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Welcome to the Sheffield Year of Reading 2020; a 12 month, citywide celebration of creativity and the written word. Reading is the key that unlocks the door to life's riches. It helps us feel better, discover more, and unleashes our individual creativity. 

Reading is fun and especially so when that experience is shared. This year people from across our city will come together in libraries, pubs, schools, living rooms, museums, parks, and many other venues to share the simple joy of words. 

It will be literary and silly, it will be big and small, it will be on the page and in the streets. In fact, it can be whatever you want it to be. There are lots of ways you can get involved. Make it yours! 

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Do you remember the first time you met Mr Darcy, delved into the Da Vinci Code, or discovered Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross? 

Can you remember the thrill, the rush to read more, and the morning tiredness because you stayed up reading just one more chapter?

It's what makes reading so special and to launch the Sheffield Year of Reading 2020 we want to hear about the books that make you feel that way. Tell us about your favourite read. It might have changed your life or made your holiday, it could be a childhood classic or this year's bestseller. As long as it's your favourite we want to know. 

You could win a £100 book token. 

You have until the 31 March to nominate your favourite, either Online or in your local library.

We'll announce a shortlist on the 23 April and spend spring and summer highlighting your choices before announcing an overall winner in the autumn. Your favourite read is something special. We'd be honoured if you'd share it with us. 

Nominate your favourite read by filling in a postcard at your local library or tell us your favourite read online. 

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What's happening?

What's on from January to March 2020

We’ve got lots of activities and events planned throughout the year, with something for everyone. Keep checking back here for the latest news. Our guide to what’s on from January to March is now available. Browse what’s on.

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Central Library Exhibition - To start the conversation we have an exhibition at the Central Library where some of  our favourite Sheffielders have shared their titles - Library staff across the city are also raring to tell you about the books that make them tick.
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How to book...

It's easy to book any of our events online.

Activities for adults...

We have lots of activities for adults to join in.

Activities for children and families...

There is lots to get involved in this spring for all the family.

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Writer in residence

We are delighted that Nik Perring, author and short story writer has agreed to be our writer in residence. Nik will undertake a programme of workshops across the city during the year, creating a platform for new writers, unpublished writers and groups within areas of the city who are struggling with mental health and wellbeing. Watch this space for more details to be announced! 

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Partners get involved

Do you hold events and activities that could support Sheffield Year of Reading? Or could your organisation support us in some other way?

We know that by working in partnership we can promote the benefits of reading for the people of Sheffield and also raise the profile of the great work that is happening in the City of Sheffield. 

All we ask is that you let us know what you are planning to do so that we can help publicise your work/events and that you complete the enclosed evaluation and return back to us!

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