Off the Shelf Festival of Words

That's a wrap!

We’ve asked Alexa ‘what is there to know about love?’ with Brian Bilston; we’ve talked how to stop fascism with Paul Mason; followed a Biography of a Fly through Sheffield’s poster trail; learned a useful history of Britain with Professor Michael Braddick; talked to Bunnyman Will Sergeant; heard a Manifesto On Never Giving Up with Bernardine Evaristo; read The Queer Bible with Jack Guinness; discovered Hidden Voices in Sheffield with Désirée Reynolds and Cheryl Bailey; joined Andy Hamilton as he talked about his (entirely handwritten) novel Longhand; banged pots and pans with Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives for Pip Jones’ Izzy Gizmo; celebrated Black Women Write Now with Désirée Reynolds; dove into the David Blunkett Archive; heard about the extraordinary life of Miriam Margolyes. 

We’ve celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Peak District with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s ’70 Notices’; sung sea shanties with Old Time Sailors, dispensed short stories at the touch of a button; walked with Little Amal; and…

And so much more that we couldn’t possibly include it all here.

It’s been a fantastic festival and a fitting celebration for our 30th edition.

From all of us at Off the Shelf, thank you. 

P.s. We’re not leaving you so soon! We’ll be back in October 2022 with yet more in-person events… as well as some online content in the meantime! Watch this space and follow us on Twitter @OTSFestival for updates.

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

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