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the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • h—j

the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • h—j

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For our first A-Z issue in Sheffield, we asked our friends — people we’d featured in the paper — what they had enjoyed this past year, and what they were looking forward to in the next one. We then shared the questions with their friends, acquaintances and a whole bunch of people we’d never met but wanted to hear from anyway. Some of these people have always lived in Sheffield; others have travelled from far-away places to make the city their home. We’ve tried to talk to a diverse group of people from a wide range of sectors; artists, festival directors, CEOs, florists, musicians, wedding planners and picture framers have answered our questions.

The A-Z issue is compiled of hopes, dreams, memories — the ones you share as friends, colleagues and strangers in a city.  Next year, we hope to include even more.

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Heather Gilberthorpe
Peddler Market

— 2015 —

Top of my list, without question, is marrying my wife, Libby — I had no idea how wonderful it would be. We married in Norfolk and then celebrated at Tamper with our families and most wonderful pals. Beyond the sentimental, growing Peddler has been a lot of fun — the crowds that come down bring a real vibe and have shown us, and the traders who take part, so much support during Peddler’s first year.

— 2016 —

There are so many great creatives here who are intent on making things happen; Sheffield is an exciting place to be. In December, we held the first Peddler in our new event space, 92 Burton Rd, on the edge of Kelham Island. I can’t wait to get things moving; for us to get to grips with the space, make it our own and to collaborate with others to develop some more interesting events for 2016.

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Helena Fletcher
Photographer

— 2015 —

I wouldn’t say there’s one memory in particular but 2015 was actually my first full year in Sheffield, as well as my first year of freelancing full time. I found it such an exciting year in many ways. Getting to know a new city and the people in it was so brilliant and discovering new favourite walks, coffee spots, places to eat etc was so great.

— 2016 —

Sheffield has such a great creative/entrepreneurial community and I’m really excited to see what 2016 brings for it. I’m hearing whispers of lots of new exciting shops, spaces and ideas so it will be great to see these come to fruition. As with every year I’m also looking forward to the return of summer — being able to spend evenings out in the Peaks again is something I’m really excited for!

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Jo Peel
Artist

— 2015 —

I had a baby girl in October 2015, so in terms of memories, seeing her squashy little red face for the first time was pretty spectacular! If you wanted me to talk about work, then it would have to be a tie-up between filming in Pittsburgh and meeting some brilliant and crazy people over there and the opening evening of my solo show in the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. I remember swimming in the lido out at Hathersage a few hours before the exhibition opened, on one of the warmest days of the year, knowing that all the work was done and hanging on the walls. That was nice.

— 2016 —

In 2016 I am looking forward to getting back to work again after some time off with my little girl. I don’t have any big plans for Sheffield just yet but I’m off to Japan in April for an exhibition out there, so I’m really excited to get back into my studio at Yorkshire Artspace and do some painting in there.

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Jonathan Phillips
Humpit

— 2015 —

My favourite memory of 2015 is meeting Sir Richard Branson and getting an award for best street food 2015.

— 2016 —

I’m really looking forward to setting up our new hummus shop in Sheffield and meeting new customers and other independent business owners.

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Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 5


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