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What’s on in York: Finding the Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 22 Mar :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

Finding the Words with poets Jade Cuttle, Keith Hutson and Ruth McIlroy

Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.

Jade Cuttle  After reading literature at University of Cambridge, Jade Cuttle released her poetic-folk  debut album ‘Leaves & Lovers’ to BBC Introducing acclaim. She has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (‘The Art of Splinters’) and been commissioned for other BBC podcasts like celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th. She was appointed Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, mentored by Daljit Nagra, and a 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic, after winning competitions run by Ledbury Poetry Festival, BBC Proms, Poetry Book Society and Foyle Young Poets. She is also a journalist and has written for The Observer, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.


Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and many well-known comedians. His poetry has been widely published in journals including The Rialto, The North, Stand, Magma, The Manhattan Review, and he has had several competition successes, including in The YorkMix, The Troubadour, The Mclellan, and the Cornwall Contemporary. In February 2017 he was Carol Ann Duffy’s guest poet at the Royal Society of Literature’s TS Eliot Memorial event. His debut pamphlet Routines (2016) was published by Poetry Salzburg where he is now a co-editor. His latest pamphlet Troupers (smith | doorstop) is a 2018 Laureate’s Choice.


Ruth McIlroy will be reading from her pamphlet, Guppy Primer, the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. She has spent most of her life in Edinburgh, and now lives with her family and works as a psychotherapist in Sheffield.



In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828


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CCTV appeal following theft of clothing from Peacocks in Front Street

Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to regarding the theft of items from Peacocks clothing store on Front Street in Acomb.

At around 12.05pm on Saturday 10 March 2018 the two women pictured entered the store, one woman was carrying a blue rucksack.


A number of items of children and adult clothing were removed from the store, without any offer of payment being made.

Anyone who recognises either of the women pictured is asked to contact PC Emily Clark on 101 or email

Please quote reference 12180041400.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800555111

Latest planning applications for the Westfield Ward

Morrison’s change corporate ID. Hope to build better toilets at Front Street store

Below is the latest planning applications received by the York Council for the Westfield ward.

Full details can be found by clicking the application reference


                Morrisons Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Single storey extension to front of existing store to accommodate toilets and ATM room

Ref. No: 18/00412/FUL 


Morrisons Front Street York YO24 3BZ

Display of 1no. set of internally illuminated letters, 1no. internally illuminated wall mounted box sign and 2no. non illuminated wall mounted panel signs

Ref. No: 18/00424/ADV 

10 St Stephens Road plans


10 St Stephens Road York YO24 3EQ

Erection of 1 new dwelling

Ref. No: 17/02929/FUL 


Representations can be made in favour of, or in objection to, any application via the Planning on line web site.

The Council now no longer routinely consults neighbours by letter when an application is received

What’s on in York: Revealing the Past from Above: Aerial Archaeology in England

Mar _20RevealingYork Explore Library :

Tue 20 Mar :

6.15pm 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Historic England’s Matthew Oakey as he explains how archaeologists use new technologies such as lidar to identify sites and piece together the jigsaw of information to reveal the layers of history that have shaped the modern landscape.

Every year, hundreds of archaeological sites are discovered using aerial photography – from prehistoric settlements to lost landscapes of the First and Second World Wars. More recently new technologies such as airborne laser scanning (lidar) have uncovered landscapes in remote uplands or hidden under woodland. Join Historic England’s Matthew Oakey to find out how archaeologists use these technologies to reveal the layers of history that have shaped the modern landscape.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Blackout & Cut-Up Poetry Workshop

Mar _20blackoutpoemClifton Library :

Tue 20 Mar :

3.30pm – 4.30pm :


A poetry workshop for adults – create your own blackout/cut-up poetry out of photocopied pages from some of our books. All material provided! All levels of expertise welcome!

Blackout poetry:  blacking out the words on an established page of writing, to create a poem out of the remaining words.

Cut-up poetry: cutting out individual words from a text and arranging them into a poem.

Join us for an informal blackout and cut-up workshop at Clifton library, where we will use (photocopied!) pages from a variety of our books  to create fabulous, funny, moving and surreal new poems, just in time for World Poetry Day (21 March)!

No need to book. Free event. Contact if you’d like more information!

Hidden disease in the spot light in York: more about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.)

M.E awareness: Liberal Democrats look to kick-start campaign on the hidden disease

In a motion to Council on the 22nd March, Liberal Democrat Councillors are looking to kick-start a campaign to raise awareness on the often overlooked and hidden disease; Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, otherwise known as M.E.

M.E. is a chronic, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems to an estimated 800 people in York, 250,000 people in the UK and around 17 million people worldwide.  Many who suffer from the disease often report that diagnosis can take months, or even years, and that there is a lack of awareness amongst the majority of clinicians.

M.E remains largely out of the public conscience and therefore, is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disease.  In response, the York Liberal Democrats are calling on the Council to initiate a public awareness campaign in the build up to M.E Awareness Day on the 12th May.  This will include:

  • Using the ‘city lights’ to light up landmarks such as the City Walls and West Offices on International M.E Awareness Day.
  • To initiate a communications campaign, utilising the Council’s distribution and communication networks to generate awareness of M.E in York, allowing York to lead a national debate on the subject.
  • Providing training to senior Council representatives, in order to increase understanding of the disease at the heart of the Council.

Cllr Keith Aspden (left), Bill Clayton (centre) and Cllr Carol Runciman (right).

Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:

“Living with ME is challenging. People may struggle with debilitating symptoms and other problems, but it is important to remember that support is out there and this is crucial in dealing with any illness. By raising awareness, we can spread this message and better our understanding of the disease.”

“In York, we are lucky to have the York M.E Community and the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic, who both provide excellent support to those suffering from the disease in York.  We must build on the work they do and promote what they can do to help.”

Bill Clayton, founder of the York ME Community, added:

“M.E is something that is likely to be affecting someone you know, without you realising it.  It could be someone missing from work, school, or even the football team.  We don’t see them, as most are often bedbound and hidden from society.

“There are millions missing from their lives due to this devastating illness and I would like to thank the York Liberal Democrats for backing this drive to raise M.E Awareness.  This illness isn’t political however, and so I plead with all parties to back this campaign and help your community, The York ME Community.”