Wednesday 15 October 2014 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Off the Shelf presents: John Lydon

Off the Shelf presents: John Lydon

Wednesday 15 October 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Octagon, Western Bank, Sheffield. S10 2TG
Off the Shelf - Festival of Words Doors open at 7pm.

Sheffield's Annual Festival of Words

Welcome to the 23rd Off the Shelf Festival of Words, one of the most exciting book festivals in the UK attracting some of the best known names in literature and media. This is the word as live as it gets – no retakes, no second chances – it’s all of the moment. Savour the chance to meet the writers and thinkers who have created the books you love and immerse yourself in the flow of words and ideas.

It’s our biggest ever festival, with more than 200 events, including 40 with community groups from across the city. Plus some pre-festival tasters and some post-festival specials to enjoy. There is also a truly international strand with guests from Jamaica, Cuba, Sweden and the Czech Republic as well as a celebration of literature from a little closer to home with a ‘dawn to dusk’ Dylan Thomas day to mark the Centenary of Wales’ greatest poet.

We are grateful to all our sponsors especially Platinum Sponsor Civica and Arts Council England. We also want to thank our audiences for their fantastic support. Please join us again this year and be part of the inspirational and thought provoking adventure that is Off the Shelf.

Always outspoken, controversial and heartfelt, John Lydon looks back on an extraordinary life in a memoir full of surprises, humour and emotion.  As Johnny Rotten he lead the Sex Pistols to spearhead a generation of young people across the world clamouring for change, later reinventing himself to front PiL and explore a vast range of musical styles through his solo career. His book, Anger is an Energy tells of a life full of incident from a sickly childhood in post-war London to his status as an alternative national hero and one of most recognizable icons in the annals of music history.


Sponsored by University of Sheffield Students’ Union

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Off The Shelf festival. We’re interested in encouraging more people like you to come to Sheffield and experience the fantastic festivals, cultural venues and events on offer here- as well as enjoy the great hospitality the city has available.

Therefore, we would like to find out about you and what you think about Off The Shelf.  We'd be really thrilled if you could take part in a short online survey, conducted in accordance with Market Research Society guidelines, to tell us about how we can improve on your visitor experience in the future.

If you complete the survey you’ll also have a chance to win a £10 book token kindly donated by Off The Shelf, so all you have to do is follow the link to the survey here (it should only take you 10mins to complete) .


All your responses will of course be treated confidentially.

Many thanks for your help.

Sheffield Culture Consortium.


Off the Shelf presents: John Lydon