Here’s what some of our great guests have been saying

So it’s been a fabulous festival so far – here’s what some of our great guests have been saying…

Robert Webb comments about his experience talking at Off the Shelf Festival 2017 about his new book, How Not To Be A Boy:

“You made it really easy for me doing two events – both were really slick and well organised. I had some great questions and I’ve really enjoyed it here in Sheffield.”


George Monbiot spoke to a packed theatre at Sheffield Hallam University about his book, Out Of The Wreckage. Here’s what George had to say about Off the Shelf’s hometown:

“Sheffield is my favourite English city. People here are politically and culturally engaged and I can converse with people here more than anywhere else in Britain.”

“It is a friendly place and I have good experiences. Audiences are always so enthusiastic and this is what I call a festival. I love the physical presence of the city – the green fingers that reach out and the wild nature alongside the industrial archeology. I love the fact you can look up and see hills.”

Kate Summerscale spoke at Off the Shelf’s crime weekend about her latest book, The Wicked Boy. Here’s what the acclaimed crime writer said about the festival:

“I like that Off the Shelf is doing a crime weekend. It seemed fun to be doing a crime writing day looking at the factual and the historical.”

“I enjoy festivals as it is a real contrast to the intense research I do for my novels, spending much of my time in libraries or writing at home It’s really good to talk to readers. I also like the fact that Off the Shelf is in the north as there are so many literary festivals in the south.”

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