Celebrate Roald Dahl classic all this month

Matilda Handmade Cinema
Matilda Handmade Cinema

Sheffield’s Handmade Cinema is joining forces with Broomhill Library throughout March to present a series of events based on the Roald Dahl favourite, Matilda.

The community cinema will host three workshops at the library, responding to the classic novel through art, music and creative writing.

The series will culminate with a large interactive cinema screening of the 1996 film at The Jubilee Centre off Ecclesall Road on April 1.

The series kicks off this Saturday with a launch party at Broomhill Library, from 11am to 2pm, when author Berlie Doherty will be reading an extract from Matilda. There will also be musical storytelling and book-themed crafts.

On March 18, Quentin Blake will be usurped when children will be led by local artist Hannah Vonroast in illustrating elements of Matilda, from 2pm to 4pm.

Roald Dahl himself will be challenged on March 25, when the creatives of the future try their hand at penning their own stories with Sarah Christie, co-founder of Edge of the Universe Printing Press.

This will run from 2pm to 4pm. The season of events also includes a Writing Is Magic! short story competition for children aged 6-11, which closes on March 18.

Handmade Cinema creative director Ellie Ragdale said: “In Matilda, the library is a wonderful space, full of hope, mystery and tales of far off lands.

“So, it was a bit of a no-brainer when it came to choosing a collaborator for this project.

“Broomhill Library is a volunteer-led space where reading and learning is accessible to anyone in the community, and we think that is just brilliant.”

All Matilda workshops throughout the month will run on a pay-as-you-feel, drop-in basis at Broomhill Library.