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About Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf Festival will take place from 7 - 28 October 2017

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A tale of one city ... our city

Sheffield – a free spirit, curious with a warm heart and a northern soul.  Off the Shelf – a festival bursting with innovation – creative, sassy, steely, authentic and alive.  At Off the Shelf you will meet great writers, historians, artists, scientists, journalists, musicians. You can listen, question, create, discover some secrets…   From the Crucible Theatre to a friendly real ale pub expect a great atmosphere, a warm welcome and a chance to immerse yourself in the best of the written and spoken work. Experience literature as live as it gets – no retakes, no edits, no second chances.  Hear it as it happens in Sheffield this autumn – be part of the story and live the word.  

Off the Shelf - It Makes You Think

Become a Sponsor

Off the Shelf offers a range of sponsorship packages priced from £1,000 upwards.  Please see the How to Sponsor page for more information or contact the festival team at  Tel. 0114 273 4400

Become a Sponsor

Become a Friend

Becoming a Friend of Off the Shelf costs only £20 per year and offers a number of benefits including a one week priority booking period for the autumn festival, a buy one get one free offer on a major event, regular updates, a prize draw for signed books and more.

Become a Friend

Festival Archive

Off the Shelf is one of the UK's largest and most popular literary festivals and has continued to grow and develop over the past 23 years.  Visit our archive to take a look at some of our events from previous festivals. 

Festival Archives