Off the Shelf festival of words - ideas alive at 5:45

We are looking for speakers to take part in the ideas alive at 5:45 series, which is part of Off the Shelf festival of words.

Ideas Alive at 5:45 is a series of ten free public talks publicised within the Off the Shelf programme, 10-31 October 2020. It is a prestigious opportunity to engage publics with your research in a short talk and question and answer session. Events are well attended and all events are supported and led by a member of the public engagement team.


We encourage applications from all faculties and the talks will be represent the diversity of research at the University. As Off the Shelf is a literary festival, we would encourage your talk to be based on a recent book or publication.


  • 45 minute talk with 15 minutes of questions and discussion
  • There is provision for powerpoint slides but not for films or audio
  • The format is not suitable for panel discussions.

Events normally take place off campus, and these have previously been Ambulo (Millennium Gallery) and Cafe W (Waterstones, Orchard Sq). At the moment, we are planning for a physical festival to take place but would also like speakers to prepare for the potential that this may become an online event. Selected speakers will need to prepare a podcast and presentation to cover both eventualities.

If you are interested in taking part please complete the short form by 5pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

Public engagement festivals at the University