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Welcome to Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Sheffield's Off the Shelf Festival of Words is 23 this year!

Running from 11 October – 1 November and with some pre festival and post festival specials, the festival has grown into one of the UK’s most popular and exciting events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media. The festival offers a wide range of events for audiences of all ages including author events, workshops, debate, exhibitions, talks, , poetry, competitions and more.

This year’s festival includes events with Kirsty Wark, Allan Ahlberg, Arne Dahl, Yotam Ottolenghi, Paul Merton, Wendy Cope, John Lydon, Viv Albertine, Julian Cope, John Julius Norwich, Patience Agbabi, Digby Jones, Alan Johnson, Viv Groskop and Francesca Martinez to name just a few.  We do hope that you are able to enjoy an Off the Shelf event this year.

“By far and away one of the best festivals in the UK” Clara Wormersley Random House

“One of the most pleasant and enjoyable festivals I have attended – and I’ve been to one or two.” Sir Michael Parkinson

Viv Albertine

The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S1

Tickets £8/£6.50 (cons) from Students’ Union Box Office www.sheffieldunion.com or in person Tickets available on the night (subject to availability) 

After forming The Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious in 1976, Viv Albertine joined The Slits and made musical history as one of the first generation of punk bands who changed music and the discourse around it, forever.  Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys tells the story of what it was like to be a girl at the height of punk: the sex, the drugs, the guys, the tours.  This highly acclaimed memoir is an unflinching account of a life lived on the frontiers of experience, by a true pioneer. 

 

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Rhyme and Reason

Rhyme and Reason will provide bookstalls at festival events.  If you are unable to attend an event in person, Rhyme and Reason can organised signed copies for you.  Tel. 0114 266 1950 or e-mail enquiries@rhyme-reason.co.uk