What’s on in York: The Big City Read Annual Walk


York Explore Library :

Thu 21 Sep :

11.00am – 12.00pm :


BCRThis will be an hour’s walk through the streets and snickleways of central York based on this year’s Big City Read novel. It will take in the places referred to in the book with a running commentary from the walk leader on the places and how they tie in with the novel.

Meet in the foyer at York Explore

This is a free event and no booking is needed.

This walk will not be accessible to pushchairs and wheelchair users as some steps will be included. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear for walking.

What’s on in York: Alison Weir … Anne Boleyn A King’s Obsession

York Explore Library :

Wed 20 Sep :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


Sept _20Alison WeirAlison Weir recounts one of the most sensational episodes in English history, revealing a courageous, determined woman on a headlong course to tragedy.

Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne Boleyn draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown; and a crown is what she seeks. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil. Alison Weir weaves new research and theories into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife – a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.

Be prepared for your perceptions to be challenged.

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published seventeen history books and six historical novels. Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is the second in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII.

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published seventeen history books, including Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and six historical novels. Her latest biography is The Lost Tudor PrincessAnne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is the second in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, following on from Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: ‘Murderabilia’ …. Crime Fiction that looks like Crime Fact

York Explore Library :

Tue 19 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Sep _19MurderJack Denham discusses an in-depth look at gruesome murder artefacts,discussing the ways that we use crime fiction to decode crime fact.

Inspired by his PhD Research, this talk will consider murder memorabilia (murderabilia) from a criminological perspective. We’ll be looking at some gruesome artefacts, taking a tour of some crime museums, and talking about the ways in which we think about crime, through culture, in the 21 century.

Not for the squeamish!

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: A Taste of Mindfulness

York Explore Library :

Mon 18 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Sept _18MindfullnessEver feel stressed at home or work? Lost in worry or feeling that life is passing you by?

Then this one hour Mindfulness taster session is for you. Ancient wisdom and the latest in neuroscience combine in Mindful CBT to provide a simple everyday ‘toolkit’ for reducing stress and anxiety, warding off depression and even finding the happier you.

Make the most of the life you have with these simple, yet powerful tools – just one hour can change your outlook.

Topics covered:

  • Discover the joy and wonder of living in the moment
  • Reduce worry and anxiety through relaxation and thought awareness (including a short guided meditation)
  • Learn that self-compassion is a choice
  • Break harmful habits and find the real you
  • Find peace through accepting what cannot be changed

This mindfulness session will focus on nurturing; and being good to ourselves, and explore how to develop awareness of our own health and wellbeing. Ticket price includes a hot drink and cake.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Truth, Lies, and Forensic Alibis with AD Garrett

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 16 Sept :

4.00pm – 6.00pm :


Sept _16ADGarrettFind out how the real forensic experts deal with a crime scene – and how crime writers make sure they get the facts right. Examine the evidence at our ‘crime scene’, and chat with the writer and the forensic expert who together form the writing collaboration, A.D. Garrett. Pit your wits against the experts in this fun, friendly event and see if you can find clues that could help to solve a major crime.

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy has published nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers under her own name – both stand-alone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, her work has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library.

In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Prof. Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms. Everyone Lies was a bestseller, and both Everyone Lies and the sequel, Believe No One, garnered starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly. Jeffery Deaver commented, ‘A.D. Garrett has done for Manchester what The Wire did for Baltimore. Simms and Fennimore are complex, compelling, and just plain marvellous.’ Truth Will Out, the third in the series, is now available in paperback.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. As a Crime Scene Investigator, she examined over 3000 crime scenes, ranging from thefts and fires to rapes and murders. Later, as Crime Scene Manager for Durham Police, she supervised CSIs in over 50 major incidents. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of crime, from simple thefts, to murders and terrorism. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. She is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series.

Website: www.adgarrett.com

Twitter @adgarrett1

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Crime and Punishment ….. History Detectives Walk in York


York Explore Library :

Fri 15 Sep :

10.30am – 11.30am :


WEAMeet WEA tutor Katie Croft in the foyer of Explore York Library and then accompany her through the city streets, learning fascinating facts about Crime and Punishment in York as you go. Please wear comfortable shoes.

This is a free activity but it would be helpful to bring some cash with you to purchase a drink during a short break in the walk.

Participants should wear comfortable footwear and bring raincoat or umbrella in case of inclement weather. The activity will only be cancelled in the case of very poor weather conditions.

Details of follow up WEA course available from WEA Yorkshire and Humber website.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Val McDermid – Insidious Intent


York Explore Library :

Thu 31 Aug :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Aug _31 Val Mc Dermid JacketJoin number one bestseller and Queen of Crime Val McDermid as she returns with Insidious Intent, featuring two of the most distinctive and iconic characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

When charred human remains are discovered in the driver’s seat of a burning car, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill are brought in to investigate. They soon discover that what appeared to be a terrible accident is, in fact, murder. Delving deeper into the case, they begin the dangerous hunt for a most sinister killer with the power to inflict untold fear and pain on their victims…

To book a ticket please click here.

What’s on in York: Pollination – Telling the Bees Community Art Project (inc parent and child workshop)

York Explore Library :

Mon 21 Aug :

1.30pm – 4.00pm


Aug _21pollinationWe are working in partnership with Explore York and Universities of York, Sheffield and Lancaster on a digital making and design project called Telling the Bees.

The completed artwork called PolliNation will be formed from more than 300 individual hexagons, created using coloured pencils on pieces mdf. All pieces made during session time will be kept by the tutors and exhibited as a final piece in Explore York library during the autumn as part of the Telling the bees festival.

This workshop is open to people of all abilities and age ranges. Children over the age of 7 are welcome, if accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

To book online click here.

What’s on in York: History Agents

York Explore Library :

Thu 17 Aug :

2.00pm – 3.30pm :


Aug _17History AgentsCan you solve mysteries from York’s past? Become an archive detective, searching real ancient documents for clues.

Discover fascinating true stories from York’s archives by carrying out your own investigation into stories from the city’s past.

Together with Thea Jacob of Song Box, bring to life the characters and places hidden in the city’s archive by delving into our intriguing collection of photo albums, maps, minute books, scrap books, diaries and more.

Enjoy this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and into Explore York Archive’s strong room to search for evidence of lives lived, jobs worked and places inhabited by people of York. Find intriguing historic records and piece together true tales from times past.

Suitable for 4-10 Year olds.

Booking is in person through any Explore York Library or by telephone at  York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 or  Acomb Explore Library on (01904) 552651.