Sheffield and English

Sheffield is a culturally rich city with a plethora of connections to literature and language, and everything that comes with it.

A large crowd facing a stage at a previous Off The Shelf event

Festival of the Mind

Every year, the University of Sheffield hosts Festival of the Mind, breaking down the barriers of academia and hosting free events in the city showcasing the latest breakthroughs in research in collaboration with creatives from across the city, featuring multiple academics from the School of English.

The following academics from the School of English were involved in Festival of the Mind 2022:

Sheffield Theatres

Home to the largest theatre complex in the UK outside of London, Sheffield Theatres comprises of three theatres: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse, all of which host a variety of in-house and touring productions.

Sheffield Theatres


Sheffield DocFest is the largest documentary festival in the UK and the third largest in the world, annually showcasing film screenings, interactive and virtual reality exhibitions and talks & seminars in June every year.

Sheffield DocFest

Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf Festival of Words takes place in the city every October, attracting many media and literary figures, such as journalists, broadcasters, poets and authors to the city. Off the Shelf is also one of the largest celebrations of reading and writing in the country, hosting talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Off the Shelf

Cinemas in Sheffield

Sheffield is home to multiple independent cinemas which show everything from indie films to the latest blockbusters. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Showroom Workstation: A large independent cinema, café, bar, creative workspace and unique cultural hub situated in the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter.
  • The Curzon: Curzon are a small group of cinemas specialising in art house films, with a three-screen cinema in Sheffield city centre.
  • Abbeydale Picture House: Located inside a building that's over 100 years old, Abbeydale Picture House is a Grade II listed building currently being renovated, but still hosts occasional film-related events.
  • Film Unit: Housed inside our award-winning students' union, Film Unit are the oldest student film society in the whole of the UK.

Sheffield Guide to Arts and Culture

We've also created our own Sheffield Arts and Culture Guide that you might find useful - feel free to take a look!

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