What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Sarah L Dixon, Ian Harrow and Tristan Moss

Oct _25Find The Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 Oct :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card)

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.

Sarah L Dixon lived in Chorlton for 12 years. She moved in May 2017 and is currently based in Linthwaite, Huddersfield and tours as The Quiet Compere. Sarah has most recently been published in Confluence, The Interpreter’s House, The Lake, Obsessed with Pipework, Troubadour and Curlew. She had a poem published on a beer-mat and her pamphlet, The sky is cracked was released by the same press in November 2017 (Half Moon).

Sarah’s inspiration comes from many places, including pubs and music, being by and in water and adventures with her seven-year-old, Frank. She is still attempting to write better poetry than Frank did aged 4! Frank’s line, aged 4, was “Is your heart in a cage so it doesn’t fly away?”

Ian Harrow: b.1945 Bamburgh, Northumberland. Five collections, most recent, Finishing Lines (Rack Press 2018) and Words Take Me (Lapwing 2013). Formerly Head of the School of Art, University of Central Lancashire. Lives in York.
Widely published in journals and magazines, including Stand, London Magazine, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, New Walk.

Tristan Moss lives in York with his partner and two young children. He has had poems published in a number of online and paper journals. Most recently his poems have appeared in The Poetry Shed, Snakeskin, Amaryllis, Open Mouse, and Picaroon Poetry. In 2012 he had a short pamphlet published entitled ‘Disclaimer, by Lapwing Publications.

Sarah L Dixon @QuietCompereMcr
Tristan Moss @TristannMoss

This event will take place in the Marriott Room and cost £3 (or £2 with a York Card)

To book a ticket please click here.

What’s on in York: A story evening | daCunha

Oct _23Story

York Explore Library :

Tue 23 Oct :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


daCunha is excited to share a live version of their ‘Campfire with Friends’ experience, where you and a small group of your friends enjoy professionally acted versions of our exclusive stories. This is a chance to immerse yourself in storyful performances by nationally recognised York actors Thomas Frere and Kate Hampson.

daCunha publishes an evergreen collection of beautifully crafted fiction and creative nonfiction. Our small, international team of editors curate and edit with care to create an immersive experience. Don’t miss your chance to try daCunha for free during York Library’s Big City Read event.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Moving on with Family History

Oct _20Family

York Explore Library

Sat 20 Oct :

1.00pm – 4.00pm :


Have you been researching your family history online, but reached the end of the road?

Or maybe you’ve got lots of basic information about your ancestors but are looking to put some flesh on the bones?

Then this is the course for you.

Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, for this hands-on workshop looking at some of the sources that might take you further in your research.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Dancing Through Storytime

Oct _20Dancing

York Explore Library :

Sat 20 Oct :

10.00am – 4.00pm :


Dancing Through Storytime Created by Campbell Edinborough

Dancing Through Storytime is an interactive performance for families, integrating dance, movement and storytelling.  During the 15 minute performance children aged 4-8 and their grown ups will hunt for sea creatures, get lost in a forest and float into space.  It’s a show for everyone who has ever wanted to jump into their storybook.

This is a free event which will last for 15 minutes. !5 minute slots are available to book throughout the day please call 01904 552828 to book or book in person at your local library.

What’s on in York: Caring for old photographs

Oct _20Caring

York Explore Library :

Sat 20 Oct :

9.30am – 11.30am :


Do you have family photographs, negatives or slides hidden away in your home?

Are you concerned about their condition, or unsure what to do with them? Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, to learn more about what causes photographic materials to deteriorate over time, and the best ways to care for them at home.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Researching your WWI Ancestors

York Explore Library : Tue 16 Oct :

3.00pm – 4.30pm : Free

Acomb Explore Library : Thu 18 Oct :

2.00pm – 3.30pm : Free

Oct _16Research - YortimeHave you always wanted to research your First World War ancestors but are unsure where to start?

Join our Archivist Laura Yeoman as she talks you through some of the sources you can use, both onsite at Tang Hall Explore and online.Following the talk there will also be an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Free, but booking essential through any Explore Library or by telephone or follow the links below for each library.

York Explore

Acomb Explore

Laura Purcell: Writing Victorian Gothic Event sponsored by The Shepherd Group

Oct _16Linda

York Explore Library :

Tue 16 Oct :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


Join Laura Purcell as she talks about her spine chilling Victorian Gothic novels The Silent Companions and The Corset.

Laura Purcell has enjoyed huge success with The Silent Companions which featured on both the Radio 2 Book Club and the Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV.

The Corset is her new novel.
Dorothea and Ruth.
Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless.
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.
When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted with the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.
The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations – of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses – will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption.

Author’s Biography:
Laura Purcell is a former bookseller, she lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. She has written 3 historical novels set in the Georgian period, followed by Victorian Gothic chiller  the Silent Companion which was featured on the Radio 2 Book Club and the Zoe Ball Book Club in July.
Her new novel, The Corset was published in September.

Follow Laura on Twitter.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Exhibition – They Also Served

York Explore Library :

Oct _15They Also Served - Yortime

Mon 15 Oct – Tue 30 Oct :

Library Opening Times :


Drop in to this pop up exhibition and uncover the experiences of some of these patriotic young men, who had a strong desire to help the mother country fight against German aggression.

Many lost their lives in the conflict. Those who survived returned to their homes in the Caribbean or travelled to Britain to pick up their lives again.

For more information please call the libarry on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

Mint Yard Lecture: They also served

Oct _15Mint YardYork Explore Library :

Mon 15 Oct : 6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

In July 2017 a commemoration service was held in Birmingham to remember the largely forgotten contributions of African and Caribbean soldiers in the First World War.  This service coincided with the launch of a touring exhibition, which arrives at York Explore on Monday 15 October.

Join Linda Ali to uncover the experiences of some of these patriotic young men, who had a strong desire to help the mother country fight against German aggression. Many lost their lives in the conflict. Those who survived returned to their homes in the Caribbean or travelled to Britain to pick up their lives again.

This event will take place in the Marriott Room and tickets cost £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

To book tickets please click here.

“Viking Hall” planned for Castle car park  

With the organisers of the Shakespearean Rose Theatre eager to return next summer for a repeat performance, it looks like they may have to dislodge Viking invaders first.

The York Council is reporting that they have been approached to provide a Viking themed theatrical experience which would include a Viking Great Hall and courtyard theatre “creating an immersive performance space with a capacity of approximately 100 people per show – with 360-degree sets, live actors, and special effects”.

The installation would also include a Viking themed homestead featuring food and beverage outlets, box office, sheltered and unsheltered seating, entertainment and demonstration stage and the potential for a craft and skills market.

The Council says this would involve the closure of the Castle Car Park to create a new area of “high-quality public realm”. Work on an alternative car park – a multi storey on St Georges Field – has not yet started.

The Rose theatre benefited from one of the warmest and driest summers we have had since the second world war. The test for outdoor attractions always comes with poorer weather. Time will tell what type of events are sustainable near the Castle.

As for the Viking Hall, our predecessors from Scandinavia were famous for their love of the arts. Many a happy evening was spent sitting next to an open fire sipping buttermilk and listening to the harps, lyres and lutes.

They might occasionally drink ale and mead, prompting the following poetic warning

Less good than they say
for the sons of men
is the drinking oft of ale:
for the more they drink,
the less they can think
and keep a watch over their wits.

Beers in those days were much weaker than today.

If the Viking Hall operators hope to get a license for their establishment, no doubt they will restrict sales to Kaliber and the like (No I didn’t think so either)

The Viking Hall would be open between January and May.  January to March is a notoriously quiet time in the York City centre.