THE main sponsor of the 20th anniversary Off the Shelf literary festival this year is Civica, a market leader in specialist IT systems and business process services.
The festival, organised by Sheffield City Council, will be taking place from October 8-29 in various venues across the city with a wide range of readings, poetry, workshops, exhibitions, community projects, events for children and young people, walks, talks and more. The full programme will be announced shortly.
As well as being Platinum Sponsor of the whole festival, Civica is sponsoring an event with Sir Michael Parkinson at the Crucible Theatre when the Barnsley-born TV personality will be in conversation with Paul Allen.
The company will also be supporting a series of free events for schoolchildren that will be taking place in community libraries across the city. They include a chance to meet the author Shoo Rayne, Curtis Jobling talking about his popular fantasy series about werewolves and readings by poet James Carter.
Glenn Morgan, operations director of Civica’s education division, said: “We are delighted to partner the Off the Shelf Festival 2011. We became aware of the event through our work providing bespoke ICT-based learning environments for secondary schools in Sheffield.
“It’s fitting that we support schools’ writing and learning ambitions on a nationwide basis as the festival is gaining national prominence as a forum for ideas and learning.
“We were aware of Off the Shelf because of its reputation and because some of the Sheffield schools we provide services for engage with the free author events the festival offers to schools.”