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Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Type:Literary Event

Various loctaions, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Off the Shelf Festival of Words


Off the Shelf has grown into one of the largest literary festivals in the UK, attracting some of the best known names in literature and media to Sheffield each year. The festival programme is wide ranging and offers over 150 events featuring some of the best names in fiction and nonfiction, poetry, politics, journalism, music, history and science.

2019 marks the 28th edition of the festival and this year travels beyond Sheffield into Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. Off the Shelf is the only UK literary festival curated by two universities. The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are proud to be running the festival and will continue to ensure that it remains true to its roots, bringing creative content and insights from their wealth of academic expertise.

Off the Shelf brings a diverse and wide-ranging programme of events together. Special guests this year include David Baddiel, Katy Brand, David Suchet, Toria Garbutt, Jack Monroe, George Alagiah, Henry Blofeld, Mark Radcliffe, Jeffery Boakye, Louise Doughty, Michelle Tea, Vanessa Kisuule, BOSH!, Brett Anderson, and local talent including Helen Mort and Otis Mensah – the current Sheffield poet laureate. They will talk about life stories, current affairs, design, comedy, poetry, film screenings, cookery, everything Yorkshire, and more.

Off the Shelf is supported by Arts Council England and values the contributions from its supporters including University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield BID, The Moor, Hospitality Sheffield, True North Brew Co., the Alumno Group/Beton House and South Street Kitchen, as well as contributions through its popular Friends scheme.

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