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.

Our exciting crime strand, curated by Professor Chris Wigginton from Sheffield Hallam University, starts with bestselling University of Sheffield graduate Lee Child talking about his latest Jack Reacher title. There are lots of other events too, including a full day of major names from the crime-writing world.

Professor Mike Braddick from the University of Sheffield has guest-curated the radicalism strand with thought-provoking talks on everything from the Peasants’ Revolt to the Russian Revolution.

Sheffield as an internationally diverse city is reflected in our new community showcase, with a series of events celebrating the spoken word and oral tradition from our Somalian community. View the events here.

Our vibrant India strand features film, food, history and literature and is part of the Year of India celebrations nationally.

For information about the UK-wide #WeAreInternational campaign founded by the University of Sheffield, see weareinternational.org.uk

Browse the festival programme by each theme to enjoy some amazing events, as well as a wealth of fiction and poetry, history, arts and science events, sports-related talks and more.

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