off the shelf

8-29 October 2016

A tale of one city ... our city

Sheffield – a free spirit, curious with a warm heart and a northern soul.  Off the Shelf – a festival bursting with innovation – creative, sassy, steely, authentic and alive. 

At Off the Shelf you will meet great writers, historians, artists, scientists, journalists, musicians. You can listen, question, create, discover some secrets…  

From the Crucible Theatre to a friendly real ale pub expect a great atmosphere, a warm welcome and a chance to immerse yourself in the best of the written and spoken work. Experience literature as live as it gets – no retakes, no edits, no second chances.  Hear it as it happens in Sheffield this autumn – be part of the story and live the word.  

Off the Shelf - It Makes You Think

Off the Shelf Festival of Words


Upcoming films & events

a Yorkshire tragedy
Off The Shelf: A Yorkshire Tragedy
Wed 26 Oct 19:00
Award-winning sports writer Anthony Clavane tells the story of the 1980s through Yorkshire sport, tracing the county’s decline in the realms of football, cricket and rugby league.
mansions of misery
Off The Shelf: Mansions of Misery
Wed 26 Oct 19:30
A fascinating vision of London life in the 18th and 19th centuries told through stories from the notorious debtors’ prison Marshalsea –immortalised by Charles Dickens as a byword for misery.
alone in the jungle
Off The Shelf: Alone in the Jungle
Fri 28 Oct 19:30
Antonia is a travel writer who loves wandering alone in remote regions. Hear about her solo exploration of Indochina’s legendary HoChi Minh trail, the military supply route built by North Vietnamese communists during the Vietnam War.
the abridged shakespear
Off The Shelf: The Abridged Shakespeare
Sat 29 Oct 11:00
The two Johnnies celebrate Shakespeare with an annotated collection of his greatest plays. John Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; John Crace is the Digested Read satirist and parliamentary sketch writer for The Guardian.
7 miles out
Off The Shelf: 7 Miles Out
Sun 30 Oct 18:00
Traumatised by her father’s suicide, 11-year-old Ann struggles to escape the shadow of grief and guilt, a struggle that will lead to dark years but also, through determination and love, to a new strength.
up the junction and other work
Off The Shelf: Up the Junction and Other Work
Tue 1 Nov 19:00
Distinguished film producer Tony Garnett talks about his memoir The Day the Music Died, which looks at his life and the influences and ideas that have shaped his career in film and television production.
Off The Shelf: Sheffield and Bapaume 1916 to 2016
Fri 4 Nov 19:30
On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 513 officers and men from the Sheffield Pals Battalion were killed, wounded or missing near the French town of Bapaume. After the war, Sheffield helped raise funds and rebuild the town.


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