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.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, supporters and partners who are helping us to deliver a diverse programme for audiences across the region.

Delivered by: University of Sheffield
Supported by: Arts Council England. Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield City Council.
Partners: New Dutch Writing. Sheffield Theatres Trust. Cast. The Civic Barnsley. Rotherham Theatres.

Festival team
Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director
Sara Unwin, Festival Manager & Co-ordinator for University of Sheffield
Maria de Souza & Lesley Webster, Festival curators
Ashley Barnes, Festival Co-ordinator for Sheffield Hallam University

Thanks also to:
Blackwell’s, Festival book sales
Modern Culture
Kitty Turner, K Turner Sounds
Vivid Creative

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