A handwritten letter with a fountain pen and purple flowers
Video, 59 mins

Dear Sister

Letters to inspirational women

In this filmed event for Off the Shelf 2021, Sheffield writers Helen Mort, Debjani Chatterjee and Warda Yassin shared their writings from the Dear Sister project. For the project, participants from South Yorkshire wrote a letter to a ‘sister’ – an inspirational woman in their life - responding to a letter created by workshop leader, Somali Italian writer and performer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah.


The Film

  • Ubah Cristina Ali Farah
  • Helen Mort
  • Debjani Chatterjee
  • Warda Yassin
  • Produced by Kitty Turner 


Produced in partnership with English PEN, one of the world's oldest human rights organisations protecting the freedom to write and read. Off the Shelf Festival were one of the five national organisations invited to be part of English Pen's celebratory programme 'Common Currency' for their celebrations marking their 100th anniversary in 2021. This programme was supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England.

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