Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Text in The City

Off the Shelf Festival of Words festival is one of the best known festivals in the UK. Over the years it has introduced a series of commissioned poems from lead writers, and is responsible for the Text in The City initiative – mounting poems in public places.

To celebrate this unique legacy as part of the 30th anniversary year celebrations, Off the Shelf has compiled a series of videos and audio recordings of these poems with a mix of well known actors and writers and community members from Sheffield, who perform and recite the poems that can be seen in the city today.

A montage has been drawn from the films and audio versions of the poems selected, that is released today and available to be seen on the current website. Over the coming weeks Off the Shelf will release films of four of the poems being performed and audio of the remaining five in their entirety.

View Text in the City Featured Poems

Brought to you by
University of Sheffield
Supported by
Arts Council England Sheffield Hallam University

Sponsor Off the Shelf

Introduce your company to 29,000 book lovers.

Become a sponsor

Our friends @SheffieldGenCem has commissioned author @nikperring to write a children’s book about the Cemetery and… https://t.co/wF43p1bajP


Too cold for an outdoor swim today? Why not immerse yourself in the wonderful world of wild swimming/watery wildlif… https://t.co/MXtMJhrdLf


'Out on the wiley, windy moors We'd roll and fall in green' It's certainly windy out there but you can immerse your… https://t.co/FYYAALnwU0

Tell us what you think

Event feedback form