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

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Arts Council England Sheffield Hallam University

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So pleased you are reading Kylie. It’s going to be a wonderful event. Also taking part @HelenMort Debjani Chatterje… https://t.co/vvHOv2Pe2n


'O travellers from somewhere else to here Rising from Sheffield Station and Sheaf Square To wander through the laby… https://t.co/aRroQrY1dk


Happy birthday to them! We are holding a 10 years of publishing party with them during the festival. Details here… https://t.co/kBPV7UiE6r


We are so looking forward to our event with @thesailorsgirl at Off the Shelf on 30 October. Congratulations to Nadi… https://t.co/ZZLbcOWunW

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