Unfortunately, due to concerns around the spreading of coronavirus, we are cancelling local events for the foreseeable future. This means that both Talk Yourself Better: Ariane Sherine (25th March) and our Pub Social (14th April) are cancelled.

Currently, this is not government advice or the Humanists UK stance but given we are a small (albeit growing) branch, we felt it was unlikely we would get sufficient turnout to justify the time, money and effort that we put into organising events.

We will continue to monitor the situation and we hope you all keep safe over the coming months.

*CANCELLED* Talk Yourself Better: Ariane Sherine

Wed 25th March 2020, 7:30pm, Showroom 5, Showroom Cinema

Find the Event on Facebook

Showroom Cinema
15 Paternoster Row
S1 2BX
Showroom 5 can be found by going into the cinema area, round the back of the stairs and through the doors. Go past the piano and through the next door.

Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe.

As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write again for over three years.

In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better after the talk.

What people have said about Talk Yourself Better:

“Brilliant – makes the baffling comprehensible.” JEREMY VINE

“What an excellent, long-overdue idea! A super-accessible guide, through the bewildering marketplace of modern therapy, to ease our noble search for help.” DERREN BROWN

“How do we cope with this brutal world? In this witty, revealing book Ariane Sherine runs through the ways. An excellent, funny and thought-provoking read for all who seek answers.” ARTHUR SMITH

“What makes Ariane Sherine’s Talk Yourself Better stand out from the crowd is its accessibility and humour; to be able to discuss difficult things with a lightness of touch and a comedy that does not trivialise is a rare skill indeed. This, combined with the honest – and often deeply moving – stories of clients and practitioners alike, makes this the ideal introduction to for anyone considering therapy for the first time.” BRIAN BILSTON

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, New Statesman, New Humanist and The Spectator. She lives in London with her seven-year-old daughter, Lily.

*CANCELLED* Pub Social

Harrison’s Bar 1854 Bar & Function Suite, 15 Regent Terrace, Sheffield S3 7QA
Tues 14th April, Harrison’s 1854

We think it is really important for humanists in Sheffield and the surrounding area to have a chance to just have a chat with fellow humanists. For those who’ve been before, you’ll notice that we’re trying a new venue just off West St.

We’ll be discussing all things humanist or otherwise and it’s a great chance to meet people in a more informal setting.


Assisted Dying: What Would You Do?
An ethical discussion group

Wed 12th February 2020, 7:30pm, Harrisons 1854

15 Regent Terrace
S3 7QA
Off West St, between Jimmy’s Kitchen and So Famous! (formerly Sinclair’s)

Humanists UK form part of the Assisted Dying Coalition who campaign for the legalisation of assisted dying in the UK in the context of terminal illness. Currently, assisted dying is criminal act and neither relatives nor medical professional are allowed to aid their patients in death. However, the withdrawal of life-supporting treatment and palliation are both legal, where patient comfort is prioritised over and above the prolonging of life.

This discussion will be aimed at lay attendees with no prior knowledge and will be chaired by Rajin Chowdhury, Chair of Sheffield Humanists and a former President of Sheffield University Debating Society. You will have an opportunity to either express your opinion or simply listen to others. Both soft and alcoholic drinks are available and the venue is disability accessible.

We hope to see you there for what will be a fascinating discussion!

Pub Social

Harrison’s Bar 1854 Bar & Function Suite, 15 Regent Terrace, Sheffield S3 7QA
Wed 8th January 2020, 7-10pm

Can humanists celebrate Christmas?

One of the great myths surrounding humanists and the holiday season is that humanists cannot celebrate Christmas. Teddy Prout from Humanists UK will be here to talk about and take questions on why he thinks this myth persists and how to get into the secular holiday spirit!

Leaving Religion In The UK

Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre, Charles Street Building, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2ND, United Kingdom
Thu 7th Nov, 7-8:30pm

Join us for a panel discussion and hear from apostates who have left different religions, suffered the consequences and have since rebuilt their lives. Also, learn from experts who work with victims of apostasy crime and honour-based abuse.

Meet The Humanists

From prisons and hospitals to weddings and funerals, find out what we’re doing for Sheffield

DINA Venue, 32 Cambridge St, Sheffield S1 4HP
Sun 20th October 2-5pm, drop-in

Celebrants leading weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies. Pastoral carers providing support in prisons, hospitals and Universities, School speakers teaching our young people about humanism. In Sheffield and across the country, Humanists UK provides a variety of different services and ceremonies. Perhaps you’re looking for a person to help you with a wedding but don’t want to includ any religion. Or maybe you’re a local humanist looking to give something back to the community.

Whether you’re completely new to humanism or want to get more heavily involved, this is chance for you to find out more. There will also be material from LGBT Humanists, Defence Humanists and Young Humanists (18-35).

Trolleys and Tribulations

How to make an ethical decision

Showroom 5, Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Sun 18th August 7-9pm

Humanists in Sheffield and the UK

Farm Road Social Club, Farm Road, Sheffield, S2 2TP
Mon 19th August 7:30pm


Rajin Chowdhury Chair of Sheffield Humanists
Michael Heap (Chair) School Speaker (Humanists UK) and Sheffield Skeptics Committee Member
Jo Mutlow Regional Coordinator of Pastoral Care (Humanists UK)
Mike Parker Local Humanist

Pub Social at Showroom Cafe and Bar
Weds 31st July 7-10pm

Café Social

Couch Campo Lane (not Ecclesall Rd), 28th September, 1-5pm