OIR: Nicola Smith on Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Article published on August 11, 2015.

Nicola has been an nb subscriber since 2004 and more recently a reviewer but now she reveals her involvement in local events.

For the fourth year we are hosting a community event at the church where I work as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading which takes place every October in Sheffield.  I have been to many brilliant events over the past ten years or so and I was very pleased to be able to actually be a part of it.

We have hosted former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Matt Black, twice.  He regaled us with his nonsense poems and was expert in audience participation.  Another year saw us talking murder with local crime writer, Danuta Reah and the size of the audience proved that crime is a popular genre.  This year we are lucky enough to be hosting bestselling writer, Susan Eliot Wright, whose books are set partly in Sheffield.  I’m really looking forward to hearing her speak about her works and the part that setting plays.

Nicola Smith, Sheffield

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