Read To Me – 10th June 11am

All around the city, people of all ages will read the same poem out loud.
Everyone can join in.
Invite your family, friends, pupils, work colleagues to take part with you.
On Friday 10th June at 11am.

Read to Me

Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished- please read them again.

Author: Jane Yolen

Record and Share

If you would like to video or audio record yourselves reading the poem aloud, you can share your recording on twitter #BigRead and tag @SentinelStaffs and @StaffsUni

Community Open Day 11th June 2016

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Join us for Free fun activities for all ages!

on Saturday 11th June 2016 from 10am to 3pm

at Staffordshire University and
Stoke Sixth Form College,

Leek Rd, Shelton ST4 2DF

 

At Stoke Sixth Form College

  • Hands on Clay workshops with BCB and Stoke on Trent Museum Service

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BCB logo Print

 

 

 

  • Dance workshops with Sixth Form College students – Lindy Hop, Charleston and Salsa
  • Art exhibition – students from the Sixth Form College and local schools
  • Craft stall
  • Samba workshop
  • film/ media activity
  • Face painting

Science Centre Plaza

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  • Bouncy castle
  • Ice Cream from Lolapalooza

 

 

LRV, Staffordshire University

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  • campus tours –  book in at the Science Centre
  • subject talks –  book in at the Science Centre
  • Show and Tell degree show tours –  book in at the Science Centre
  • information and plans for developments on campus and in the University Quarter

show and tellStaffordshire University Sports Centre

  • sports and class demos
  • Labyrinth walk

Coalport Community Garden at Staffordshire University

  • food and drink stands
  • access to walks on the Nature Reserve and along the River Trent

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celebrate a love of words this summer!

visit your local libraryAre you ready for some tear jerking, heart thumping, edge of your seat, laugh out loud moments?

Then join us as we celebrate the love of reading and writing over the summer months of 2016, with our packed programme of literacy inspired activity:

Too Write Competition with Hot Air Literary Festival open until 20th May for all ages. Get your pen out and start writing!

The Little Library Van started it’s journey round the city on 5th April, sharing stories with children and families. You can book it for your community event to bring a love of reading to your doorstep. Contact Stoke-on-Trent Libraries.

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100 Reads is a list of the 100 favourite children’s books chosen by local children (and some parents and teachers). Every child will get a copy of the list, and libraries and schools will get a copy of each of the 100 books. The Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Stoke Speak Out 100 Reads project will be celebrating on the 18th May. Look out for lists and books in your local library from then.

The Big Read Staffordshire University will give a new book to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in the city, in partnership with Beanstalk, Stoke-on-Trent Libraries,  and local newspaper the Sentinel – there will be two weeks of press stories about literacy activities.

Voices Festival on the 8th June is a one day literacy festival at Staffordshire University for 110 secondary school students from Horizon Academy. They will be encouraged to develop their writing skills in workshops led by professional writers and to explore their own regional voices through performance poetry, story writing and drama. As part of the celebrations of Shakespeare’s anniversary, The Globe Theatre will also work with a company of student players to present a performance of Macbeth at the end of the festival.

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Stoke’s Literary Festival “Hot Air” runs from the 9th to 11th June 2016.
The programme includes the Too Write competition prize giving on the 9 June at Staffordshire University, a talk with Catherine Burgass a lecturer at Staffordshire University, interviewing Lisa Blower and a Hot Air author workshop at Staffordshire University on the 10 June.

Read Poetry Out Loud on Friday 10th June – Join with everyone in every school in Stoke-on-Trent, people at Staffordshire University, Stoke Sixth Form College and other organisations across the city reading the poem ‘“Read To Me” by Jane Yolen out loud at 11am.

Staffs Fringe Community Open Day at Staffordshire University & Stoke Sixth Form College on Saturday 11th June includes “Somewhere Special To Read” spaces for reading and storytelling with Beanstalk Charity.

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The Big Book Swap Picnic in Hanley Park on Sunday 12th June invites the whole community to bring a picnic and a book to swap, from 12-2pm. If you haven’t got a spare book you can write a story or poem in exchange for a spare book. (Secondhand books donated by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and  service). For ALL ages. Adult and Community Learning and Family Learning, Creative Learning and Wavemaker will run free workshops and activities. Organised by the University Quarter Community Action Network.

 

And there is more planned – keep your eyes open for the Wee Free Library Boxes coming your way soon!

Look for updates on the University Quarter facebook and twitter
as well as Staffs Fringe facebook and twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Open Day April 2016

We are excited to have Jim from the BBC’s Great Pottery Thrown Down with us on Saturday 23rd April.
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 At 11am and 11:30am Jim will be giving a talk and pottery demonstration.
At 1pm we will have live music from Jim with his band Slim Jim and the Wildcards.
During the day you can take part in lots of FREE activities:

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  • have a campus tour starting from the Science Centresports centre activities
  • hear a University talk on a wide range of subjects – book in at the Science Centre
  • view plans & find out more about developments on campus in the Science Centre
  • grab a bite to eat or a drink in the Coalport Community Garden
  • take part in Charity Sports competition and see activity demos in the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre

10.30 – 12.30 take a Labyrinth Walk with Prof Bernard Moss in the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre Sports

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11-3 in the LRV

  • have your face paintedface paint
  • learn about the Big Read summer literacy programme
  • find out how you can get involved in local community action with UniQ CAN
  • share your ideas for My Stoke Community Archaeology in Stoke on Trent

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CLAY

12-3pm do a hands on Creative Clay workshop in the LRV

 

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1-1.30pm relax with Midday Meditation at 1pm for half an hour led by Kitty Reim (over 18) Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre

Literature on Your Doorstep

2-3pm

Hear a lecture on “Literature on Your Doorstep – Stoke-in-Print with Dr Catherine Burgass in room B169 in the Brindley building

 

 

For more information contact transformation@staffs.ac.uk or call 01782 294345.

 

YMCA Artlands family day

  • Event date: June 20, 2015
  • Event time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Join Speight of the Art for the Artlands family day at YMCA North Staffs.

ymca event posterBirmingham Royal Ballet, Speight of the Art and Waltons Way Sound Foundation will all be running free workshops.

Make music, dance, create art and have fun at this special event!

 

A Green University

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The River Trent runs through the Staffordshire University site on Leek Rd in Shelton.
Not a lot of people know that.

There is a big Nature Reserve at the back of the University. You can download a guide to a walk and species of wildlife and plants at the website here. It’s a beautiful area with mown paths. Great for a walk.

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See if you can spot any of the 250 trees planted in the spring 2015 by the Staffordshire University Greenpad volunteers.

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Stoke in Colour – Contrasts – Photo workshop

  • Event date: June 17, 2015
  • Event time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

At the Art Stop, Church St, Stoke ST4 1BU

Come and work with photographers Tony Jones and Jenny Harper of the Photographers Collective North Staffs to create contrasting pairs of pictures of the Art Stop and its surroundings.

Art Stop photoBring a camera/phone if you have one – we have a small number for loan if you don’t. We will be able to print some of your pictures, and we hope to feature some of the images taken in a forthcoming Photographers Collective exhibition.

Part of London Road Festival.

Get clay under your fingernails with BCB

  • Event date: June 20, 2015
  • Event time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join the BCB at the Fringe Finale to make a ceramic flower and be part of a large-scale contemporary artwork at this years British Ceramics Biennial.

clay flowerTraditional flower-maker, RIta, will be on hand to help you, talk more about the exhibition and chat about traditional ceramic skills still being used in the City.

By making a ceramic forget-me-not flower , you’ll become part of the 194000 exhibition at the festival. 194000 will be a Stoke-on-Trent WW1 100th anniversary memorial to the men of the North Staffordshire Regiment who went to war 1914-18. The large ceramic-flower based installation will take over a large area of the festival and encourage visitors to get involved.

http://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/

http://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/content/194000

 

walking, writing & Raspberry Pi

  • Event date: June 16, 2015
  • Event time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for a special Adult Learners Week event in partnership with London Rd Festival and Letting in the Light

We will start with a walk down London Rd in Stoke from Boothen Gardens ST4 4BX at 6.30pm with Dave Parkes. Using old maps, history and serendipity.

photo of sign postA celebration of the street as urban folk museum, cabinet of curiosities, portal and place of wonder.

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At 7pm take part in a Creative Writing workshop with Caroline Butterwick at the Art Stop in Stoke town ST4 1BU

 

Try your hand and brain at Raspberry Pi computing with Karl Gimblett at 7pm in the Art Stop.

photo of computerRaspberry Pi computers are small and cheap. They are a great way to learn how to code and program, and to control devices.

 

Please book on eventbrite -click here 
or phone 01782 294793 as places are limited.

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