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Off the Shelf Festival of Words
14-30 October 2022

Off the Shelf Festival of Words returns to Sheffield for the 31st time. One of the largest literary festivals in the UK, this year’s Off the Shelf takes place from 14 - 30 October and will host over 80 live and online events, featuring some of the best of local, regional and international literary talent.

Visit their website to view the full line up, and check out some of the highlights below.

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Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval - Gaia Vince

Sunday 16 October, 19:30
University Drama Studio

Journalist, writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince lays bare the critical interactions of climate crisis and migration and offers radical solutions to the oncoming emergency. Terrifying in its message and urgency, but also empowering in its conviction and vision, Nomad Century presents a manifesto defining the global planning required now to address the coming upheaval in world communities through innovation in technology, diplomacy and human behaviour.

Find out more and get tickets here

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Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World - Otto English

Thursday 20 October, 19:30
University Drama Studio

A deeply researched alternative history of the world exposing some of the biggest lies ever told, from the myths of WW2 to the adventures of Columbus. Taking ten major untruths from history created by politicians, populists and the media, journalist and social commentator Otto English shows how our past has been manipulated and sets out to reclaim history from those who seek to distort it. Fake History examines what you weren’t told in school and why you weren’t taught it.

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What Just Happened?! Dispatches from Turbulent Times - Marina Hyde

Monday 24 October, 19:30
Octagon Centre

Drawn from her spectacularly funny and incisive Guardian columns, What Just Happened?! is a welcome blast of humour and sanity in a world where reality has become stranger than fiction. A joyous rallying voice in British journalism, Marina Hyde slashes her way through the hellscape and chaos of modern politics, taking on a crazy cast of Hollywood sex offenders, dastardly dukes, media barons, reality TV monsters and billionaires.

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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.