We formed this network in 2015. Anyone who self-identifies as a Sheffield Author is welcome to apply to become a member. We want this to be a place readers can visit to support local talent, and be assured that the books they find here are of sufficient merit. For that reason we have a rule that at least two existing members must vet a new application.
We want to provide a useful source of information to anyone who is interested in Sheffield and its literature/writers.
Sheffield has always been known for its heavy industry. As the city has adapted to change creative industries have come to be more important. Music led the way in many respects: Joe Cocker, The Human League, Heaven 17, Artery, Def Leppard, Clock DVA, Cabaret Voltaire, ABC, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Reverend and the Makers to name a few. It is increasingly a place for writers: Marina Lewycka, Berlie Doherty, Sunjeev Sahota, Lesley Glaister, Danuta Reah, Helen Mort etc.
We aim to celebrate and showcase Sheffield's writers, provide support and advice to fellow authors through the network and our webpages, and to find ways to connect with readers, share our experience and our work.
For reviews of Sheffield novels see Steve Kay's blog.
Please join our mailing list below to keep in touch with us. We plan to run competitions and special offers/prizes, so you don't have to be an author or an aspiring one. If you are interested in Sheffield and its literature there'll be something for you. We promise not to spam you.
We also look forward to welcoming new author members and seeing this network expand. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as a Sheffield Author, and who has something published that fits in with what we are about. We try to run this network democratically, so contact us and provide us a link to your Amazon page or where we can see you work and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
We charge £10 a year for membership which goes towards website and admin costs (we are entirely run by volunteers, no one takes any money). Any surplus will be put towards activities and promotional work to the equal benefit of all members.
Once agreed, we'll ask you what you want on your page and set it up.