Come dine with us online! Take a seat at our digital dinner table for a menu of poetry, conversation and film.

Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon tradition of feasting, we will come together in our homes for a unique dinner time experience to share recipes, riddles and brand-new poetry from Rachel Bower, Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Kriss. Sparked by conversations with communities across Sheffield, this new body of work spans the evolution of local dialect, women’s inherited objects and what it means to be British. Using Anglo Saxon life as a starting point, we will explore the importance of community spaces to local identity through talks, discussion, and the premiere of a new film by award-winning film-maker, Eelyn Lee that celebrates Sheffield’s communities and the outstanding efforts of Food Banks.

Digesting History will take place online. You will receive further details about accessing the event upon registering for a ticket below. The first 300 Sheffield residents to sign up will receive a curated package of poems and recipes delivered to their doors from interactive arts company The Bare Project!

Digesting History has been created as part of Collections in Verse, a collaboration between Poet in the City, the British Library and Sheffield Libraries using poetry events and commissions to bring British Library exhibitions to life in four cities across the UK. The work in Sheffield was inspired by the British Library’s sold-out exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War.

The link for the online event will be sent out 48 hours ahead of the event.

Tickets & Details

The first 300 Customers will be asked for a postal address and email address when booking tickets.

  • Your postal address will be used to post you the curated interactive parcel through your door. 
  • Your email address will be used to share the link to the online event closer to the time.  

Postal addresses will be shared with The Bare Project as they will be responsible for posting your parcels. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information. The Bare Project’s privacy policy can also be found here.


The event is free to attend, but if you're able to make a donation, your much-needed contribution will go to Open Kitchen Social Club, a community programme that provides food and support for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and those in need.

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