Supporting Sheffield`s creative performers since 2007 .......... We produce exclusive radio show podcasts featuring local poets,singers and musicians.



 Radio Show 

Ruth Grimsley, Paul Amber and Mikey T

Podcast   The Words & Things Radio Show
We present a live event recorded at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Sheffield. 
Hosted by Ruth Grimsley, Paul Amber and Mikey T. 

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Ruth Grimsley on the microphone.
On the night of our very first event held at the Jurys Inn Sheffield, it looked as though the turnout was going to be very slim. But, even though the winter weather was most definitely against us, it didn’t stop the enthusiastic performers who came along and made it an entertaining and worthwhile session.

Not only did we have some returning guests, but some truly intriguing newcomers – some from outside the city, who all enjoyed themselves and certainly went down a treat! The performances included energetic, thoughtful and unusual  poetry, stories, original songs, and hilarious seasonal comedy.

Sit back and listen to over 90 minutes of essential audio from these aspiring and established local entertainers. Our dedicated presenters do us proud once again as they introduce and capture the profound creative spirit from across our region.

"Jurys Inn" has proved to be a superb venue and we are all looking forward to the next recording event in April.

lookWe would like to say a special thank you to the management and staff for their invaluable support.

You will hear:  Trev "The Road Poet" from Castleford, a thought inspiring song from Rob Stevens of Buxton, poetry from Peter Hartley of Sheffield, Pat  with dialogue and blank verse from Sheffield`s "Write Space" group, The Snowflake Boys with some hilarious seasonal humour, more poetry from Neil Simpson, the "Homer of Hillsborough", Ashley from Sheffield with his unmissable out spoken topical and comical  performances. Also we welcome new talent in the guise of  Franks son (aka Kevin Matthews)  from Hereford. This was his first time on a radio podcast and he performed an exclusive song set. We also welcome on board John from Sheffield with his unique presentation of the spoken word.  Performers gallery here. (Photographer - A Chapman)

Advisory: Some of the original audio content contains adult language and is not suitable for children.

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Jurys Inn
Next Event - T.B.A

 Jurys Inn - Eyre Street Sheffield S1 4QW 

Calling all near and far, may we extend a very warm invite to all poets, singers and musicians, old Location of Jurys Inn Hotel Sheffieldfaces and new faces. Come on down to perform and be heard by everyone. 
The venue is the stylish Jurys Inn Hotel who have kindly provided their excellent spacious conference room facilities.
Just minutes away from the citys bus and train stations.
There is a licensed bar available if anyone needs refreshments.

If you would like to appear on the next podcast, please e-mail us with your details and performance content.

Book your slot now at: (non performers welcome!)

Off The Shelf

welcome to sheffieldOff the Shelf is one of the UK’s most prestigious, innovative, exciting and popular literary festivals. It offers a wide ranging programme of author events, debates, poetry, workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions, storytelling, competitions, events for children and young people and more.
It is is now  well established as one of the most exciting events in the region’s cultural calendar.  The festival is one of the largest f in the North and is recognised by Arts Council England.  
Each year Off the Shelf attracts around 24,000 people.  A further estimated 100,000 people view festival displays and exhibitions with many of the events selling out.

For more information about other Off the Shelf events e-mail -

Notice - Please be aware that If you perform at the Words &Things event, you hereby give permission for the Words & Things Group to use any audio recordings, photos or videos featuring yourself.  If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to ask.

our presenters

Paul Amberpaul amber
It must have been around 1971 when I first fell in love with the various forms of media and entertainment.
"Early examples that I recall from this period are Here Come the Double Deckers! The Appointment With Fear horror movie season & The Strauss Family. The last of these was a positive influence from my father. So I was certainly open to many influences."

Paul AmberThe creative atmosphere in Sheffield within the last dozen years (I moved over to Sheffield from Rotherham in late 2003) has been truly amazing.
"Since "WaT" started in 2007, I have found it to be a wonderful Aladdin’s Cave of source materials. This project has indeed been a great example of artistic variety and will hopefully continue to be so."

"In retrospect, I can now see that I was always seeking to be part of something like Words and Things, since the late 70s/early 80s period of my life. OK, so it took much longer for such a project to come about, but it really is a great place to be!
Finally, I must say that it is a truly enjoyable experience to be a co-presenter of a web based show that showcases such a diverse range of writers and performers that can potentially reach a worldwide audience."



Ruth believes that there is nothing more interesting and wonderful than words.  They hold untold mysteries and beauties, and they constitute what sets human beings apart from all other animals! 
Ruth Grimsley"Deprived of my career as a solicitor by a serious illness, upon my recovery I turned my attention to poetry and other writing, making music and singing.  This was in 2005, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it since!
You will also find me very educational -as I really  love sharing what I know with everyone else – that is to say, teaching –so there’s a selection of my essays in the"Ruth Grimsley" section."

"Thanks to Words & Things I have been able to venture into the wonderful world of internet media. Presenting  the various live event radio shows has given me so much joy! It is a real pleasure  performing and being able to introduce the excellent work of all our talented guests.
Write, play, listen, read, recite and sing – be happy!  Enjoy the show! "

Mikey TMikey
Mikey has been involved in the local broadcasting scene for many years since he started as a Hospital Radio DJ at the age of 14. His programmes include the legendary "Hospital Roadshow" and "Soul Serenade". He has also hosted special events at various Nightclubs around the Sheffield area.

With a dedicated interest expanding over 35 years, Mikey has also presented Mikey Tprogrammes on BBC local radio.and has produced jingles and commercials for various community stations. He has also been involved with successful charity radio projects that were based in Sheffield  - "Radio Cracker and Cracker FM ".

Mikey is still actively involved with audio and web media. He helped conceive the Words & Things project together with Paul Amber back in 2007.   He  provides technical assistance, presentation, promotions, website authoring and final studio production for our live event podcast recordings.

       Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)


  Community Audio  

Created in Sheffield
Hi, we are an established Sheffield based voluntary group with a passion for presenting media featuring all kinds of creativity produced in the local community .

The team are proud to showcase a diverse range of original spoken word, songs and music on our original and distinct  platform for creative expression. We aim to continue supporting Sheffield's excellent cultural image and productive performance.

Words & Things

This website was originally conceived in 2007 and features our exclusive and popular local community radio shows. The place to hear real down to earth local folk who are simply inspired by creativity.

You are invited!

mic This is your chance to perform at one of our unique radio recording sessions. These are different from the open mic nights you may already be famililar with, something a bit special. Our friendly host presenters - Ruth, Mikey and Paul will always give a very friendly welcome!

There is a potential world wide audience waiting to hear you, what are you waiting for? 
We aim to raise the profile of local culture media and help attract new audiences and participation. Our exclusive podcasts already have listeners from across the UK , Europe and the United states. 

Podcast signLook out for the next scheduled advertised event  and get yourself along to the venue on the night. Joanne and the team will be on hand to help. Simply place your name and some details about yourself on a performers info slip and await your allocated slot.

If you don't want to perform, just come along! your support is always welcome in the audience.

Tick  Poets, singers, musicians are all invited.
Tick  Lots of performance slots available.
Tick  We are non profit making.
Tick  Free admission for everyone.

E-mail us today!Any feedback is appreciated.

Please e-mail us or leave some comments about our shows in the
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NOVEMBER  2018 - There will be some changes to this web site. Certain elements will now become unavailable due to a revised content schedule.

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The December 2012 podcast is also available on SoundCloud which allows a wider audience to hear and download one of our original classic  radio shows.

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Due to unforseen circumstances the origial Words & Things podcast project has ended. 

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This is not a commercial site.
Words & Things is a voluntary non profit making project set up for public and community benefit.
 We welcome any kind of help and support.

Off the Shelf is organised by the Sheffield City Council Major Events Service.

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