About

Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary festivals in the UK. Every year we bring the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield.

Previous festivals have included appearances by Hilary Mantel, Levison Wood, Kate Adie, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, David Mitchell, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, Nick Hornby, Simon Armitage, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tony Robinson, Sandi Toksvig, John Pilger, the Hairy Bikers, Jamie Oliver, Owen Jones and Ian Rankin – to name just a few.

Since 1991, we have established ourselves as one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Sheffield. Our core mission is to bring literature and the arts to all parts of the community.

Our programme of events is curated jointly by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, the only UK literature festival to be run in this way.

We are supported by Arts Council England and our 2019 associate partners are Sheffield City Region Hospitality, The Moor, Sheffield Hallam University Institute for Policy Studies, The Prokhorov Centre University of Sheffield, University of Sheffield Library, Sheffield BID, South Street Kitchen, True North and Alumno, Beton House. If you would like more information on our associate partners please go to http://bit.ly/otspartners.

2019 Brochure PDF available here

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