Our talented academics at Off the Shelf

Our academic colleagues are set to share their work with brand new audiences at Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival of words.

Sharron Hinchliff Chris Stride

Running from 7-28 October 2018, Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary festivals in the UK, curated jointly by our University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Every year, the festival brings some of the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield and we’re excited to see so many of our University’s experts on the programme.

From the Charlotte Bronte to religious debate and radicalism, discover the pioneering work of talented colleagues throughout the festival.

Our colleagues on the programme

Ideas Alive at 5.45

Nine academics from departments across our University will give a fascinating insight into their areas of expertise in this mini-series of free talks during the festival.

All Ideas Alive events

Taking place at DINA, Cambridge Street, it's a great opportunity to find out what talented colleagues have been working on.

Ideas Alive is sponsored by our University's Public Engagement Team.

We met up with two colleagues on the Ideas Alive programme to hear about their work.

Wednesday 11 October, 5.45 - Dr Sharron Hinchliff, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sex, intimacy and older adults

Attend Sex, intimacy and older adults

Thursday 19 October, 5.45 - Dr Chris Stride, Department of Work Psychology

Around the world in eight football statues

Attend Around the world in eight football statues

Monday 9 October - Dr Amber Regis

Charlotte Brontë’s Face, 7.00pm Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery

Dr Amber Regis from our School of English will explore public intrigue surrounding the life and works of Charlotte Brontë. Tracing Brontë’s journey from anonymous author to a household name, Dr Regis’ talk uncovers the real person behind the literary phenomenon.

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Tuesday 10 October - Professor Angie Hobbs

Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral

Our Department of Philosophy launch Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide, as part of the God and the Good series at Sheffield Cathedral.

At the event, our Professor for the Public Understanding of Philosophy, Angie Hobbs will join a panel of fellow experts to discuss positive solutions to the clash between the religious and the secular in society. Professor Hobbs is renowned across the country for her expertise in championing the application of philosophy to social issues. This event will be followed by an audience debate.

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Thursday 12 October - Professor Tim Birkhead

The Wonderful Mr Willughby, 6.00pm, Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery

In this illustrated talk, Professor Tim Birkhead from our Department of Animal and Plant Sciences explores the life and work of a fellow ornithologist Francis Willughby, who lived in the midst of the scientific revolution of the 17th century and set a new standard for the way birds and natural history should be studied.

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Thursday 12 October, Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Into the woods: Clinton Woods, 7pm, Clinton Woods In conversation with Professor Vanessa and biographer Mark Turley, Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, our University’s Director of City and Cultural Engagement, joins former world light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods to hear his gripping life story in this discussion.

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Saturday 14 October, Dr Gary Rivett

Stories of Activism, 1.00pm Winter Garden

Our Department of History’s Dr Gary Rivett is working alongside partners in Museums Sheffield to explore the rich history of activism in our city. Join this informal drop-in session with your own stories of activism to contribute to the project.

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Thursday 19 October - Professor Mike Braddick

Radicalism in the English Revolution, 7.00pm, Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery

The civil war that ripped England apart in the 17th century was one of the most devastating conflicts in its history. Professor Mike Braddick’s talk explores what it was like to live through a time of terrifying violence, religious fervour and radical politics.

Mike also curated Off the Shelf festival's Radicalism strand.

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Saturday 28 October - Professor Colin Holmes

Searching for Lord Haw-Haw, 11.00am, Showroom Cinema

Join Professor Emeritus of History Colin Holmes from our Department of History for a compelling talk on his research into William Joyce, a notorious British fascist who became a radio propagandist for the Nazis.

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Saturday 28 October, various staff and students

Route 57, 3pm Raynor Lounge at our University

Route 57 is the University of Sheffield’s creative writing journal featuring work from students, staff and alumni. Hear some of the contributors to Edition 13 read their work. Ticket price includes a copy of the latest issue of the anthology.

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Saturday 28 October, Dr Anna Barton

Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century, 6.00pm, Studio at our University Students’ Union

Why does Victorian literature so often describe the act of reading? Dr Anna Barton from our School of English is joined by Professor Andrew Smith to explore the representation of the Victorian reader in fiction and poetry.share a unique perspective on the figure of the Victorian reader, exploring how literature transformed an entire culture.

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Festival Fringe - Sheffield Confucius Institute Family event

Our Confucius Institute perform Journey to the West - adventures on the silk road; Saturdays during the festival (7, 14, 21, 28 October at 1pm - various locations around Sheffield

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