Off the Shelf Festival of Words:13th Oct – 3rd November

Off the Shelf, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, will take place between 13th October and 3rd November (although there are several events before it officially starts) and will run over 200 events in over 80 venues city-wide.

The festival will once again offer an excellent, highly charged programme of events, which brings some of the best-known names from literature and the media to Sheffield.

Some of the highlights include:

Sandi Toksvig Live! My Valentine – Crucible – 8th October

Sandi embarks stops off on her first major UK tour in years to celebrate the publication of her novel My Valentine. It promises to be an evening of wit, Anecdotes and fascinating facts.

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club – City Hall – 10th October

The cheeky monkey manages to escape his cage (a rather perplexing feet considering) to reveal which books have made his club. Nominated for the best live show at the British Comedy Awards, the show immerses its self in the murky depth of bad literature.

Steve Bell – Showroom – 13th October

The award-winning political cartoonist, and man behind the If… strip in the Guardian, presents an illustrated history of the late 20th/early 21st Century.

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division – Peter Hook in Conversation –The Auditorium -16th October

A frank, no holds barred account of the story of Joy Division from their legendary bassist. There will be no disorder, much insight and a lot of heart and soul.

Richard Wilson In conversation with John Palmer – Pennine Theatre – 17th October

Richard Wilson maybe best known for portraying a curmudgeon on screen, but the celebrated Shakespearian actor is no stranger to Sheffield. An Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, he will be talking about his life and work.

Radio Head with John Osborne – The Auditorium – 18th October

Fast on the heels if his brilliant John Peel’s Shed, John Osborne is back to take you on a journey through his month of intensive radio listening; spanning the whole gamut of the British airwaves.

Stuart Maconie – Pennine Theatre – 23rd October

As well as being a popular radio and TV presenter, columnist and all-round good egg, Stuart has written a series of excellent books about his travels around Britain. His latest, Hope and Glory, finds him in search of the people, places and events that shaped modern Britain.

The Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto -Storytelling and Music with Shonaleigh and Jo Veal – Lantern Theatre – 28th October

In the last clearing of the Warsaw Ghetto, three children find themselves on a transportation to Auschwitz and encounter the Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto…Shonaleigh, who is a Dry’syla – a Yiddish oral storyteller, teams up with Jo Veal for tonight’s piece; based on a imparted to Shonaleigh by her grandmother.

The Man Who Sold the World – David Bowie and the 1970s with Peter Doggett – Showroom – 30th October

No artist offered a more incisive portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie. Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of the artist’s most productive and inspired decade, tracing the way his music reflected and influenced the world around him.

Simon Armitage – Walking Home – The Auditorium – 1st November

Walking Home describes Armitage’s extraordinary journey along the Pennine Way, living off what he could earn as a “modern troubadour” – he paid his way with poetry; giving readings to those he met along his route.

A History of the World in Twelve Maps with Jerry Brotton – Showroom – 3rd November

This illustrated talk explores how the world was seen at twelve different points in history through twelve extraordinary maps and the minds of those who made them.

To view the full programme