One of the largest literary festivals in the UK has returned to Sheffield

18 October 2017

Off the Shelf, run by The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, brings the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield for three weeks.

The festival, that’s been running since 1991, has established itself as one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Sheffield, featuring speakers such as authors Lee Child and Nick Hornby to TV personalities like Jamie Oliver.

As part of a segment ‘Ideas alive at 5.45′, Dr Xavier L’Hoiry and Professor Clive Norris from the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield will be speaking later on today.

The talk will focus on the important role that citizens’ legal rights can play in holding to account those who collect our personal data.

Xavier D L’Hoiry said: “This is a topic growing in significance in a world of omnipresent surveillance of our everyday lives. We are presenting the findings of a two-year European study about what we – as ordinary citizens – can all do to ensure we can still exercise some control over how our data is collected, shared and processed.”

He added, “The festival as a whole is a fantastic joint venture and has secured some outstanding and varied speakers on key, contemporary cultural issues. It’s great to see such a dynamic and engaging event take place in the city.”

Other speakers today include 2014 Bake Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan, philosopher A C Grayling, bestselling author Salley Vickers, poet Bryony Doran, and an open mic at 7.00pm for Black History month 2017.

The ‘Festival of Words’ will be running from the 7th – 28th October.


Written by Bryony Ormes

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