Readathon Live 2021!

My City Reads and Writes

Our half-term readathon, organised across the volunteer-run libraries in Sheffield, is based on the theme “My City Reads and Writes”. Featuring a reading of Nik Perrin’s poem “Mrs City” by children all across the city, followed by free creative workshops organised by CHOL Theatre and Arts Company, and culminating in a lived streamed performance, Readathon Live! offers a unique opportunity for children aged 7-15 to get involved in something creative, different, and fun.

“Mass Poetry Reading”

For the first part of our Readathon, Children aged 7-15 across the city are invited to be a part of a mass reading of “Mrs City” by Nik Perring (Writer in Residence for Sheffield Libraries). This mass reading will go live on Monday 15th February, when you can watch yourself on the Internet!

All you need to do is use your phone to film yourself, your child, your sibling or your whole family reading. The text of the poem is at the bottom of this page, or you can download and print a pdf here.  Send your video via WhatsApp to 07526 032173 to be included in a very special edited video of “Mrs City”. Or contact David McNeil at Zest , if you would like more information. The deadline for submissions of readings has been extended to Wednesday 10th February.

Be a part of something big and remember to be creative – you might want to dress up, or do actions, or perform in any way you can think up!

Chol Creative Workshop and Performance Event

For the second part of our Readathon, Chol will run 3 creative workshops.  All completely free to join. All workshops will be held online via Zoom.
Suitable for ages 7-15

  • Tuesday 16th Feb- 10am – 11.00am – Creative ideas workshop
  • Tuesday 16th Feb- 3pm – 4pm – Creative Ideas workshop
  • Wednesday 17th Feb – 10am – 11.30am – Poetry Workshop
  • Thursday 18th – 2pm – 3.30pm – New Tricks: Home Studio Recording Workshop with Site Gallery (ages 14-18)
  • Friday 19th Feb – Open Poetry Performance Session 12.00

Creative Ideas Workshop

Each workshop will be fun, relaxed and exciting and designed to inspire the imagination and get you thinking creatively. During these online workshops you will take part in a number of games and activities to make new friends, build confidence and unleash your creativity. The ideas created during these workshops could be used to write your own poem. Suitable for ages 7-15

Poetry Workshop

Learn skills and techniques to incorporate in your own poem. This workshop will help you to write your own poem and give you hints and tips about performing it. No experience necessary. Suitable for ages 7-15.

Open Poetry Performance

This online performance session is open to anyone who has taken part in the workshops earlier in the week. This relaxed, fun performance will include poetry from local poets as well as the opportunity for any participants from earlier sessions to perform their own poems. Join as an audience member or join as a performer for an inspirational session.

Places on each workshop are limited. To book online please email Lauren ash at for more information.

For more information about Chol please visit our website at