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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

Magnificent Blackpool Winter Gardens

Monday 24 November at 7pm

Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, S1

Tickets £7.50/£6 (cons) from Showroom Box Office Tel. 0114 275 7727 

This beautifully illustrated talk explores the history of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens from their opening in 1878 to the present day.  They are the most amazing winter gardens in the world and their scale and architectural richness provide a vibrant entertainment experience for audience and performers.  Over the years holiday makers enjoyed concert parties, ballroom dancing and international stars of radio, stage and screen including Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, Peter Kay and Frank Sinatra. 


In collaboration with the University of Sheffield Public Engagement with Research Team – Gold Sponsor 

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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