Off the shelf

10-31 October 2015

Immerse yourself in the best of the spoken and written world this autumn. There’s more than 200 events city-wide including writers, musicians, historians, journalists, scientists.

Showroom guests include:  Michel Faber/Andrew Miller/Kate Morton/Vanessa Toulmin

Plus talks on the Rolling Stones/saving our town centres/travel/theatre censorship/the food industry/poets’ letters/NHS comedy show/women’s social history/teenage football fiction

It makes you think…

Off the Shelf Festival of Words


Upcoming films & events

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OTS2015: How to Save our Town Centres w/ J Dobson
Sun 11 Oct 18:00
Julian Dobson is a Sheffield based writer, researcher, & speaker on cities & social policy. He is director of Urban Pollinators Ltd, a practical think tank which helps people work through challenging issues about place making, regeneration & society.
two hours
OTS2015: Two Hours – The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon with Ed Caesar
Mon 12 Oct 19:00
Ed Caesar is the winner of 6 major journalism awards including the PPA Writer of the Year. His stories have been published by the New York Times, GQ and the Sunday Times.
lettwer writing among poets
OTS2015: Letter Writing Among Poets with Jonathan Ellis
Fri 16 Oct 19:00
Jonathan Ellis teaches literature and film at the University of Sheffield. He is the author and editor of several books, including The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop.
OTS2015: Rollaresque – The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Simon Goddard
Simon Goddard is the author of the acclaimed music titles Ziggyology - “Thrillingly unusual” The Observer, Simply Thrilled - “Sparkling prose, endlessly entertaining” – The Independent and Mozipedia - Mojo magazine readers’ Book Of The Year’.
  • Sat 17 Oct
  • 13.00
crossfire hurricane
Crossfire Hurricane (18)
A rip-roaring documentary charting the history of The Rolling Stones, from the swinging sixties to the present day.
  • Sat 17 Oct
  • 14.30
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OTS2015: Mona Eltahawy
Sun 18 Oct 19:00
In 2011 journalist Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was assaulted by police during the Egyptian Revolution. She responded by writing a ground-breaking piece entitled 'Why Do They Hate Us?' which went viral.
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OTS2015: Walking with Angels - A Talk with Melanie Gow
Mon 19 Oct 19:30
Melanie Gow is first a mother, but also a speaker, writer and photographic artist
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OTS2015: Blackpool Tower - with Prof. Vanessa
Thu 22 Oct 19:00
This beautifully illustrated talk explores the history of the Blackpool Tower from its opening in 1894 to the present day.
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OTS2015: Street View Writer's Walk + Workshop
Sat 24 Oct 14:00
Enjoy a reflective and conversational walk (1 hour maximum at a leisurely pace) around the less frequented streets of the centre of Sheffield with creative writing tutor Vicky MacKenzie.
OTS2015: Kate Morton
Mon 26 Oct 19:00
Kate Morton is currently Australia’s highest selling international author.
OTS2015: Swallow This with Joanna Blythman
Tue 27 Oct 19:00
Journalist Joanna Blythman’s Swallow This is a fascinating exploration of the food processing industry.
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OTS2015: Josephine Butler...... with Helen Mathers
Tue 27 Oct 19:00
Josephine Butler, Patron Saint of Prostitutes - a talk with Helen Mathers
OTS2015: Football Stories with Peter Kalu
Wed 28 Oct 15:00
Author Pete Kalu talks about his teen football books from the Striker series.
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OTS2015: Theatre Censorship.... w/ Steve Nicholson
Wed 28 Oct 19:00
Theatre Censorship in the 1960's with Steve Nicholson
under the skin
OTS2015: Under The Skin
Sat 31 Oct 13:15
Join us for a day that takes you into the dark heart of the Gothic genre exploring this fascinating subject that has timeless appeal.


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