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

Off the Shelf

Sat. 5 October 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

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 our Hannah's top 10 picks of this year's programme.

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Helen Mort

A poet with one foot in Sheffield and another in Derbyshire, who finds inspiration at the top of hills, in ghost stories, pubs, friendship, the aftertaste of whisky, the miners' strike, and in lost love.

Yusuf Yellow

A lyricist reflecting on authenticity, masculinity, existential angst and the power of creativity, especially as expressed through rap.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.

And Other Stories

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