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.

Off the Shelf Festival of Words is brought to you by the University of Sheffield. We are supported by Arts Council England and Sheffield Hallam University, our 2020 associate partners are Sheffield Hallam University Institute for Policy Studies and Sheffield Property Association.

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