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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Off the Shelf picks

Off the Shelf Festival of Words returns for its 30th edition in 2021, to celebrate books, words and ideas from local and international writers, poets and journalists, honouring our past, present and future with empowering and thought-provoking events.

Running from 15 to 31 October 2021, this year's festival activity will take place both online and in person, with events in Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley.

As part of this year's programme, Off the Shelf is celebrating the Peak District's 70th anniversary. They've also compiled a series of videos and audio recordings of poems performed by actors, writers and community members from Sheffield commissioned over the years for Text in The City, an initiative that mounts poems in public places. You'll be able to experience these on the festival's website, as well as a series of podcast talks by academics from The University of Sheffield. All events have disabled access and a few of them are family-friendly.

We've put together our top 10 picks for Off the Shelf 2021. Scroll down for what’s still to come in our picks, and see or listen to the full programme online for much, much more.

Written by Raluca De Soleil.