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.

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Joyous to watch Sheffield Poet Laureate @warda_ahy read today in London for @englishpen #EnglishPen100 at their eve… https://t.co/yIRvGSM3qY


We are so looking forward to it too. Tickets selling fast ! https://t.co/FrGqnQab8y


What a privilege to hear the incredible Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speak last night at the Royal Festival Hall for Co… https://t.co/9VH8uOWlDV


Fantastic to be at the Southbank London for the opening night of Common Currency celebrating 100 years of the wonde… https://t.co/aU0vccVcPz


This week's Text in The City is #CarolAnnDuffy's 'Hand in Hand' performed by the wonderful @nadiapyramid 🤝 Though… https://t.co/HlpRPG4sJF

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