Stars join line-up of Sheffield words festival

EDITORIAL USE ONLY'Peter Hook on the Main Stage during Vintage At Goodwood in Chichester, West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 15, 2010. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
EDITORIAL USE ONLY'Peter Hook on the Main Stage during Vintage At Goodwood in Chichester, West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 15, 2010. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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A STAR-STUDDED line-up awaits Sheffield as the city prepares for its annual celebration of the written word.

Television personality and writer Sandy Toksvig, musician Peter Hook, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and actor Richard Wilson are just some of the great and good taking part in this year’s Off the Shelf festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the three-week long event, which starts on Saturday, October 13.

Now in its 21st year, Off the Shelf - sponsored by The Star - will see literary talks, writer’s workshops, meet the author events and children’s activities taking place at more than 80 venues across the city.

Tickets for all events can be purchased through The Arena Ticket Shop, from Sheffield Theatres Box Office and City Hall Box Office, online, by telephone or in person.

To download the official programme for the festival, with details of all the events, visit www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/off-the-shelf/programme

n Monday, October 8: Sandy Toksvig brings her My Valentine! show to The Crucible.

n Monday, October 15: Local writers also get the chance to shine at the festival. Jamie Woodhead, aged 23, of Parson Cross, whose autism inspired a love of books, will speak about novel The Reaper at Southey library.

n Tuesday, October 16: Peter Hook in Conversation will see the legendary bassist discuss Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division at Sheffield University Students’ Union.

n Friday, October 26: The Star’s Retro editor Nancy Fielder will give an insight into the newspaper’s 125-year history at Weston Park Museum. The event is free and people are invited to bring along memorabilia fom the city’s past.

n Thursday, November 1: Neil Anderson talks about his books Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Sheffield and Shopaholics Guide to 1970s Sheffield at Chapeltown library.