Listings: Courses & Workshops, Talks & Lectures, Write Stuff

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April 25 - May 2 2013

COURSES

Find Out What Computers Can Do For You: internet ‘taster’ events running across South West Sheffield over the next few weeks, funded by the Lifelong Learning and Skills section of Sheffield City Council amd delivered by Heeley Development Trust, with the intention of showcasing fun and useful websites, giving people a chance to try using the latest laptop and iPad technology, and signpost them to free, friendly classes in their local area, Ecclesall Library Open Day, Monday, 10am-5pm (James or Maxine, 2500613).

FRS102 Technical Update Seminar: Grant Thornton briefing for businesses, Cineworld Sheffield, Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, Tuesday, April 30, 8am-10am (info and booking, Katie Palmer, 2629794 or email Katie.palmer@uk.gt.com).

Vintage Cupcake Decorating Course: presented by Rachey’s Cupcakes and Bakes involving baking six vanilla cupcakes, making buttercream frosting, and decorating using different styles of frosting and icing ready to take home in a gift box with ribbon, Penistone Grammar School Advanced Learning Centre, Tuesday, May 7, 6pm-8pm (£25 for one adult and one accompanying child, £20 per adult, all materials provided, 01226 760871).Drystone Walling: Beginners weekend course run by S.Yorks branch of Drystone Walling Association, certified instructors, Mayfield Alpaca Centre, Ringinglow, May 18/19t (Dave Longden on 0124410361 or heatherlongden@sky.com, or Owen Jones on 2724187 or o.jones@btconnect.com for details and booking forms).

Know Your Sheffield History Trips: Walks and trips exploring aspects of local history, The Circle [VAS], Rockingham Lane, Mondays 6pm or St Oswald’s Church crypt, Bannerdale Road (corner of Abbeydale Road), Thursdays, 1pm from April 25 (programme details and meeting points from Robin Fielder, 07527 587 913, WEA fee rates £66 for 10 weeks, or concs., WEA enquiries 242 3609, see www.wea.org.uk/yh).

Steel Boned Corsetry Workshop: constructing a single layer over bust steel boned corset allowing students to come away with a well crafted, shape-altering garment that can reduce the waist by 2-4 inches and give good bust support, Sew in the CIty, The Nichols Building, Arts and Craft Centre, Shalesmoor, May 18-19 (www.sewinthecity.co.uk, 07982494399).

Beginner’s Beekeeping Experience: Get hands-on experience with expert guidance from the Museum Beekeeper in small group workshop offering an insight into the creatures with practical tips and exclusive access to the rooftop hives, Weston Park Museum, Saturday, May 11, 10.30am–1pm (£35, safety equipment provided, book in advance on 2782655, learning@museums-sheffield.org.uk).

Introduction to Linocut Printing: local artist James Green demonstrates the technique used by Leonard Beaumont, whose work is currently on display in the gallery, all materials included, no experience necessary, Graves Gallery, Saturday, May 18, 10am–4pm (£35/£31, book in advance on 2782655, learning@museums-sheffield.org.uk).

Career Circles: Inova Consultancy offer fully-funded career coaching to help those out of work or in education build up their soft skills to enter the labour market successfully. Limited opportunities available now in Sheffield (book a place: admin@inovaconsult.com, 2799091, www.inovaconsult.com).

Creative Techniques (Ceramics): new City & Guilds course at Hope Valley College, Wednesdays, 1.30pm - 4.30 pm ( 01433 620662 or email communityed@hopevalley.derbyshire.sch.uk).

VHF RADIO COURSE: One day VHF-DSC course for yachtsmen, to satisfy the RYA and Marine Radio Operators Short Range Certificate of Competence (call Bill Clay on 2214304 or email enquiries@sailnorth.co.uk for details).

Talking Politics: discussion-based WEA course looking at current political issues and ideas UK and world-wide, St. Matthew’s Rooms, Carver Street, Thursdays, 10am to noon, (£65 full/ free on means-tested benefits, or Working Tax Credit and household income under £15K, . www.paulboizot.co.uk/courses.htm, 01904 621510)..

Sew in the City: Vintage Flower Arrangement in a Tea Cup, Sunday, April 28, noon to 2pm; Tyvek Workshop, watch a demonstration, have a play and then make a book cover or hanging, also have a go at making a textile sculpture which could be used to further embellish the book cover or hanging, or to make wearable art, Sew in the City, Nichols Building, Shalesmoor,(all materials provided, booking essential, www.sewinthecity.co.uk, 07982494399).

Breadmaking Workshop: for complete beginners and those who want to perfect their bread making craft, choose from a wide range of grains and artisan bread recipes, suitable for those over 14 years, High Storrs School, Sunday, May 12, 2pm-5pm (£28 includes all materials and comprehensive instruction booklet, Helen 0796 7119591).

Songs of Life with John Bell: weekend with the leader of the Iona Community, well known from BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, Whirlow Grange Christian Conference and Spirituality Centre, off Ecclesall Road South, Friday to Sunday, April 26-28 (£180, individual sessions from £12, book on 2363173).

.ART WORKSHOPS: given throughout the year by Hazel Lale, acrylics, watercolour, mixed media, in all subjects (hazel_lale@yahoo.co.uk or www.hazellale.co.uk).

Creative Edge Phase 2 Adult Learning Courses: project that champions inclusion and community within the city centre through the creative arts with free courses ranging from Creative Writing, African Dance Fusion, Photography to Creative Writing and Drumming. All abilities and backgrounds welcome, Sheffield Cathedral (full programme details, www.sheffieldcathedral.org).

Forget Me Not: introductory workshop designed to guide and motivate you in writing your own life story, Fulwood Inn, Fridays, 10.30am-12.30pm (£10 a week, Angela 2851325, email angeladonnelly10@btinternet.com).

Your Art:, space where beginners and those who are more experienced can meet in a relaxed environment and enjoy the pleasure of art, paint and paper supplied, advice given on request, Hanover Hall, Jesus Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, Wednesday and Thursday, 1pm-3pm.

Stained Glass Classes: learn traditional and Tiffany stained glass. New 10 and 12-week courses at Crosspool home studio of tutor Martin McAssey and are available daytime and evening. Each class as a maximum of four students. Also available introduction one day workshops in traditional and Tiffany stained glass (www.martinmcassey.co.uk, 2668382 or glass@martinmcassey.co.uk).

Sketch on your iPad: course aimed at beginners who want to create digital drawings (like David Hockney does) on their iPad. Friendly half day course in small groups with coffee and cake included (email jillraylandscapes@gmail.com, 0781 2181169).

Figure Sculpture In Clay: weekend course with tutor Karin Hessenberg suitable for beginners and students with some experience, Sheffield Independent School of Art, Old Junior School, Southview Road, Sharrow, Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 10am-4pm (2661610, email@karinhessenberg.co.uk).

Art Classes for Beginners and Advanced: courses are held in a studio setting and offer an introduction to a variety of materials and techniques and guidance with individual projects, daytime and evening classes of two hours duration, materials supplied (£85 per term, contact Stephen Barnell, 120 Upperthorpe, 2330356 or email stephenbarnell@hotmail.com).

Chicken Keeping for Beginners: informative and practical course will cover everything you need to become a competent back garden hen keeper, Bank View Farm, Totley, Sunday, May 19, 2pm to 4:30pm (Rachel Wall 07889 791164,, e-mail rachel@bankviewfarm.co.uk , www.bankviewfarm.co.uk).

Hatching and Rearing Your Own Chickens: course will look at hatching and rearing chickens using small scale incubators or broody hens and is aimed at small scale / back garden hen keepers who want to increase their stock or start chicken keeping from the beginning, Bank View Farm, Totley, Sunday, April 28, 10am to 12:30 pm (Rachel Wall 07889 791164,, e-mail rachel@bankviewfarm.co.uk , www.bankviewfarm.co.uk).

WEA Creative Writing Courses: with tutor Liz Cashdan, Writing for Children Workshop, Quaker Meeting House, St. James Street, Fridays, 9.45am-12.15pm 10 sessions starting April 26 (enrol at first session, Liz Cashdan 2368361, lizcashdan@gmail.com

Running with Scissors: workshops for crafty individuals, Make your Own Patchwork Quilt (two-day workshop),, May 11; 101 Ways to Create Felt, Saturday, April 27, Sewing Machines for Beginners, Saturday, May 4, , Intro to Screen Printing, Saturday June 15, , Freestyle Machine Embroidery, Saturday June 22, Make your own Lampshade, Saturday June 22. , Beginners Crochet / Granny Squares, Saturday June 29. Bring your own sewing machine, or book one to use at the sewing workshops. Private tuition, craft parties for private groups and hen parties are also available. Workshops are held at Harland Works, John Street, off Bramall Lane (www.rwssheffield.co.uk or www.facebook.com/rwssheffield or e-mail info@rwssheffield.co.uk twitter: @rwssheffield).

Computers Cameras and the Internet: daytime courses at Totley Library on April 18 (pre-booking required, Nick 2662114).

Plastering City & Guilds Level 1 Course: run by Derbyshire Adult Community Education, Aston Industrial Estate, near Hope, Monday evenings (01433 620662 or e mail communityed@hopevalley.derbyshire.sch.uk).

Stained Glass Workshop: no previous experience or artistic background required; all levels welcome, tools, equipment and materials available, Walkley Community Centre, Fir Street (off South Road), Walkley, Mondays, 8pm-9.30pm, Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm (Natasha Sorrell, 07726963827).

Aspect Training: free courses in Health & Social Care including inductions, diplomas, apprenticeships and statutory training. Now enrolling for Diploma in Health & Social Care. Funding available (www.aspect-training.co.uk, 2472772, or email info@aspect-training.co.uk)

Sheffield Psychotherapy and Counselling Education Academy S.P.A.C.E.): provides courses for Diploma in Counselling (to BACP standards), Foundations of Counselling, Taster Modules in Personal Development; Introduction to Counselling and Common Personal Problems , all courses delivered by experienced and qualified tutor-practitioners.(www.counsellingacademy.org; phone 07977287485 or e-mail to enquiries @counsellingacademy.org).

DIY for Women: learn how to fix to walls, put up shelves, fit locks and make your own project, Women’s Workshop, Sheffield College, Granville Road, Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm (2602029, www.sheffcol.ac.uk).

A First Look at Chinese Literature: Age Concern course for anyone with an interest in reading, small friendly group, Wednesday mornings, city centre (Jenny King, 2366225).

Dressmaking Classes: suitable for all abilities. Learn how to make a pattern fit you and create an exclusive garment. Run by Jo Owen a tutor with considerable experience in garment construction, Stitched up and Fleeced studio, 49 Nethergreen Road, Tuesday 7-9 pm Thursdays 2-4 pm Tel. 0114 2303030 joowen10@hotmail.com

Digital Photography: evening course, ten-week course based at Silverdale School now book, 1 to 1 digital photography lessons also available (www.greenfoxphotography.co.uk, mail@greenfoxphotography.co.uk, 07758193741).

Esol Classes: learn basic English, with qualified teachers and supporters, gain help with speaking, listening and writing, make new friends, Hanover Hall, Sheffield Jesus Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, Mondays, 10am until noon and 1pm until 3pm.

Speed Dressmaking Classes: make the garments you always wanted. Course Leader Sheila Constance, now enrolling, Dressmakers Workshop, Wortley Road, Saturdays, 2pm-4pm (2846868, email dressmakersworkshop@hotmail.com).

Introduction to Cheesemaking Course: one-day course with expert cheesemaker Chris Ashby during which participants will make a camembert style cheese, a mozzarella and a soft lemon cheese, Hartingtons School of Food, Bakewell, various dates throughout the year, (www.hartingtons.com, 01629 888 586).

Artisan Breadmaking: range of courses with master bakers during the week and at weekends including Introduction to Breadmaking, Sourdough Breadmaking and French Breadmaking, Hartingtons School of Food, Bakewell, (www.hartingtons.com, 01629 888586).

Integrating The Mind and Heart: year-long Anthroposophy foundation course consisting of talks, conversations and creative exercises in thinking and observation, learning to be

attentive to our own experiences, 78 Cherry Tree Road, Nether Edge, Mondays, 7.30-9.30pm (£5/ £3 per session, or give what you can afford, 0797 4906421, www.sheffieldsteinergroup.co.uk).

Art Over 50s: Relaxed, friendly group, all ability levels, beginners welcome, experienced tutor, Jordanthorpe Community Centre, Monday mornings (first session free, contact Dennis 2481433).

History Classes: with tutor Lloyd Powell resume at Queen Heads pub, Mondays: Local History, 10.15am-12.15pm, British History, 1.15pm-3.15pm; Thursdays Egyptology, 10.15am-12.15pm, History of Ancient Palestine, 1.15pm-3.15pm (£5 each session, all welcome, 2334744).

City and Guilds Feltmaking Level 2: experiments and developments through traditional and contemporary processes to design and make 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional items in felt, Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio, Nethergreen, Thursdays, 9am to noon (judeshore@sky.com or stitchedupandfleeced@live.co.uk).

Cathie’s Classes: daytime sewing classes for all skill levels. Small friendly classes. Adapt patterns to your own design, fit clothes to your bodyshape and learn sewing techniques. Bring your own dressmaking project and I will guide you through the process. Hagglers Corner, Queens Road, Mondays and Thursdays, 10am - 12, 12.30pm -2.30pm (booking essential, 07905 250826, catherinemccartan@btinternet.com).

Adults Drawing & Painting Class: small, friendly class run by artist Gill Gathercole for anyone who wants to develop their drawing and painting skills. Still-life, portraiture, and landscape are the subjects explored, along with a variety of medium: pencil, charcoal, pen&ink, pastel and acrylic, Planet Pot, Hangingwater Road, Nethergreen, Mondays, 7.30pm-9.30pm run in six week blocks throughout the year (£48 per six week, Gill on 2818835 or 07941 013307).

Watercolour Painting and Drawing Classes: new four-week taster sessions for maximum of 10 students, individual attention and demonstrations by prize-winning local artist Pamela Marshall with more than 30 years teaching experience, one to one tuition also available (2748635).

Watercolour course for beginners: nine weeks expert tuition with professional artist and experienced tutor Brian Smith, Old School, Dore, 7pm-9.30pm, further courses available to continue development (visit www.briansmithartist.co.uk for full course itinerary. To book Tel; 0771 4262139 or e-mail: brian66artist@hotmail.co.uk).

Glass Fusing Workshops: one day taster workshop giving an introduction and overview of the art form with encouragement to experiment with various materials and techniques to produce stunning effects on glass, making dichroic glass jewellery, coasters, dishes or freestanding sculptures, all glass and materials provided, held in Nether Edge studio (£55 includes three course lunc, maximum of six participants, contact Alison Zwaard on 07947002527 for dates and booking, www.handmadeinnetheredge.co.uk).

Precious Metal Clay Workshops: learn how to design and create silver jewellery in just a day using Precious Metal Clay (PMC), learning the basic techniques of handling, shaping, texturing, stone setting, firing and finishing jewellery to a professional standard, (£55 includes three course lunch, plus charge for PMC, all other materials included, contact Alison Zwaard on 07947002527 for dates and booking, www.handmadeinnetheredge.co.uk).

Get Ready for English: introductory course to enable participants to find the right starting point, gain confidence and skills and decide the right individual progression route, tutor Lesley Browett, Creative Textile Classes: led by textile artist/designer Helen Sadler at which participants can experiment and have fun working with a range of materials, fabrics and threads, Ecclesall Parish Rooms, Ringinglow Road, Thursdays. 1pm-3pm (£6 per session, 2962752 or email helensadler47 @hotmail.co.uk).

Social Media Confidence: 1 to 1 courses tailored to help you use Twitter, Linked In and more for business or career profiles (Karen Perkins 07971 881251).

Nutrition Courses: suitable for all, learning how to improve health, increase energy and vitality and achieve the right individual weight, eight three-hour modules over four weeks, no previous knowledge or homework is required, small group, maximum of eight, evening and afternoon dates now available (£250, www.newlifenutrition.co.uk, 07860 788537).

Computer Sessions for Beginners: learn how to send emails, access the Internet, etc, Sharrow Community Forum, South View Road, Sharrow, Wednesdays, 9am-4pm, Fridays, 9am-1pm (2500613/ 2508384).

Printmaking Classes: taught by award winning artist and educator Peter York, Monday and Wednesday evenings, all day Thursday and Friday (2580110/ 07749216291, peterpainterprint@btinternet.com, www.peterpainterprintmaker.com).

Free Beginners Computer Training: introducing computers and word processing and the Internet at free courses designed for anyone who has no knowledge of using computers, BBC Sheffield, Shoreham Street, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays all day, 9.30am to 5pm, half days Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 12. Enrolments at 9.15am.

Puppy School Courses: fun, informal, positive and educational six-week training courses for puppies from 11-20 weeks of age, children welcome, qualified and Accredited instructor and behaviourist, member of the APDT. Kennel Club Listed and approved by vets and rescue centres (Victoria 2747665, www.peopleanddogs.co.uk).

Maths Tuition: experienced teacher offers help to adults and young people who struggle with Maths or want to improve their grades. Basic numeracy through to A’level (Rosie 07981004326).

Art Courses: regular six week courses for beginners and competent amateurs taking them on an exciting road to explore the wonderful watercolour medium at studio in Ecclesall, follow-up membership groups for those who wish to continue, individual tuition available (Stephen Coates 07887 900918, mail@coatesart.plus.com. www.coatesart.co.uk).

Clay Club at Planet Pot: learn how to sculpt clay and make soap dishes, flower pots, dip and fruit bowls and lots more, at Hangingwater Road, Nether Green, and Machon Bank Road, Nether Edge (£48 for six-week course including all materials, 2306479/ 2587402, email jon@planetpot.co.uk or kate@planetpot.co.uk, www.planetpot.co.uk).

Craft Club: knitting, stitching and crochet in a relaxed creative atmosphere, suitable for all ages and abilities, Millennium Gallery, Mondays, 10.30am–12.30pm (free, no need to book).


NCT Antenatal Courses: in Central, North, West and South East Sheffield to help explore choices around labour, birth and parenting in small, interactive classes where new parents can share experiences, find out about local maternity services, learn practice skills for labour and parenting. Also now running new Relax, Stretch and Breathe classes in Sheffield (0844 243 6852, e-mail bookings7b@nct.org.uk, www.nct.org.uk/confidence).

Lip Reading classes, St Mary’s Church, South Road, Walkley, Mondays, 10am-12; Stocksbridge Library, Thursdays, 9.30am-11.30am and 12.15pm-2.15pm (07717742483).

Adult Drama Classes: for young and old, beginner or experienced; have fun, learn new skills and work towards a small production Easy Street Academy of Performing Arts, Little London Road, Saturdays, 12.30pm-2.30pm (£12 per session, payable half-termly, 07788594133).

Want to learn Dutch?, experienced, qualified tutor, native Dutch speaker, offers courses at all levels, daytime or evening (email dinxdejong@googlemail.com, 2680312).

Creative Textile Classes, experiment and have fun with a range of materials, fabrics and threads, Ecclesall Parish Rooms, Ringinglow Road, Thursdays 1pm-3pm (£6 per session, 2962752 or email helensadler47@hotmail.co.uk).

Sheffield School of Pilates, pilates carefully taught at all levels. Builds core strength, improves flexibility and promotes well-being of mind and body, Millhouses area (2364006).

Spanish this Summer? student centred groups, daytime or evening: at all levels, with fully qualified and experienced tutor, e-mail velero@tiscali.co.uk state level or phone 2331355.

Textiles Classes in Sharrow, weekly classes in contemporary crochet and contemporary embroidery and applique, specialist and introductory, Saturday: introduction to Afghan blanket crochet stitch, (email ruthie_ford@hotmail.com or 07842757379, www.ruthiefordworkshops.blogspot.com).

City and Guilds Fashion Wear Level 2, learn to make garments to a high standard, for beginners and students with some experience, with tutor Jo Owen to guide you through many dressmaking techniques and associated information on dressmaking, including a design for craft module, Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio, Nethergreen, Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm or Thursdays, 1pm-4pm from September (joowen10@hotmail.com).

Maths Tuition up to GCSE level, with qualified, experienced and very patient teacher who specialises in building confidence in young people and adults who worry about maths (Rosie 07735 065733, first session free with no obligation to continue).

German Language Tuition, from native speaker, all ages and abilities, conversation and business level available, one-to-one and group tuition (2587047 or 07805981343 or email totaldeutsch1@gmail.com).

Drystone Walling for Beginners, one and two-day courses in groups of four with Will Husband, DSWA-approved instructor, walling tools, work gloves and safety goggles provided, Blackbrook Farm, off A57, Rivelin Valley, Saturdays, 9.45am-4.30pm, see website for dates (2304530, www.peakwalling.co.uk).

Feltmaking and Textiles, now booking for weekend, evening and private workshops, Studio 2, The Butcher Works, Arundel Street, also weekday Creative Craft workshops specialising in a variety of art, craft and design based activities for people with learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairments (www.textileworkshops.co.uk or email louise@louisebroad.co.uk).

Drawing for Beginners, learn the five basic skills to create realistic drawings and develop creativity in a fun and supportive class, Planet Pot, Hangingwater Road, Nether Green (2306479) or Machon Bank Road, Nether Edge (2587402), Mondays 6.30pm-8pm (£40 for five-week course, materials included, www.planetpot.co.uk email jon@planetpot.co.uk or kate@planetpot.co.uk).

Boney Fido Dog Training, 1-2-1 training and courses: Perfect Pups; Basic obedience (indoor & follow-on outdoor); Agility; Clicker, & Retrieving. Venues: Trinity Church, S11 Wednesdays; St Augustine’s, S11 Fridays; Sportsman Inn, S10, Saturdays (booking essential, call Liz 2517148, www.boneyfidodogs.co.uk. Self Protection classes, Ronin Self Protection Systems, BCA (British Combat Association) affiliated club, The Source, near Meadowhall, Tuesday and Friday, 7.15pm to 8.45pm (£6 per lesson/ reduced block booking rates, first lesson is free, then michaelkeys1@googlemail.com).

Relationship Help, qualified and experienced Relationship and Sex Therapist (Carol on 07773 844 864 or email carol@syntrarelationships.co.uk (£50 per one hour session).

Printmaking and paper art workshop, lessons with Jean Cherry, experienced multi media printmaker and paper artist, have fun in Jean Cherry’s attic studio making colourful, innovative prints experimenting with the following: linocut, monoprint, collagraph, chine colle, rubber stamps, found materials, also make diverse paper structures, where sheet is changed into form, times flexible and by mutual agreement (maximum 2 students, £30 per person per 3 hour session, tel: 2366885, e-mail: j.cherry@blueyonder.co.uk).

TALKS/LECTURES

Philosophy at the Showroom: discussion on the book, The Ethical Demand (1956), by Knud Ejler Løgstrup text complementing March’s showing of The Road, where similar themes are explored, Showroom 5, Thursday, April 25, 6.30pm (in association with the University of Sheffield).

Past Historic or Future Perfect?: The state of modern languages - are we there yet?, talk for Languages Sheffield by Simon Green, The Circle, Rockingham Lane, Thursday, April 25, 6.30pm-7.30pm (£1 for Langauges Sheffield members; £3 for non-members).

Yorkshire’s Forgotten Fenlands - Potteric Carr Drainage and Re-Birth: talk by Dr Ian Rotherham for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to launch his new book. The Lost Fens, Sedum House near Potteric Carr, Doncaster, Sunday, 1pm-2.30pm ( £3.75 per person (includes a tea or coffee); booking is essential, 01302 570077).

Robin and Mary’s Holiday in New Zealand, illustrated talk to Wadsley and Loxley Commoners: by Robin and Mary Garside, Wadsley Church Hall, Worrall Road, Wadsley, Monday, 7.30pm (2335331).

The problems facing immigrant communities settling in Sheffield: Jim Steinke, Northern Refugee Centre, talks to Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Sheffield, Room 6619, Adsetts Building, Arundel Gate, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

‘The Discovery of Roman and Earlier Remains at Whirlow Hall Farm: talk by Dr. Clive Waddington for Friends of the Porter Valley, Bents Green Methodist Church Hall, Ringinglow Road, Wednesday, 7.30pm (non-members £2).

WRITE STUFF

Gemma Collins: the TOWIE star will be promoting her book Basically...: My Life as a Real Essex Girl, WHSmith, High Street, Meadowhall Centre, Saturday, noon.

Are You a Frustrated Poet?: for those who would like to develop skills and confidence and get useful and supportive feedback on what they are writing or else would like to learn to write, or learn more about poetry and poets, in a community-based daytime group (velero@tiscali.co.uk, 2331355).

Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group: Old Queens Head, Pond Street, first and third Monday, 7.30pm.

Sheffield Writers Resource Centre: information and advice, Main Lending Library, Surrey Street, Wednesdays, 5.15pm-7.30pm (2734711).

Sheffield Writers’ Club: fortnightly informal meetings where visitors are welcome to join poets, novelists, short story writers, etc around the table and read their own work or just listen to what others have produced, receive helpful advice and feedback from like minded people, Quaker Meeting House, St James’ Street, alternate Mondays 2pm to 4pm, (£2 per session including refreshments, 2668641).

Baby-friendly Book Group: reading group for grown-ups where babies are welcome meeting in the Hunter’s Bar/Greystones area every 4-6 weeks for a relaxed and informal discussion about a book chosen by members of the group. (Rachel on 07941 454195 or at matthewandrachel@hotmail.co.uk).