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Off the Shelf Festival of Words
15-31 October 2021

V15770 Off The Shelf 30 Years

Brought to you by the University of Sheffield

Off the Shelf Festival of Words is one of the UK's best known festivals, celebrating it's 30th edition this year!

Off the Shelf 2021 features a brilliant, varied mix of events with everything from prizewinning fiction to pertinent politics, Queer culture and iconic 80s music, comedy, history and magnificent memoirs. The festival will take place both live in real venues and online, with guests including Bernardine Evaristo, Ed Milliband, Nick Hayes, Miriam Margolyes and many more.

Explore the full festival programme here.

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Featured event:
Paul Mason - How to Stop Fascism

Fri, 15 October, 7:30pm

Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN


Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and film-maker Paul Mason powerfully presents the threat of fascism riding to power on the back of modern-day regimes.

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Our stories

Desiree Reynolds Writing From The Richest Of Places

Desiree Reynolds has curated the Black Women Write Now strand of this year’s Off The Shelf Festival of Words, which captures the essence of Toni Morrison’s proclamation that being a black woman writer is not a shallow place, but a rich place to write from.