Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Friday, 13th October 2023 - Sunday, 29th October 2023

Various local venues and online

Off the Shelf Festival of Words, one of the most well-known and loved literary festivals in the UK, will return to Sheffield for its 32nd edition from 13- 29 October, bringing together the best of local, regional, and international literary talent for the 2023 programme of events.

Look out for events with a heritage dimension, including:

Steel City Readers: Reading for Pleasure in Sheffield 1924-1955 – Mary Grover, 21st Oct, 11:00, Millennium Gallery

Rediscovering Black Portraiture – Peter Brathwaite in conversation with Paterson Joseph, 21st Oct, 18:00, University Drama Studio

Smokedale: Sheffield in Dylan Thomas’s Filmscripts – John Goodby and Alison Twells, 23rd Oct, 18:00, Performance Lab

The Good Lion by Len Doherty – Jack Chadwick, Steven Kay, Jack Windle, Professor David Forrest, 24th Oct, 18:00, Creative Lounge

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras – Kate Fox, 26th Oct, 18:00, Millennium Gallery

The Little Mesters – Peter Machan, 27th Oct, 12:30, Millennium Gallery

The Women Who Made Modern Economics – Rachel Reeves In Conversation with Professor Sarah Brown, 28th Oct, 19:30, Firth Hall

Repairing the Past: on We Slaves of Suriname – Mitchell Esajas, Tessa Leuwsha and Kehinde Andrews, 29th Oct, 12:30, Millennium Gallery

On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe – Caroline Dodds Pennock in conversation with Désirée Reynolds, 29th Oct, 15:00, Millennium Gallery

Normal Women – Philippa Gregory, 29th Oct, 18:00, Firth Hall