Quirky chronicles

QUIRKY tales from Sheffield’s hidden history are in store on Sunday morning as JP Bean reads from his book, The Sheffield Chronicles, which has a story for every date of the year.

There’s Blondin performing his highwire act in front of a crowd of 32,000 in the Botanical Gardens, Houdini escaping from police cells, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Owlerton and an ox roast beside the River Don – and another 360 like them.

The talk takes place in the Long Gallery of the Millennium Gallery on Sunday at 11.30am.

lON Sunday afternoon Rob Hindle will lead Ganglands: A Poetry Walk based on an extended poem he wrote last year as part of his Flights and Traverses series, which is to be published in The Footing, a Longbarrow anthology, later this year.

The walk traces the supposed/imagined route of members of the Park Brigade, a notorious Sheffield gang, following their fatal attack on a local resident in Attercliffe, to The Wicker, where they were arrested.

Two of them were subsequently hanged.

The walk starts on Princess Street at 2pm and will take around an hour, during which time Hindle will read the poem and talk about the subject matter and the interaction between poetry and history.

Tickets at £6 include a CD recording.