What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Rachel Davies, Hilary Robinson & Joanne Stryker

FEB Findingthe WordsYork Explore Library :

Thu 22 Feb :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£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.

Rachel Davies has been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently The Interpreters House no. 63 and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). She has been a winner in several poetry competitions including Battered Moons in 2017. She co-ordinates the Poetry Society’s East Manchester and Tameside Stanza and is a member of Manchester’s Poets & Players organising committee. Formerly a primary school head-teacher, since retirement she has graduated MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working towards a creative/critical PhD in poetry.  She doubts she will ever learn how to stop being a student. Originally from the Fens she now lives in Saddleworth with her partner and two cats. She blogs regularly on the challenge of fitting a PhD into a very full life. You can read her blog here:  racheld1607.com

Hilary Robinson lives in Saddleworth and is a retired primary school teacher. She has had work published in The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Avis, Strix and Riggwelter. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies such as A New Manchester Alphabet (Manchester Writing School 2015) and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). Hilary has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and had a month-long holiday to recover. Since coming to poetry writing late in life, Hilary is trying to cram in as much of it as she can and will often be found at readings, workshops and launches. You can follow her on Twitter (@Hilro1) or on her occasional blog (mamierob.wordpress.com).

Joanne Stryker’s  poems have won prizes and are published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.K. She spent several years in Yorkshire and now lives in her native Canada. She will be reading from her new collection After published by Cinnamon Press. After is a heart-breaking account of the aftermath of a suicide. Simple, spare language and the use of questions allow the seismic shifts of grief and disbelief to resonate through this powerful, disquieting and sometimes harrowing, but never sentimental or self-indulgent, sequence. There is a fine line of control and grace in this poignant and deeply humane collection.

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What’s on in York: Women and Print in eighteenth-century York

Feb _21 Women In Print

York Explore Library :

Wed 21 Feb :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Tutor: Dr Kaley Kramer

York’s conscious civic self-fashioning in the eighteenth century was accompanied by an expanding local print industry. Women played an important role in this, particularly Grace White, who established York’s first newspaper in 1719, and Ann Ward, whose business in Coney Street lasted 30 years under her direction.

Join Dr Kaley Kramer as she uncovers the lives and careers of these fascinating York women.

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York Mansion House set to celebrate Chinese New Year

 York Mansion House is holding a series of special cultural workshops and events on Saturday 24 February to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Guests will be able to venture through the Mansion House and learn about York’s rich civic history, as well as coming away with a new Chinese cultural skills from calligraphy to Taiji (Tai’chi).

As well as these events the Mansion House, the York BID and Make It York have teamed up to install Chinese lanterns throughout the city, along Stonegate, Coney Street, Blake Street, Davygate and on the front of the Mansion House.

Workshops include:

  • 11am – 12pm: traditional Chinese painting workshop (Dining Room)
  • 1 – 1.30pm; 2 – 2.30pm: Calligraphy (Dining Room)
  • 1.15 – 1.45pm; 2.15 – 2.45pm: Zither (State Room)
  • 1.30 – 2pm; 2.30 – 3pm: Tea ceremony (18th Century Kitchen)
  • 1.45 – 2.15pm; 2.45 – 3.15pm: Taiji ‘Tai’chi’ (State Room)

Workshops are free to join with the price of admission! People can sign up for workshops at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinese-new-year-workshops-at-york-mansion-house-tickets-43165303585?platform=hootsuite 

The workshops are supported by the Leeds Confucius Institute and with local traditional Chinese artist Danny Ha.

What’s on in York: JORVIK Viking Festival @ York Minster

Feb _17Minster

The Minster :

Thu 15 Feb :

10.00am – 3.00pm :

£2.50 with standard admission.

Make your own Viking-style decoration to take home in the stunning surroundings of the Chapter House inside York Minster.

Inspired by the Anglo-Scandinavian stone carvings in our Undercroft Museum, your keepsake will help you look the part throughout a fun and educational week in York!

Need some more inspiration? You can also meet the Vikings right here too! Handle authentic and replica Viking artefacts, learn how to play a Viking board game, and discover more about the mystery that is York Minster during the Viking period from our resident ‘Vikings’.

£2.50 per child for craft activity, with standard admission.

Admission ticket lasts for 12 months. Family 12-month ticket from £10 (valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with 1 adult). FREE admission to Minster for York residents with proof of residency (York Card, DVLA License, utility bill).

Macbeth, the North, and 1066 with Justin Hill

Feb _16Justin Hill

York Explore Library :

Fri 16 Feb :

3.30pm – 5.00pm :

Adult £6.50 Conc. £5.50

The events of 1066 are often seen through the prism of what happened in the south of England.

However, the events that lead to the Norman Conquest happened here, in the North, in the struggle between the real-life historical figures of Duncan, Macbeth and Earl Siward. In an illustrated talk, bestselling author Justin Hill recounts this little-known story, which is just as bloody and compelling as the Shakespearean play.

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For more information please visit The Jorvik Viking Festival website.

What’s on in York: The Queens of the Conquest, with Joanna Courtney

Feb _16 Queens Of The Conquest

York Explore Library :

Fri 16 Feb :

10.00am – 11.30am :

Adult £6.50 Conc. £5.50

Think you know the story of 1066? Think again….

Joanna Courtney’s ‘Queens of the Conquest’ series explores the lives of Edyth of Mercia, Elizaveta of Kiev and Mathilda of Flanders in their own quests to promote their homeland, support their husbands and, ultimately, to become Queen of England.

Explore the events leading up to the end of Anglo-Saxon England from a female perspective with Joanna at this special and intriguing talk.

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For more information please visit The Jorvik Viking Festival website.

What’s on in York: Shadow Puppet theatre and craft with Hoglets Drama

Hoglets Drama

Acomb Explore Library :

Mon 12 Feb :

2.00pm – 2.30pm :


Hoglets is theatre fun for small folk and we have Mama Hoglet coming to our libraries to perform a fun shadow puppet show.

You can also have a go at a craft yourself after the show.

This event is for ages 3-7 years.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Energise roof repair bill to hit £250,000

Energise swimming pool

The Energise sports centre roof needs to be replaced according to Council officials.

There have been problems with leaks for some months. Temporary repairs have proved to be ineffective.

The centre is now being run by GLL on behalf of the Council.

The replacement roofing work will be undertaken later in the year. It is not expected that the centre will close while the work is undertaken.

The new Energise pool was opened in 2009.


What’s on in York: Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves – More than just murder…

Feb _6 L.Penny & A.CleevesYork Explore Library :

Tue 6 Feb :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Join bestselling authors Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny in conversation about their love of stories and the secrets behind their success.

Ann Cleeves is the bestselling author of ITV’s VERA and BBC One’s Shetland. She’s written 31 novels in 31 years and her latest, THE SEAGULL is set in her home town of Whitley Bay. The recipient of the highest accolade in crime writing, the Diamond Dagger, Ann is the Queen of British crime fiction.

Louise Penny is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, set in the fictional Canadian village of Three Pines. The recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, her twelfth novel, A GREAT RECKONING, was awarded the prestigious Agatha Award, Anthony, Macavity, Barry and Left Coast Crime Award.

The ticket price £6 (includes 99p off paperbacks at the event)

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with John Paul Burns, Emma Storr and Charlotte Wetto

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 Jan :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3/£2 with a YorkCard

Jan _25Findingthe WordsFinding 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.

John-Paul Burns is a writer of poetry and essays currently on the Creative Writing MFA program at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Manchester. His work centres around images of the road, the coast and fruit–of music history and the cinema–Federico Fellini wandering the earth spreading madness like Dionysus, Foley-sound artist as Demiurge, a dream of following Thelonious Monk. He has appeared in journals such as The North, Poetry Salzburg Review and 3AM Magazine and is featured in the Smith|Doorstop anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets.

Emma Storr lives in Leeds where she is a member of the Leeds Writers Circle. After working as a doctor and teacher for many years she is now giving more attention to poetry and writing. She is interested in where science and poetry intersect, particularly in relation to understanding the body. She has been published in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2016 and Strix 2 and her poem ’Spring Walk’ was highly commended in the Walter Swan Poetry competition in 2016. She recently completed an MPhil in Writing at the University of South Wales.

Charlotte Wetton is a poet based in West Yorkshire. Her first pamphlet, I Refuse to Turn into a Hat-Stand has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks award, following a spoken word album, Body Politic. She has published in Poetry Wales, Staple, Stand etc.  She regularly performs across the North and will run workshops if the opportunity sounds fun.





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