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Jonathan Meres
Jonathan Meres

January in Sheffield will be far from the Norm as two schools prepare to welcome children’s author and comedian Jonathan Meres (pictured)into their schools.

Around 1450 primary school pupils will be invited into Jonathan’s wacky World of Norm a tour of 11 schools nationwide, including Lydgate Junior School, Crosspool, and Coit Primary School, Chapeltown, on Friday, January 17.

Jonathan Meres is the award-winning Scottish author of several children’s books including the Norm series which are written, designed and published in ways that minimise obstacles to struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers.

The Scottish Book Trust is organising the tour by the former stand up comedian and Perrier Award nominee.

An exhibition of artwork inspired by a previous occupant has opened at Bank Street Arts.

During the 1830s Sheffield surgeon William Jackson practised in the building now occupied by the gallery and research reveals that the place which is now a hub for creative activity was once a site for surgical procedures devoid of anaesthesia or antisepsis. A duty to preserve life outweighed the duty to relieve pain or suffering. One can only imagine the traumatic experiences of patients who underwent surgery at this time.

Using a materials led approach, artist Sylvia Causer investigates how common materials such as silk and ordinary sewing needles became fundamental apparatus for the Victorian surgeon.

Her exhibition, Sepsis, continues at Bank Street until February 8.

International superstar Sir Tom Jones (pictured) is coming to Chesterfield. He will perform a concert at Chesterfield football ground, t the Proact Stadium, on Saturday, June 7, Tickets at £39, £50 and £75 will be available on pre-sale to Chesterfield supporters on January 22 and 23 and on general sale from January 24.

Submissions of artists’ moving image are now invited for the next Sheffield Fringe event, which takes place in June.

Sheffield Fringe is an artist-led curatorial project held annually to coincide with Sheffield Doc/Fest. It was initiated to explore the intersection of art and documentary practices, through screenings, talks, exhibitions and research.

Bloc Projects are hosting the event for the second time and are open to submissions by February 16 via

The ShAFF Lowepro Single Shot photo competition open to both amateur and professionals returns for a second year with sponsorship from Lowepro and Joby .

Entrants each submit just a single image on the theme of the Adventure and a panel of judges including renowned outdoor and action sports and mountain bike professional photographer Geoff Waugh will select a shortlist of six.

The winner will then be judged by public vote both on Facebook and at the howroom/Workstation during the festival weekend of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, April 4-6..

Entry by email to before mid day on February 28.

The winner will receive any bag from the currently available Lowepro range and £50 plus exposure via MyOutdoorsUK. There are also £25 cash prizes for two runners up.