Off the Shelf

Image: Dylan Thomas' Boathouse

Off the Shelf Festival of Words is well established as one of the major events in Sheffield and the region's cultural calendar. The festival has grown into one of the largest, most popular and exciting events in the North of England attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media. The festival offers a wide range of events for audiences of all ages including readings, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, talks, walks, poetry and much more.

The Showroom is delighted to work in collaboration with Off the Shelf, presenting an exciting and extensive programme of guest speakers and film screenings 

Callingall out-of-towners! The Sheffield Culture Consortium need your help:

Do you live outside of Sheffield and intend to buy a ticket for this year’s  Off The Shelf festival? We’re interested in encouraging more people like you to come to Sheffield and experience the fantastic festivals, cultural venues and events on offer here.

Therefore, we would like to find out about you and what you think about Off The Shelf.  We'd be really thrilled if you could take part in a short online survey, conducted in accordance with Market Research Society guidelines, to tell us about how we can improve on your visitor experience in the future.

If you complete the survey you’ll also have a chance to win a £10 book token kindly donated by Off The Shelf, so all you have to do is follow the link to the survey here (it should only take you 10mins to complete)

All your responses will of course be treated confidentially.

Many thanks for your help.

Sheffield Culture Consortium

Upcoming films & events

Ideas Alive
Mon 27 Oct 17:45
These talks by academics at the University of Sheffield will introduce you to new ideas and cutting edge research.
Off the Shelf
Centuries of Change An Illustrated Talk by Ian Mortimer
Mon 27 Oct 19:00
Ian Mortimer is inspirational in his ability to immerse us in history’s daily reality. His books include the best-selling Time Traveller’s Guides to Medieval and Elizabethan England.
Tom Stafford
What’s the Evidence on Using Rational Argument to Change People’s Minds? With Doctor Tom Stafford
Tue 28 Oct 19:00
Popular psychology books reinforce the idea that we’re emotional, irrational creatures, but Tom Stafford argues against this bleak portrait of human irrationality...
Farmageddon - Philip Lymbery
Farmageddon – The True Cost of Cheap Meat with Philip Lymbery
Wed 29 Oct 19:00
Farmageddon is an eye opening and ground-breaking examination of the quiet revolution of mega-farming that is threatening our countryside, farms and food.
The Workstation 20th Anniversary, Jonathan Wilkinson
Business Bites
Thu 30 Oct 12:00
A bite-sized slice of inspiration designed to fit in your lunch break. Chew over the wisdom of our specialist guest speakers while you tuck into a complimentary lunch.
The Hit - Melvin Burgess
Meet the author - Melvin Burgess
Thu 30 Oct 14:00
Melvin Burgess' gripping new young adult thriller is The Hit which features a mind-blowing central idea: a craze for a euthanasia drug that gives you the best week of your life – before killing you … It’s the ultimate high. At the ultimate price …
Desiree Reynolds
Desiree Reynolds
Fri 31 Oct 19:30
Sheffield-based writer, Desiree Reynolds talks about Seduce, her ambitious debut novel full of twists and surprises and a host of distinctly unforgettable characters.
Under Milk Wood
Under Milk Wood + Q&A (12A)
A rare chance to see Under Milk Wood, the 1972 British film, on the big screen, followed by Q&A with director Andrew Sinclair.
  • Sat 1 Nov
  • 13.30
Dylan Thomas' Boathouse
‘Conceive these Images in Air’ Dylan Thomas and the Visual Arts - A Talk with David Alston
Sun 2 Nov 11:00
Off the Shelf’s daylong (and more) celebration of Dylan Thomas ends with a talk by David Alston, Arts Director of the Arts Council of Wales, exploring visual imagery connected to the poet’s imagination.
Diane Setterfield
Diane Setterfield and Lauren Owen
Mon 3 Nov 19:00
Diane Setterfield is the author of the international bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. Her new novel Bellman & Black is another wonderful page-turner. The Quick is the debut of one of the most gifted of a new generation of British writers, Lauren Owen.
Blackpool Winter Gardens - Vanessa Toulmin
Magnificent Blackpool Winter Gardens An Illustrated Talk by Professor Vanessa Toulmin
Mon 24 Nov 19:00
This beautifully illustrated talk explores the history of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens from their opening in 1878 to the present day.


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