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A message from Brian Blessed

We asked Brian for a message to close Off the Shelf 2017. Here's what he had to say...

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Our best moments from Off the Shelf 2017

It's been a fantastic year for Off the Shelf, with more people than ever before coming to our events and celebrating words and ideas.

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Student blog: Adam Kay

Our student blogger Maja reviews Adam Kay's talk about his hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking book, This Is Going to Hurt.

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A message from Brian Blessed

We asked Brian for a message to close Off the Shelf 2017. Here's what he had to say...

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Student blog: Jo Peel

Our student blogger Chandni reviews a talk by Sheffield street artist Jo Peel.

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Student blog: Lee Child

Our student blogger Arinola reviews Lee Child's talk at Off the Shelf 2017.

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Student blog: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession

Was Anne Boleyn a proto-feminist icon? Our student blogger Bridget reviews Alison Weir's talk.

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Student blog: Julianne Pachico

Our student blogger Chandni reviews a talk by author and Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Julianne Pachico.

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Student blog: Remain/Leave

Our student blogger Danielle reviews a talk by the photographer Jeremy Abrahams.

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Student blog: Robert Webb

Our student blogger Maja reviews Robert Webb's talk about the absurd expectations thrust upon boys and men.

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Student blog: Grit

Student blogger Maja McGill reviews the storytelling night at Off the Shelf 2017.

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Sara Khan — The Battle for British Islam

Sara talked about her book The Battle for British Islam to an engaged audience at Off the Shelf 2017.

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John O’Farrell at Off the Shelf 2017

John O'Farrell talks about his book Things Can Only Get Worse.

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Laurie Penny discusses some of her most influential books

Laurie spoke at Off the Shelf 2017 about her book Bitch Doctrine. She also told us about some of the books that have influenced her the most.

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Jacques Peretti speaks about his influences and his book DONE

Jacques Peretti talks about his book DONE: The Secret Deals That Are Changing Our World. He also speaks to us about books that have influenced him.

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Karl Byrne — The Science of Star Wars

Karl is a communicator of science and travels the world talking about it.

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Tim Dowling discusses his new book

Tim Dowling was discussing his new book Dad You Suck at University of Sheffield's Auditorium.

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Student blog: Jenni Murray: A History of Britain in 21 Women

Our student blogger Danielle reviews Jenni Murray's A History of Britain in 21 Women.

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Mike Braddick — God’s Fury, England’s Fire

Mike Braddick curated the radical strand to this year’s festival. He talks about his book God’s Fury, England’s Fire.

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Watch Hollie McNish perform a poem from her book Plum

Watch Hollie McNish perform a poem from her book Plum. Hollie performed at Off the Shelf 2017 alongside Matt Abbott.

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Blowers bowled over by bake off

Cricket commentating royalty Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld was left stumped when presented with a commemorative cake by Sheffield Hallam University students.

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Student blog: The Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Our student blogger Bridget reviews a talk on The Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

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Lee Child shares his love for Sheffield at Off the Shelf 2017

Lee Child talked to fans about his newest Jack Reacher title, The Midnight Line, at Sheffield City Hall for Off the Shelf Festival 2017.

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Student blog: Clinton Woods

Our student blogger Chandni reviews the festival's in conversation event with Clinton Woods.

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Here’s what some of our great guests have been saying

So it’s been a fabulous festival so far – here’s what some of our great guests have been saying…

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Michael Rosen praises literary festivals

Michael Rosen talks about the importance of reading and literary festivals.

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Off the Shelf competition for schools

Off the Shelf is running a competition for schools in conjunction with the Sheffield Star as part of their Reading Campaign.

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Our top picks for Off the Shelf 2017

The festival team talk about the events they're looking forward to at Off the Shelf 2017.

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Win tickets to Two Stories – Mark Haddon

To celebrate the centenary of the first publication of The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf, Mark Haddon has written a new story, St Bride’s Bay.

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And Other Stories launches new Northern Book Prize

And Other Stories celebrates its arrival in Sheffield with the launch of a new book prize in partnership with New Writing North.

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Tagore and Freedom – a Sheffield celebration

This being the UK-India Year of Culture, it is fitting that this year's festival opens with an exciting programme celebrating Tagore’s rich and diverse legacy.

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Off the Shelf celebrates a new golden age of crime writing

I am delighted that we have been able to curate a crime theme for this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

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Off the Shelf film screenings

This year's festival has three broad thematic strands: crime, radicalism and India. To complement this, we will be screening films throughout the festival.

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Welcome to this year’s festival

We hope you enjoy our new curatorial approach covering themes such as radicalism, crime and India, and a new community focus starting with Somali culture.

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I Made This by Chris Bush

In 2016, Sheffield celebrated a Year of Making and the playwright Chris Bush was commissioned to write a poem about the city and making.

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