Welcome to Off the Shelf Festival of Words

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

It ran 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.

This year’s festival included 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 enjoyed the Festival 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

Wioletta Greg

Monday 9 March at 8pm

The Fusion. University of Sheffield Union of Students, Western Bank, Sheffield 1

Tickets £4/£3 (cons) online at or at their box office at Western Bank, S102TG in person or on the night subject to availability


Poet, writer and translator from Southern Poland, Wioletta Greg  will be talking about her new collection Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance. Wioletta has published several volumes of poetry, a collection of short prose poems and, most recently, her novel Guguly which has which has already been hailed as the "discovery of the year" by critics and readers alike.  Her new collection uses true stories from her own family annals -  a literary journey through the last century, from Poland at the outbreak of the First World War, life under Communism and liberation, to present day Britain and life as a migrant.  Wioletta will be accompanied by her translator and the event will be in Polish and English. 

This event is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in Polish literature, poetry fans and history buffs alike, an unmissable chance to witness a new perspective on key events of the last century and to enjoy the Polish language. 

The event is Supported by University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


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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