The Words & Things Radio Show
We present a live event recorded at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Sheffield.
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Produced by Mikey T Intro theme: Lasswell
On the night of our very first event held at the Jurys Inn Sheffield, it looked as though the turnout was going to be very slim. But, even though the winter weather was most definitely against us, it didn’t stop the enthusiastic performers who came along and made it an entertaining and worthwhile session.
Not only did we have some returning guests, but some truly intriguing newcomers – some from outside the city, who all enjoyed themselves and certainly went down a treat! The performances included energetic, thoughtful and unusual poetry, stories, original songs, and hilarious seasonal comedy.
Sit back and listen to over 90 minutes of essential audio from these aspiring and established local entertainers. Our dedicated presenters do us proud once again as they introduce and capture the profound creative spirit from across our region.
"Jurys Inn" has proved to be a superb venue and we are all looking forward to the next recording event in April.
We would like to say a special thank you to the management and staff for their invaluable support.
You will hear: Trev "The Road Poet" from Castleford, a thought inspiring song from Rob Stevens of Buxton, poetry from Peter Hartley of Sheffield, Pat with dialogue and blank verse from Sheffield`s "Write Space" group, The Snowflake Boys with some hilarious seasonal humour, more poetry from Neil Simpson, the "Homer of Hillsborough", Ashley from Sheffield with his unmissable out spoken topical and comical performances. Also we welcome new talent in the guise of Franks son (aka Kevin Matthews) from Hereford. This was his first time on a radio podcast and he performed an exclusive song set. We also welcome on board John from Sheffield with his unique presentation of the spoken word. Performers gallery here. (Photographer - A Chapman)
Advisory: Some of the original audio content contains adult language and is not suitable for children.
Are you coming along to our next recording?
Next Event - TBA
Jurys Inn - Eyre Street Sheffield S1 4QW
Calling all near and far, may we extend a very warm invite to all poets, singers and musicians, old faces and new faces. Come on down to perform and be heard by everyone.
The venue is the stylish Jurys Inn Hotel who have kindly provided their excellent spacious conference room facilities. Just minutes away from the citys bus and train stations.
There is a licensed bar available if anyone needs refreshments.
If you would like to appear on the next podcast, please e-mail us with your details and performance content.
Book your slot now at: firstname.lastname@example.org (non performers welcome!)
Off The Shelf
Off the Shelf is one of the UK’s most prestigious, innovative, exciting and popular literary festivals. It offers a wide ranging programme of author events, debates, poetry, workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions, storytelling, competitions, events for children and young people and more.
It is is now in its 23rd year and is well established as one of the most exciting events in the region’s cultural calendar. The festival is one of the largest f in the North and is recognised by Arts Council England.
Each year Off the Shelf attracts around 24,000 people. A further estimated 100,000 people view festival displays and exhibitions with many of the events selling out.
For more information about other Off the Shelf events e-mail - email@example.com
Notice - Please be aware that If you perform at the Words &Things event, you hereby give permission for the Words & Things Group to use any audio recordings, photos or videos featuring yourself. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to ask.
It must have been around 1971 when I first fell in love with the various forms of media and entertainment.
"Early examples that I recall from this period are Here Come the Double Deckers! The Appointment With Fear horror movie season & The Strauss Family. The last of these was a positive influence from my father. So I was certainly open to many influences."
The creative atmosphere in Sheffield within the last dozen years (I moved over to Sheffield from Rotherham in late 2003) has been truly amazing.
"Since "WaT" started in 2007, I have found it to be a wonderful Aladdin’s Cave of source materials. This project has indeed been a great example of artistic variety and will hopefully continue to be so."
"In retrospect, I can now see that I was always seeking to be part of something like Words and Things, since the late 70s/early 80s period of my life. OK, so it took much longer for such a project to come about, but it really is a great place to be!
Finally, I must say that it is a truly enjoyable experience to be a co-presenter of a web based show that showcases such a diverse range of writers and performers that can potentially reach a worldwide audience."
Ruth believes that there is nothing more interesting and wonderful than words. They hold untold mysteries and beauties, and they constitute what sets human beings apart from all other animals!
"Deprived of my career as a solicitor by a serious illness, upon my recovery I turned my attention to poetry and other writing, making music and singing. This was in 2005, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it since!
You will also find me very educational -as I really love sharing what I know with everyone else – that is to say, teaching –so there’s a selection of my essays in the"Ruth Grimsley" section."
"Thanks to Words & Things I have been able to venture into the wonderful world of internet media. Presenting the various live event radio shows has given me so much joy! It is a real pleasure performing and being able to introduce the excellent work of all our talented guests.
Write, play, listen, read, recite and sing – be happy! Enjoy the show! "
Mikey has been involved in the local broadcasting scene for many years since he started as a Hospital Radio DJ at the age of 14. His programmes include the legendary "Hospital Roadshow" and "Soul Serenade". He has also hosted special events at various Nightclubs around the Sheffield area.
With a dedicated interest expanding over 35 years, Mikey has also presented programmes on BBC local radio.and has produced jingles and commercials for various community stations. He has also been involved with successful charity radio projects that were based in Sheffield - "Radio Cracker and Cracker FM ".
Mikey is still actively involved with audio and web media. He helped conceive the Words & Things project together with Paul Amber back in 2007. He provides technical assistance, presentation, promotions, website authoring and final studio production for our live event podcast recordings.
“SHEFFIELD IS A HIGHLY CREATIVE CITY – IT’S A GENUINELY MAJOR CITY
OF CULTURE” Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
Hi, we are an established Sheffield based voluntary group with a passion for presenting media featuring all kinds of creativity produced in the local community .
The team are proud to showcase a diverse range of original spoken word, songs and music on our original and distinct platform for creative expression. We aim to continue supporting Sheffield's excellent cultural image and productive performance.
This website was originally conceived in 2007 and features our exclusive and popular local community radio shows. The place to hear real down to earth local folk who are simply inspired by creativity.
You are invited!
This is your chance to perform at one of our unique radio recording sessions. These are different from the open mic nights you may already be famililar with, something a bit special. Our friendly host presenters - Ruth, Mikey and Paul will always give a very friendly welcome!
There is a potential world wide audience waiting to hear you, what are you waiting for? We aim to raise the profile of local culture media and help attract new audiences and participation. Our exclusive podcasts already have listeners from across the UK , Europe and the United states.
Look out for the next scheduled advertised event and get yourself along to the venue on the night. Joanne and the team will be on hand to help. Simply place your name and some details about yourself on a performers info slip and await your allocated slot.
If you don't want to perform, just come along! your support is always welcome in the audience.
Poets, singers, musicians are all invited.
Lots of performance slots available.
We are non profit making.
Free admission for everyone.
Any feedback is appreciated.
Please e-mail us or leave some comments about our shows in the Guestbook
You can also text : 0759 7077071
Off the Shelf Event
A big thankyou goes out to everyone who came along to our last podcast recording at the Jurys Inn. We were treated to some very entertaining performances! The complete show will be available on this site in November.
Our podcast is now available on SoundCloud which will allow a wider audience to listen and download the most recent show.
Apologies - Project on hold
Due to unforseen circumstances the Words & Things project has been temporarily suspended. There will be no further website updates or live events until further notice. We will update you if this situatation changes. Thank you for all your support.
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If you are travelling far to Sheffield,why not stay over? Our exceptional host venue offers some great value room rates .
Spacious bedrooms include:
large, comfortable beds with crisp white linens, large screen TV’s, high speed internet access and spacious bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.
Jurys Inn Tel: 01142 912222
Do you want to support us? Please contact
- WaT Poetry Archives : The Early Years.
- Ruth Grimsley : The Bard of Broomhill
- Cornucopia Radio : Creative Podcasts
- Sheffield Live : Community Station.
- Play on : Sheffield`s No1 Folk Club.
- Write Out Loud : Poetry Performance
- Ashley Powell : Performance Poet
- : Whats on?
- : Off The Shelf
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