Off the Shelf- Festival of Words Sheffield

谢菲尔德“走出书架”- 文字读写节

Off the Shelf Festival of Words, one of the largest literary festivals in the UK, organised by Sheffield City Council and held normally in October every year, offers 200 diverse literary events to all ages.

Sheffield Confucius Institute, as a participating organisation, has consecutively taken part in the Festival for 10 years.

In October 2017, we are to hold a storytelling event:

Journey to the West- Overcome 81 Battles on the Silk Road

Time: Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 7th October 2017
Venue: Central Children’s Library, Sheffield S1 1XZ.

Open to children aged 7-14 years old.
Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or responsible carer.
FREE Admission and no need to book in advance.


  • Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 14th October at Highfield Library, Sheffield S2 4NF.
  • Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 21st October at Chapeltown Library, Sheffield S35 1AE.
  • Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 28th October at Stocksbridge Library, Sheffield S36 1DH.
  • Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 28th October at Firth Park Library, Sheffield S5 6QQ.
  • Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, 28th October at Crystal Peaks Library, SheffieldS20 7PH.

Monkey KingThe China’s favourite Monkey King is “taking” us to a Journey to the West. Possessing supernatural Daoist skills, the Monkey, with 3 other pilgrims, accompany the Monk Tang to get Buddhist scriptures from India. The journey of actions captivates us with his bravery, courage, loyalty and wisdom.

The story is based on an actual journey undertaken by a monk Tang Xuanzang in the 7th century across the western China and Central Asia to India, to bring the original Buddhist scriptures back to China. Fictionalized in the 16th century, Journey to the West, one of the greatest classical Chinese novels, depicts a fantasy adventure: the Monkey King, along with three other pilgrims - Pigsy, Monk Sha and White Dragon Horse - overcome 81 calamities in the form of supernatural phenomena, accompanying the Monk to reach the goal.

Born from a stone egg, the Monkey progresses to a King and achieves supernatural Daoist skills. Mischievously, causing havoc to both heaven and the underworld, the Monkey is incarcerated beneath the Mountain of the Five Elements by the Buddha. Only released by the Monk Tang, he embarks on a journey of actions and spiritual lessons, showing his loyalty and wisdom.

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