Off The Shelf: Sheffield book festival stars

Lynda La Plante.
Lynda La Plante.

A celebrity chef and acclaimed war reporter are on the menu for Sheffield literary festival Off the Shelf this year.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is an author and food campaigner as well as a chef, plus acclaimed journalist Kate Adie are part of the line-up for the celebration of words.

Crime writer Lynda La Plante – who created television shows such as Prime Suspect and Beyond Suspicion – is to host an early event in September.

Novelist Roddy Doyle is also to appear.

The festival is a key date in Sheffield’s cultural calendar and includes poetry, author visits, walks, exhibitions, workshops and storytelling.

It will be officially launched next week with a guest curator also set to be revealed.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “We are in the final stages of preparing for Off the Shelf – Festival of Words 2013.

“We have an inspired guest curator this year.

“She will certainly provide superb input into the festival which promises to be as impactful as poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s contribution last year.

“Lynda La Plante will provide a wonderful starter to the festival that officially runs from October 12 to November 2 and will be packed full of internationally known names and a host of events at venues throughout the city – there will be something for everyone.

“We also look forward to welcoming visitors from outside Sheffield and are delighted people choose to travel and stay in Sheffield to see some of our events as well as enjoy other attractions the city has to offer.”

Civica UK is the main sponsor for the festival.

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