About

Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary festivals in the UK. Every year we bring the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield.

Previous festivals have included appearances by Hilary Mantel, Levison Wood, Kate Adie, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, David Mitchell, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, Nick Hornby, Simon Armitage, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tony Robinson, Sandi Toksvig, John Pilger, the Hairy Bikers, Jamie Oliver, Owen Jones and Ian Rankin – to name just a few.

Since 1991, we have established ourselves as one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Sheffield. Our core mission is to bring literature and the arts to all parts of the community.

Our programme of events is curated jointly by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, the only UK literature festival to be run in this way.

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Events