Off the Shelf: Alive After Five picks

Off the Shelf returns to the city centre next week on 6 - 27 October for three weeks of events, workshops and more as part of Sheffield's festival of words, curated jointly by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

We're so excited for some of the fantastic events coming up that we thought we'd share our top 10 with you now!

You can find out loads more on Off the Shelf at, and by using #OTSfest on Twitter and Instagram.

How to Give Up Plastic: Will McCallum, Foundry, University of Sheffield Students' Union, 8 October, 6pm, £6-£8

Did you know that one rubbish truck of plastic enters the ocean every minute? As Head of Oceans at Greenpeace and spokesperson for its anti-plastic campaign, join Will McCallum as he talks through the practical changes we can all make to reduce plastics in everyday life. Tickets here.

Frankenstein: The First 200 Years, Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 10 October, 7pm, £7-£9

As the festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, join Christopher Frayling as he explores the various adaptations of her creation: on screen, stage, in novels, comics and in adverts. Tickets here.

Can We All Be Feminists?: Soofiya Andry and Selina Thompson, Theatre Deli, 12 October, 8:30pm, £6-£8

Join artist and designer Soofiya Andry as she discusses her essay ‘Deviant Bodies’ – gender non-conforming, bodies and feminism are just a few of the topics explored by the 17 writers featured in the novel that seeks to find the right way forward for feminism. Tickets here.

Desert Island Reads: Jamie Campbell, Crucible Theatre 15 October, 7pm, £8/£10

Subject of BBC Three’s documentary, ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’ and inspiration behind the award-winning musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (which is now being made into a feature film by locals Warp Films), Jamie Campbell talks about his favourite books, his journey so far, and what’s next for him. Tickets here.

Tom J Newell, Sheffield Institute of Arts, 15 October, 7:30pm, £5-£7

Having exhibited around the world producing intricately hand-drawn illustrations, Tom J Newell uses traditional methods of mark-making. He’ll discuss his artwork for the festival’s campaign and reflect on how some of his favourite books have influenced his own work. Tickets here.

Route 57: Loco-Motion, Sheffield Tap, 17 October, 7pm, £5-£7

Hear contributors to the University of Sheffield’s creative writing journal, Route 57, read from issue 14, which is titled ‘Loco-Motion’ and is in collaboration with the Railway Cultures Project at the National Railway Museum in York. Tickets here.

Eat Up!: Ruby Tandoh, Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 19 October, 7pm, £7-£9

Catch Great British Bake Off finalist, Ruby Tandoh dispelling fad diets, food crazes and bad sciences as she talks about her book, ‘Eat Up!’. Brimming with advice on everything, from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, Ruby will help you fall back in love with food. Tickets here.

WTF: Robert Peston, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, 22 October, 7:30pm, £9-£11

Join journalist, presenter and founder of education charity ‘Speakers for Schools’ Robert Peston as he discusses his book ‘WTF’, which takes on all the biggest issues of the present day. From Brexit, to social mobility, Grenfell, and Trump and loads more, this is one not to miss. Tickets here.

Iain Sinclair and M. John Harrison, The Printhouse, 21/23 North Church Street, 24 October, 7:30pm, £5-£7

M. John Harrison will read from his first collection of short fiction, ‘You Should Come With Me Now’, crossing boundaries between horror, sci-fi, fantasy and travel writing. Iain Sinclair will discuss ‘The Last London’, the final chapter in his life-long odyssey through the streets of London town. Tickets here.

Running for My Life: Rachel Cullen and Dare To Tri: Louise Minchin, Hallam Hall, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 26 October, 7pm, £6-£8

Authors Rachel Cullen and Louise Minchin met through their mutual love of sport (in particular running), and both will talk through their books that portray journeys toward the unexpected that have in the process, changed their lives completely. Cullen’s ‘Running For My Life’ tells of her journey from non-runner to London Marathon finisher and all the struggles along the way, and Minchin’s ‘Dare to Tri’ sees Louise go from the Breakfast Time sofa to representing GB at the World Triathlon Championships. Tickets here.