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Off the Shelf picks

Autumn in Sheffield is pretty much synonymous with literary delights, as Off the Shelf Festival of Words hosts three weeks packed with conversations, readings and workshops from authors, poets, journalists and screenwriters of global and local renown.

Each year, Off the Shelf absorbs audiences in topics ranging from pop music to politics, fine art to feminism. This year's programme will mainly be online with a mix of free pre-recorded events and ticketed live streams. There’ll also be a small number of in-person events with limited capacity at the Octagon and the Crucible – and even a drive-in poetry night at Kenwood Hall Hotel!

Scroll down for our top picks of the Off the Shelf 2020 programme. Other big names on the lineup include: Lee Child, Susie Dent, Stuart Maconie, Nazir Afzal, Laura Wade, and Nikesh Shukla – click here to see the full programme. Tickets on sale from 14 September.

If you can, please show your support and appreciation for Off the Shelf by donating to its fundraiser.