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

darling baby mine
Off The Shelf: Darling Baby Mine
Wed 5 Oct 19:30
A heartbreaking memoir tackling the mistreatment of women and stigma of mental health in the 1940s – told through one man’s search for his mother.
chris cleave
Off The Shelf: Chris Cleave
Tue 11 Oct 19:00
Chris Cleave talks abouthis acclaimed latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. This stunning and unconventional wartime epic is a story of passion, loss, prejudiceand incredible courage moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta.
forbidden planet
Off the Shelf: Forbidden Planet
Sat 15 Oct 13:30
As part of Off the Shelf ‘s Shakespeare Day enjoy a screening of cult classic Forbidden Planet introduced by Martin Carter.
marathon man
Off The Shelf: Marathon Man
Mon 17 Oct 19:00
Taking up marathon running for a 20p bet, runner Rob Young has achieved legendary status by completing over 365 marathons in a year.
valley poets
Off The Shelf: Valley Poets
Mon 17 Oct 19:30
An evening of contemporary poetry featuring poets published by independent Yorkshire-based publisher Valley Press.
cold eath
Off The Shelf: Cold Earth
Tue 18 Oct 19:00
The creator of the Vera and Shetland series ofdetective fiction Ann Cleeves unveils her latest book – Cold Earth – featuring the much loved DI Jimmy Perez in a murder mystery set in the depths of a Shetland winter.
lubetkin legacy
Off The Shelf: The Lubetkin Legacy
Wed 19 Oct 19:00
From the bestselling Sheffield author of AShort History of Tractors in Ukrainian comes a darkly comic new work steeped in the foibles and eccentricities of a constantly surprising north London community.
a gremlin in the works
Off The Shelf: A Gremlin in the Works
Fri 21 Oct 19:30
From Gremlin’s small beginnings in 1983, through to gaming characters Monty Mole and Thing On a Spring in the 1980s or groundbreaking games Lotus EspritTurbo Challenge, Zool and Premier Manager in the 1990s, this Sheffield company shaped an industry.
fugitive colours
Off The Shelf: Fugitive Colours
Mon 24 Oct 19:00
A celebration of a new poetry collection from Liz Lochhead, one of the UK’s best-loved writers, published to celebrate the end of her term as Makar (Scotland’s Poet Laureate).
dear greenpeace
Off The Shelf: Dear Greenpeace
Tue 25 Oct 14:00
Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him.
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.
off the shelf
Off the Shelf: Boule de Suif - French Book Group
Thu 27 Oct 20:30
Guy de Maupassant, Boule de Suif... Is 19th-century French society more or less hypocritical than ours? Are the travellers realistic or mere caricatures?
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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