Inside Sheffield’s underground nightlife
It’s approaching half two in the morning. An orderly queue has formed up the cellar steps of a Sheffield end-of-terrace. The unofficial line snakes into the kitchen and out into the garden. I’m not quite at the stairs yet, but I can see the door. Frustratingly, it opens outwards into the kitchen, severing the line…
Baring it all
The Sheffield alt-queer collectives blurring the boundary between drag and burlesque.
Community leader turns her office into sensory room for disabled children.
By Harry Browse A chairperson of a Norfolk Park community organisation has transformed her office into a room for children with disabilities and special educational needs. The room, which has been furnished with an LED bubble tube, sensory lighting and a reading area, was opened to the public yesterday. It is one of only five…
Sheffield teacher enters marathon for brain charity following son’s diagnosis.
By Harry Browse A Norfolk Park woman has entered the London Marathon to raise £2000 for charity after her 3-year-old child was diagnosed with a rare brain condition. Louise Woffindin, 36, a teacher at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, will be running for Brain Research UK on the 26th of April 2020. She will be competing…
Hoppy People Save Frog
Despite saving just one frog from the annual frog rescue at Sunnybank Nature Reserve, Sheffield volunteers worked together to conserve this hidden city green space. Over 20 wildlife enthusiasts joined the conservation effort organised by Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, expecting to save up to 200 frogs from the meadow cut which happens each winter.…
Joe Scarborough: Writing Colour
A fire has broken out at the Broomhall housing estate. In the top floor flat, a woman is pulled to safety by two firemen hanging from an adjacent window; they call it a ‘trapeze rescue’. Panic erupts around the imposing structure. Two men use a red dining chair to scale the roof, only to be…
The uncertain future of Sheffield’s queer scene
Tucked away at the foot of the Moor is the latest attempt to establish a thriving gay scene in Sheffield. I have been closely following the development of the area since RMC media reported on the plans in March. When I first came to Sheffield, it was apparent that there was not a vibrant gay…
This poem was inspired by an anonymous post on queeringthemap.com; a ‘community-generative’ website which allows LGBT+ people to document their ‘queer moments, memories and histories’ on an interactive map of the world, unifying the concepts of narrative, identity, and place. ‘was homeless, came to stay on your floor, you had moved on, I hated your…
Pride and Prejudice
I have an admirer on campus. I do not know his name, but I can tell he is in love with me. For the purposes of convenience, I have called him Craig. Craig is just like any other man; tall (about 6ft), brown hair, slim build. Craig is a ‘grafter’, a man’s man – obviously.…