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

In the Chair: How to Guide Groups and Manage Meetings with Andrew Green

Tuesday 23 September at 7pm

Creative Lounge, Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield 1

Tickets £5 from Showroom Box Office  Tel 0114 275 7727

In the Chair is a practical, up-to-date and comprehensive guide to how to become the successful Chair of any body, whether it’s the organisation you work for, a community group or charity, a public or company Board.  What qualities and skills do you need?  How should you approach your group and its members?  How should you prepare for and conduct meetings?  How do you arrive at decisions and cope with difficult situations and people?

Andrew Green offers invaluable advice on chairing formal Boards and working with Chief Executives, as well as how to approach special kinds of meeting, including formal and public meetings, conferences, appointment panels and more. 

Andrew M. Green was the librarian at the National Library of Wales and previously at the University of Sheffield.  He is a member of numerous bodies including the Society of College, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Wales (President) and the Welsh Committee of the British Council.  

 “An excellent guide for those who perform that most under-rated and important of roles: chairing a group.”  –Robert Peston, BBC Economics Editor

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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