Wordy Writinghood #Why I Write

Write here feminists,

I’m back again- this late evening, with yet more Off The Shelf event info!!!

For the initiated, the wonderful world of Twitter has trended the theme #Why I Write today, and all day long there have been some wonderful insights into the world of famous authors and their motivation to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards, all to amuse, enthral, and often inspire their millions of fans!!!

Your humble author of this WordPress site loves to write from inspiration, passion, and purely from the heart over and above everything else ( as you may have noticed!!)

Writing can be uplifting, joyous and inspirational, also therapeutic and cathartic, as the great authors and songwriters of this world can certainly attest to!!

On that note, I would like to share some more Off The Shelf events with you that might just fan the flames of your creative spark, with some more literary workshops to conclude the festival!!


Booking is by email for this event, see the full OTS guide for more details of all future workshops in the final week!!


Hope you find something of interest to whet your appetite!!

Good night for now and keeeep writing!!!





























Crumbs-WEP are Canvassing for councillors!!!

Hi all,

As OTS draws to an end, and festive feminist forays loom on the agenda, why not polish the dust off your shelf and do brunch at Union Street Cafe where WE will be picking your creative brains ( ok not literally!!) to focus on campaigning for the party ahead of the seasonal C word Christmas!!!

If you want to have your cake and eat it WE are ready for your canvassing support!!!

See WEtails below:

Sunday 10th December- Let’s do Brunch 10.30 at Union ST.  Open invitation to members and supporters to join us for brunch – please bring cake/croissants etc.  It will be busy in town, so we will follow this up with a bit of leafleting ….
Have a fabulous WEekend!!!





Conflicts and Conquests- to Fashion Heaven-it’s the Off The Shelf week ahead!!!

Happy Friday feminists,

The week has ended, and as ever in the world of feminism and politics there is so much to be excited about!!!

Off The Shelf may be coming to an end, but there are still some exciting events to look out for this weekend and over the week ahead!!

Sew if you have a passion for fashion don’t forget to button it and listen to Lynn Knight’s fascinating herstory of women’s apparel throughout the 20th Century, ( you never know extra tickets may be on sale due to popular demand-so don’t panic if you don’t have one just yet- here are the event details for tomorrow 21st October @ 2pm at The Creative Lounge-http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/the-button-box-lynn-knight/

From Boudicea to Mary Quant on Sunday 22nd October @ 1pm why not grab your tickets for Murray in a hurry as Jenni Murray presents a fascinating herstory of 21 women who helped to shape the history of Britain, http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/a-history-of-britain-in-21-women-jenni-murray/

Last but not least on 26th October at 7pm Harriet Harman is presenting material from her inspiring political memoir ” A Woman’s Work”  which is being held at Sheffield Hallam University at the Pennine Theatre.

Full price tickets and concessions available at time of writing here:http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/a-womans-work-harriet-harman/

Tell your friends, bring a friend, make friends, or just sit and relax with a coffee and maybe a signed copy of one of the author’s hot pressing publications!!




Blossom Thrills in Black History Month!!!

Hi Fems,

Well yesterday we promised you more forthcoming events to announce- and in conjunction with Black History Month this coming Monday 16th October, discover the art of noise as Black Blossoms collaborate with Melanin Fest!!!

‘Black Blossoms’ exhibition lands in Sheffield!
The stunning exhibition of art from Black female collective Black Blossoms is landing in Sheffield, and we’re throwing them a party in collaboration with Melanin Fest!

Join us for a celebration of art from the perspective of Black Women on Monday 16th October. Our laid-back launch party will include short films, live painting, live hair-braiding and an intimate look at the Black Blossoms exhibition. Plus, let your hair down to a playlist of ‘Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Bashment, Roots and Afrobeat rhythms’ created by Latifah Stone. Entry is free, we welcome everyone, the bar will be open & the goodtimes will roll! 

– Bar open from 6.00pm
– A selection of artists short films: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 
– Music & good vibes from 7.30 
– Live painting from 7.30 
– Live hair-braiding from 7.30 

Black Blossoms is a creative revolution, highlighting the voices of self-identifying black women in creative industries and education. A UK touring exhibition exploring socio-political issues, feminism and self love from the perspective of black women artists, living in Britain in 2017.

Check out this Buzzfeed article about the Black Blossoms Collective here.

Join our Facebook Event page here.

Get Together Women and grab a pizza the political pie!!!

Happy Monday feminist friends,

Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend!!

What joy as Parliament returned today, with some engaging and heartfelt debates- catch up with them on:

BBC I-Player Live I-Player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcparliament and Parliament TV!!!


If Parliament is your passion- and you want to become more involved- I am pleased to give early notice of this exciting event coming up in November- a collaboration between the fantastic She-Fest and The Parliament Project- will remind you all again nearer the time!!!

Parliament Week: Discover Parliament – SheFest

Thursday 16 November 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

The Printhouse, 21-23 North Church Street, S1 2DH

As part of Parliament Week, in partnership with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Team, SheFest is proud to present an opportunity to discover UK Parliament. The women only workshop will include an introduction to Parliament and its work, plus practical advice and tips on taking action, with a special focus on how women can get more involved and get their voices heard. This free event also includes pizza! So come along to meet Lynn, grab a slice (or two) of pizza and get clued up on your Parliament and how to get involved. Open to all self-identified women (18+). Book your free ticket via www.shefestsheffield.eventbrite.com. Got questions or need support to access the event, just email us at shefestsheffield@gmail.com and we’d be happy to help. www.shefest.wordpress.com

 Well the sun was shining today in Steely Sheffield and the feminist events keep coming along- nationally , we have the bi-annual Feminism In London Conference- featuring our very own Sheffield based Alison Boydell, of Not Buying It-and some more exciting news is that the leader of the Women’s Equality Party Sophie Walker will be attending the conference- follow the web link for your tickets- https://filia.org.uk/filia-conference-2017/

It really does promise to be something special this year!!

Locally, the events keep stacking up, October sees Off The Shelf featuring many feminist related talks, workshops and events, as well as Black History Month, and Together Women have an event on Wednesday 11th October which runs throughout the afternoon. The focus is on Street Harassment and Safer Cities – see below for details!!

Street Harassment and Safer Cities focus group – Together Women

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Together Women Project, 106 Arundel Lane, S1 4RF

Working with Plan UK, Together Women Project will be hosting 2 focus groups to understand how street harassment affects girls in UK cities, and the degree to which this impacts on their autonomy, safe mobility and freedom to participate fully in society. The final report will include recommendations for service and policy improvement, and will help inform Plan’s future work in this area. We are looking for young women aged 14- 25 years to take part. Please call 01142758282 to book on, or email JessicaR@togetherwomen.org.

Watch this thread for more events to get your teeth into soon!!!

Happy Monday!!!










Stop press- Off the Shelf is here!!

Happy Thursday feminist friends,

Well after months of anticipation, it’s finally here- Off The Shelf returns with a packed agenda of exciting events, and if you love the written word, or perhaps have some feminist scribblings in the pipeline-why not go along to this event this Saturday and see if you can get yourself published!!


Today marks the International Day Of No Prostitution, and if both fictional and factual discussions and representations of prostitution interest you, why not pop along to two OTS events next week- on 11th October Michele Roberts presents a reading from her book “The Walworth Beauty” at 7.30 pm at The Quaker Meeting House- http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/the-walworth-beauty-michele-roberts

If that wasn’t enough don’t forget that the following evening at the same time and place, Julie Bindel presents a discussion on sex trafficking and prostitution with opportunity for debate afterwards!!


Finally we all recognise the importance of personal safety in public as we go about our daily lives, today 5th October is also National Personal Safety Day so why not check out the Suzy Lamplugh Trust site https://www.suzylamplugh.org/ to discover and share advice and information on public transport- and if you want to become more involved locally why not join The Know The Line South Yorkshire campaign https://twitter.com/knowthelineSY meet like minded individuals and community groups promoting this goal!!
















SWIM in the equalisea with Shami Chakrabarti on November 9th-book with Eventbrite!!

Hi feminists,

More great news today as The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists prove that they trust women as they have voted overwhelmingly to support the decriminalisation of abortion in conjunction with the BMA!!

And The SWIM team at the Hallamshire Medical school are hosting this fantastic event in November!!! See the Eventbrite below: