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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 features maths teacher turned stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, designer Orla Kiely, queen of crime Val McDermid, The Slits' guitarist Viv Albertine, Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh, journalist Robert Peston, comedian Susan Calman, Unexplained podcast host Richard MacLean Smith, and tons more.

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.