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 first online event goes live tonight at 5pm! Join winners of @poetrybusiness New Poets Prize @HodgsonWrites… https://t.co/Hf64cutH4R


Don’t forget there are tickets for sale on the door for all our weekend events!


Last performance of the day for the Sheffield ramblers. Thanks to those who came along to listen 🎶 #OTSFest https://t.co/rJOfuqdJOU


Delighted to be joined by @JaapRobben and @taraktobler for Summer Brother, part of our opening weekend for #OTSFest… https://t.co/2jiXexrWB5


We are in Tudor Square today to celebrate 70 years of @peakdistrict with special choir performances and a mini ramb… https://t.co/HHZrbtE910


We’re looking forward to welcoming @JaapRobben to #OTSFest at 1pm for International @TheBookerPrizes longlisted Sum… https://t.co/rj5KLGYj5V

Tell us what you think

Event feedback form