David Mitchell
Acclaimed Author of Cloud Atlas in Conversation

Monday 1 September at 7.30pm

Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, S1

Tickets £10 / £8 (concessions)  Crucible Theatre Box Office Tel. 0114 249 6000

David Mitchell was described in the Independent as ‘one of the most brilliantly inventive writers in this or any country’ Chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, his multi award winning novels include Number9Dream, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.  His novel Cloud Atlas won many awards including Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and made into a film starring Tom Hanks in 2013.  His stunning new novel is Bone Clocks, a kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life. 

‘The most audacious, thrilling and, above all, entertaining young British novelist there is ‘—William Skidelsky -  Observer 

In collaboration with Sheffield Theatres

Welcome to Off the Shelf Festival of Words

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

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 readings, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, talks, walks, poetry, competitions and more. 

Guests last year included Roddy Doyle, Kate Adie, Pam Ayres, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Paul Morley, Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Lucy Worsley, Chuck Palahniuk, Walter Mosley, Jung Chang, Sally Gardner, Dan Snow, Steve Peters to name just a few.

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We do hope that you were 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

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