WIN: Paul Merton sold out Sheffield Off The Shelf tickets

Paul Merton
Paul Merton

Have I Got News For You comedy star Paul Merton is The Star backed guest speaker at this year’s Sheffield Off The Shelf book festival - and we have tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.

Paul, who will be talking about new book Only When I Laugh, will be in conversation at The Crucible theatre, on Monday, October 20.

The event is sold out - but you can win tickets by entering our competition below.

There are more great speakers and events at this year’s festival, from October 11 to November 1, at venues across the city.

Authors attending include chef Yotam Ottolenghi, children’s author Allan Ahlberg, broadcaster Kirsty Wark, entrepreneur Digby Jones, politician Alan Johnson, children’s author and actress Michelle Magorian, Booker nominated author Howard Jacobson, poet Patience Agbabi, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson, poet and author Simon Armitage, historian John Julius Norwich, musician John Lydon and many more.

The Star is gold sponsor of Off The Shelf.

DOWNLOAD FREE GUIDE: To download and browse the full Off The Shelf 2014 guide booklet, as a pdf file - CLICK HERE.

You can view a dates list of all events and more at the official web site, at - CLICK HERE.

If you are unable to attend events, Rhyme and Reason can organise signed copies of books - call 0114 266 1950 or email


For a chance to win a pair of tickets to Paul Merton, enter our free draw by post, email or Twitter.

Post your details to Paul Merton OTS Competition, StarCompPM, Graham Walker, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1PU.

Email your name and details, with StarCompPM in the subject line, to

Or follow Graham on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompPM

Deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014, noon. Usual SNL rules and data terms, as below.


These apply to all competitions in SNL titles and online, unless otherwise stated or as amended in association with specific promotions. Usual SNL rules apply - copies or requests, to SNL Promotions Manager, The Star, York Street, Sheffield. The Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternatives available. No correspondence will be entered into. Transport not included, unless specified. The winner(s), who must agree to publicity, will be the first correct entry drawn at random after deadline, or as indicated. A parent or guardian must enter or endorse entries on behalf of children aged under 18. A responsible adult must accompany any child winner or guest. SNL is not liable for failure to attend or for cancellations of any event. No photocopied entry forms or tokens allowed. Where applicable, unless otherwise stated, one web entry form, token or other web entry per person only. Individual entry forms and tokens by detailed request, with a stamped self addressed envelope, to the competition address. No purchase necessary. Failure to agree to terms and conditions makes winning entries void. Winners will usually be notified within seven working days after deadline, or as specified.

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