heeley

Of all the areas I’ve lived in Sheffield, I have spent the most time in Meersbrook and Heeley.

Rather a lot of this time has been spent in the pub, either drinking pale ale in the garden of The Sheaf View, watching local bands in the White Lion or failing to learn that beer is often stronger than it tastes in The Tramshed. Life in this part of town has always seemed laid-back, community-spirited and easy.

Peace in the Park

This now bi-annual festival represents to me everything that is great about Sheffield’s creative community.

Free to attend yet showcasing some of the best acts the city has to offer, this one-day festival in the Ponderosa park is put together entirely by volunteers, and has sustainability at its core.

Its ethos is to promote peace and understanding by bringing together communities through artistic expression.

It always seems to be the biggest party of the year, and somewhere I can always count on running into old friends as well as usually making a few new ones.