October 9, 2014 by James Crossley
Running from 11 October – 1 November and with some pre festival and post festival specials, the festival has grown into one of the UK’s most popular and exciting events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media. The festival offers a wide range of events for audiences of all ages including author events, workshops, debate, exhibitions, talks, poetry, competitions and more.
This year’s festival includes events with Kirsty Wark, Allan Ahlberg, Arne Dahl, Yotam Ottolenghi, Paul Merton, Wendy Cope, John Lydon, Viv Albertine, Julian Cope, John Julius Norwich, Patience Agbabi, Digby Jones, Alan Johnson, Viv Groskop and Francesca Martinez to name just a few.
Part of Off the Shelf is Ideas Alive which are talks given by staff from the University of Sheffield and held at the Showroom cinema. They…
take place either in Showroom 5 or the Cafe from 5.45-6.45pm.They are free to attend and there’s no need to book (places subject to availability).
And the talks this year include…
Thurs 23 Oct James Crossley, School of English, ‘Harnessing Chaos: The Bible in English Political Discourse since 1968′
A look at what people think the Bible ‘really means’ in English politics and culture since the 1960s
…as well as (among others)…
Mon 13 Oct Tim Shephard ‘Echoing Helicon: Music, Art and Identity in the Este Studioli’
A look at how despotic rulers of Rennaissance Italy used the arts to create an illusion of power, virtue and cultivation.
Fri 17 Oct Emma Briant, Department of Journalism Studies, ‘Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change’
An account of Anglo-American attempts to adapt propaganda strategies to a post-9/11 global media environment
Mon 20 Oct Graham Williams, School of English, ‘A Study of the Letters of Joan and Maria Thynne 1575-1611‘
A study of familiar letters written by two aristocratic women in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England
Weds 29 Oct Katherine Ebury, School of English, ‘Modernism and Cosmology: Absurd Lights’
A look at Yeats, Joyce and Beckett and how literature might be influenced by science and vice versa
Fri 31 Oct David Forrest, Film Studies, ‘Social Realism: Art, Nationhood and Politics’
A talk about Social Realism in cinema from 1930s Night Mail to Shane Meadows