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

Off the Shelf picks

Autumn in Sheffield is pretty much synonymous with literary delights, as Off the Shelf hosts three weeks packed with talks and readings from world renowned authors and poets, famous folk off the telly, and a few knowledgable locals.

Each year, the Festival of Words absorbs audiences in topics ranging from pop music to politics, fine art to feminism. This year's programme is centred largely around two themes: working class voices, and the environment. It'll also welcome to town the likes of David Baddiel, Jack Monroe and Geoge Alagiah, share accounts of Sheffield's Windrush pioneers, tell the story of punk icon Poly Styrene, and present spoken word performances from local young people alongside Vanessa Kisuule.

Read on for what's still to come from our Hannah's top 10 picks of this year's programme – and see the rest on the Off the Shelf website.