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'A Sonnet for Sheffield' - by Warda Yassin

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Event Review: Women of Steel

Kathleen Roberts, Kit Sollitt, Ruby Gascgoine and Dorothy Slingsby are the names of four remarkable women whose stories deserve to be heard.

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Event Review: It’s not about the Burqa

Off the Shelf’s ‘It's not about the Burqa’ offered a brilliant insight into the book of the same name, which brings together...

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Off the Shelf Tier 3 statement (22.10.20)

In line with other cultural venues across the Sheffield City Region, we are pleased to confirm that this weekend’s Off the Shelf live in-person events at the Octa

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Thank you to our 2019 Associate Partners

We are delighted to announce our Associate Sponsors for the 2019 Off the Shelf literary festival

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Tickets on sale 30 August

We are delighted to announce that the brochure for Off the Shelf and tickets for 2019 will be released for general sale on 30 August.

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Blog: Developing a healthy mind

A blog post about Running for My Life and Dare to Tri

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Blog: Slow Travel in the Peak District

A blog post about Slow Travel in the Peak District.

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2019 Northern Book Prize – Judges announced

Sarah Moss (author of The Tidal Zone) and Fiona Mozley (Man Booker shortlisted author of Elmet) as judges for the 2019 Northern Book Prize.

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Evan Davis, Post Truth – 11 October

Evan Davis presented his talk about his book to a packed Octagon auditorium on 11 October and then took some challenging questions from the audience.

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Gina Miller, Rise – Tuesday 9 October

We welcomed Gina Miller to Off the Shelf on Tuesday 9 October. Interviewed by broadcaster and writer, Paul Allen, Gina talked through key messages from her book.

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Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein

From the stage to the page don't miss Award Winning Playwright Hattie Naylor's latest adaptation.

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Opening Weekend

As the festival gets underway, we wanted to share some highlights from our opening weekend.

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Women’s Suffrage Tour of Sheffield

On 6th February 1918, after decades of struggle, the Representation of the People Act finally gave the vote to some women – specifically those over the age of 30

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Flying High!

Rebecca Truman launched the Circus strand of the festival on Saturday 6 October with her fascinating illustrated in conversation event on about her book.

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Orla Kiely Event Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the event with Orla Kiely on Thursday 25 October at 7.30pm has been cancelled. 

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Off the Shelf film screenings

Following the success of screenings for last year's Off The Shelf, the Humanities department at Sheffield Hallam University have curated another trio of films.

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Associate Partner – The Moor

Find out about our Associate Partner, The Moor.

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Associate Partner – Hospitality Sheffield

Find out about our Associate Partner, Hospitality Sheffield.

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Associate Partner – South Street Kitchen

Find out about our Associate Partner, South Street Kitchen.

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Associate Partner – Sheffield BID

Find out about our Associate Partner, Sheffield BID.

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Associate Partner – Daybell & Choo Opticians

Find out about our Associate Partner, Daybell & Choo Opticians.

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Our best moments from Off the Shelf 2017

It's been a fantastic year for Off the Shelf, with more people than ever before coming to our events and celebrating words and ideas.

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Student blog: Adam Kay

Our student blogger Maja reviews Adam Kay's talk about his hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking book, This Is Going to Hurt.

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A message from Brian Blessed

We asked Brian for a message to close Off the Shelf 2017. Here's what he had to say...

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Student blog: Jo Peel

Our student blogger Chandni reviews a talk by Sheffield street artist Jo Peel.

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Student blog: Lee Child

Our student blogger Arinola reviews Lee Child's talk at Off the Shelf 2017.

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Student blog: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession

Was Anne Boleyn a proto-feminist icon? Our student blogger Bridget reviews Alison Weir's talk.

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Student blog: Julianne Pachico

Our student blogger Chandni reviews a talk by author and Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Julianne Pachico.

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Student blog: Remain/Leave

Our student blogger Danielle reviews a talk by the photographer Jeremy Abrahams.

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Student blog: Robert Webb

Our student blogger Maja reviews Robert Webb's talk about the absurd expectations thrust upon boys and men.

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Student blog: Grit

Student blogger Maja McGill reviews the storytelling night at Off the Shelf 2017.

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Sara Khan — The Battle for British Islam

Sara talked about her book The Battle for British Islam to an engaged audience at Off the Shelf 2017.

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John O’Farrell at Off the Shelf 2017

John O'Farrell talks about his book Things Can Only Get Worse.

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Laurie Penny discusses some of her most influential books

Laurie spoke at Off the Shelf 2017 about her book Bitch Doctrine. She also told us about some of the books that have influenced her the most.

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Jacques Peretti speaks about his influences and his book DONE

Jacques Peretti talks about his book DONE: The Secret Deals That Are Changing Our World. He also speaks to us about books that have influenced him.

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Karl Byrne — The Science of Star Wars

Karl is a communicator of science and travels the world talking about it.

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Tim Dowling discusses his new book

Tim Dowling was discussing his new book Dad You Suck at University of Sheffield's Auditorium.

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Student blog: Jenni Murray: A History of Britain in 21 Women

Our student blogger Danielle reviews Jenni Murray's A History of Britain in 21 Women.

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