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

Off the Shelf picks

One of the largest literary festivals in the UK, Off the Shelf Festival of Words returns for its 32nd edition in 2023. The festival will celebrate books, words and ideas with a chance to hear some brilliant speakers in person, some of the best-known and rising stars in writing, arts and media.

Sheffield Poet Laureate Danae Wellington and award–winning Sheffield writer Akeem Balogun have supported the festival programme. Their events champion local talent and create multi-sensorial experiences for literature lovers.

Running from 13 to 29 October, this year's festival activity will occur in person and online, with events across the city. Expect talks, films, exhibitions, performances, workshops and family events. Discounted tickets are available, and some events are free.

We've put together our top picks for Off the Shelf 2023. Visit their website for the complete programme and to book tickets. Tickets can also be booked in person from Sheffield Theatres' box office or by telephone – 0114 249 6000.

Written by Raluca de Soleil.