Off the Shelf Festival highlights: November – 27 November

Laura Bates, sat 22 nov, the foundry

Highlights Include:

Diane Setterfield and Lauren Owen

Mon Nov 3 7pm

Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, S1 

Diane Setterfield is the author of the international bestseller The Thirteenth Tale which was made into an acclaimed film by the BBC starring Olivia Coleman and Vanessa Redgrave in 2013. Her new novel Bellman & Black is another page-turner – a deftly written and captivating ghost story that is a masterpiece in story-telling.

The Quick is a major new debut adventure from one of the most gifted of a new generation of British writers, Lauren Owen.

Sir Patrick Duffy

Fri Nov 7 7pm

Town Hall Reception Rooms, Town Hall, Pinstone Sreet, S1

Sir Patrick Duffy was a Sheffield MP for over 20 years as well as Navy Minister and Chair of the North Atlantic Council. His autobiography Growing Up Irish in Britain and British in Ireland was launched at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin.

Sir Patrick had wartime experience in Northern Ireland as a defence minister and was President of the Nato assembly. His time as MP for Attercliffe also saw the collapse of steel and a changing political complexion in the city.

Sir Patrick will be talking about his fascinating life, dominated by institutional, military and political strife.


Kirsty Wark in Conversation

Weds Nov 12 7:30pm

The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10

Kirsty Wark discusses her first novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle. This acclaimed debut is an enchanting story of love and belonging over 100 years on the Scottish island of Arran – a place with which Kirsty’s family have strong connections.

Well known as a broadcaster and journalist on Newsnight and The Review Show Kirsty will talk about her career and her move into fiction writing.


Life, Love and the Archers with Wendy Cope 

Tues  Nov 18 7:30pm

The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10

With her sharp eye for human foibles and unfailing sense of humour, Wendy Cope is one of the nation’s best loved poets. Now she has released a prose collection – a book for anyone who’s ever fallen in love, tried to give up smoking or consoled themselves that they’ll never be quite as old as Mick Jagger.

Wendy Cope’s best-selling poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Family Values.

Laura Bates – Celebrating Modern Feminism

Sat Nov 22 7:30pm

The Foundry, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on public transport, journalist Laura Bates started a project called Everyday Sexism to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue.

Astounded by the response she received she realised that the situation was far worse than she’d thought. It was clear that sexism had been normalised. Bates decided that it was time for change.

Laura talks about her project and book – the first to give a collective online voice to the protest against sexism – and will inspire you with her intelligence, lucidity and passion for the subject.

The Hundred Years War

Thurs November 27 7:45pm

Crucible Studio Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, S1 

Following on from their highly acclaimed show Being Human, Midlands Creative Projects in association with Bloodaxe Books and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry present their latest production The Hundred Years’ War.

Three performers, live music and striking imagery are combined to create a heart-wrenching drama whose every word is charged with poetry.


Civica School Competition: 

To celebrate the centenary of World War One Civica are inviting Sheffield’s students to take part in a writing competition to win a Kindle Fire.

Pupils in the age categories of 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 years old are asked to enter 500 words or a 2 minute podcast or video in the voice of a character living through the war.  To help inspire budding authors, a microsite has been created where students can meet World War One Heroes – visit

All entries will be published onto the microsite and must be submitted before noon on Friday 21 November for a chance to win the top prize of a Kindle Fire.

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