Off the Shelf provides a taster of what’s in store

Launch of Off the Shelf 2014'Cllr Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Sheffield City Council'Sally Goldsmith, Poet and Performer'Laura Bates, Journalist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and this year's Guest Curator'Stan Skinny, Comedian and Poet'Maria de Souza, Arts Officer, Off the Shelf Festival of Words'Sarah Mann, Head of Learning Development, CIVICA
Launch of Off the Shelf 2014'Cllr Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Sheffield City Council'Sally Goldsmith, Poet and Performer'Laura Bates, Journalist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and this year's Guest Curator'Stan Skinny, Comedian and Poet'Maria de Souza, Arts Officer, Off the Shelf Festival of Words'Sarah Mann, Head of Learning Development, CIVICA
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The 2014 Off the Shelf Festival of Words was launched in the Apollo Suite at the Crucible Theatre on Monday with a taster provided by three of this year’s performers.

From left to right are Coun Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Sheffield City Council who hosted the event, poet and songwriter Sally Goldsmith, journalist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates who is this year’s guest curator, performance poet and stand-up comic Stan Skinny, council arts officer Maria de Souza, co-organiser of the festival, and Sarah Mann, Head of Learning Development at Civica, Platinum sponsor of Off the Shelf which runs from October 11 to November 1 when there will be a dawn to dusk celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Welsh writer Dylan Thomas