What’s on in York: Community Archives Month event with Dringhouses Local History Group

Dringhouses Library :
Tue 23 May :
9.30am – 5.30pm :

May _23Samuel Parsons MaoJoin the Dringhouses Local History Group all day, and look at the best of their archives, as part of Community Archives Month.

Learn more about the local area, from Colonel Wilkinson to the ‘Knares Mire’. Colonel George Alexander Eason Wilkinson, last Lord of the Manor of Dringhouses, was born 25 Feb 1860 and inherited the Manor of Dringhouses in 1881. Fought in South African War and WW1, with distinction. On his death in 1941, he gave Dringhouses Library to the Council and people of Dringhouses in a Deed of Gift.

Bring your local history queries and perhaps buy a copy of the fascinating ‘Discovering Dringhouses 2: More Aspects of a Local History’ or the 1624 Samuel Parson’s map of Dringhouses.

All day session, just drop in.

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout

York Explore Library :

Tue 23 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


May _23 Elizabeth StroutElizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author of My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kitteridge, joins us to discuss her new collection of short stories, Anything is Possible.

In this new work, we are again with Lucy Barton as she imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers and the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone?

She will be discussing her wonderful catalogue of fiction and reading extracts from her new book.

Tickets are available from Waterstones on (01904) 620784 or www.waterstones.com.

What’s on in York: Shakespeare Week at Dringhouses Library

Dringhouses Library :

Mon 22 – Sat 27 May :


ShakespeareAs part of the York international Shakespeare Festival, Dringhouses Library is having Shakespeare Week.

See an exhibition of local artist Ben Sawyer’s amusing Shakespeare-inspired comic-strips all week.

Zounds, Alack, and By My Troth is a weekly series of comic strips inspired by the works of William Shakespeare and drawn in old school black and white penciling. The site features pastiches of famous moments, illustrated sonnets and the continuing adventures of Will himself as he tries to get by as a jobbing Tudor playwright – aided and abetted by the mysterious wild-haired woman known only as The Lady.

Join us for some Shakespeare style songs and stories at our under 5s storytimes at 11am on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27, and sign up for our Shakespeare-a-thon on Tuesday 23 May, where we try to fill the building with Shakespeare’s timeless words all day – sign up at the library for a time-slot.

The Shakespeare-a-thon will be on all day Tuesday – come along and read some of Shakespeare’s fabulous work. Choose an extract from his 38 plays, sonnets, or poems, and read for 5-10 minutes. Sign up for a timeslot in advance or just turn up on the day. Help us to fill the library with Shakespeare’s wonderful words all day.

Come to our launch event then please come along during normal library opening times for our Shakespeare week long events.

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Explore a Story

York Explore Library :

Thu 18 May :

1.30pm – 2.30pm :


Bog Baby Mud Pie‘Explore a Story’ is an interactive storytelling session for 2-5 year olds. The session uses props and games to get the children involved in bringing the stories to life.

The sessions give children the opportunity to use and develop their imaginations within the storytelling, and helps to develop their creative skills beyond the sessions also. This interactive style of storytelling shows the children different ways to read a story and opens up and re-imagines how the stories are put together.

Come with us through the swishy swashy grass on a bear hunt, with teddy to the moon, or on a perilous quest to find some secret treasure. They are encouraged to bring their own ideas and build them into the session on a journey through the imagination.

Available to pre book by coming into any York library or by telephone on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Friends of Dringhouses Library Coffee Morning & booksale

Dringhouses Library :

Thu 18 May :

10.00am – 12.30pm :


CakeCome along to our coffee morning and booksale. Join us for some chat with friends and neighbours, some tasty cakes, and some bargain books!

All proceeds go to the Friends of Dringhouses Library, who support the library to be the best it can be.

Friends of Dringhouses Library is a group of local people who want to help Dringhouses Library to thrive and deliver a wide range of activities.

Their role includes fundraising, supporting one-off activities, acting as a link between the library service and the wider community, and promoting Dringhouses Library and Explore York Libraries and Archives.

Special offers available on the day, like buy a coffee and cake and get a free book!

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.


What’s on in York – Shakespeare’s Rival: Ben Jonson

York Explore Library :

Mon 8 May :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


May _8 Ben JonsonDiscover the larger-than-life exploits and audacious projects of Shakespeare’s friend and rival, Ben Jonson, playwright and first poet-laureate of England.

Jonson wrote for Shakespeare’s company (in fact Shakespeare acted in several of his plays), but he also established himself as an independent literary force and elevated playwriting to a publicly respected art form. Without Jonson’s leadership in self-publication, many of Shakespeare’s plays wouldn’t have been published at all.

Learn about one of the greatest writers in the history of England ahead of a rare performance of his masterpiece, Volpone, in the York International Shakespeare Festival this May.

Tickets to be booked through eventbrite or speak to a member of staff at York Explore and we can book it for you.

For more information about the York Shakespeare Project who are the organiser of Shakespeare’s Rival : Ben Jonson please visit their website.

What’s on in York: Brilliant Birds Workshop

 Rowntree Park Reading Café :

Fri 5 May :

10.00am – 12.00pm :


Brilliant Birds HRJoin Sally Stone & Deborah New to make a giant yarnstormed brilliant birds installation for Rowntree Park to raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice.

At our bird making workshops, there will be knitting, stitching, pompom making, finger knitting, knitting with very large needles & hopefully even some hula hoop weaving.

Drop in – all materials provided and leave your makes behind for display in the park.

This is a free drop in session – no booking is required.

For more information please contact Sally Stone from Hippystitch on (01904) 635486 or hippystitch@hotmail.co.uk.




Full details of the project are available at: hippystitch.

What’s on in York: An Evening with Graham Masterton

York Explore Library :

Wed 3 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :

£6 (£5 with a York Card)

May _3 Graham MastertonGraham Masterton is a bestselling author who has spent twenty-five years writing horrors and thrillers before turning his attention to crime writing. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller.  He lived in Cork for five years, an experience that inspired the Katie Maguire series.

Join Graham at this exclusive event at York Explore where he will talk about his Katie Maguire crime novels.

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk 

By telephone (01904) 552828

Or in person at any York library.

What’s on in York: Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary Celebration

York Explore Library

Sat 29 Apr

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Apr _29 Greyhen Logo (2)Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Joy Howard, Pauline Kirk and Josie Walsh will read selected poems from Grey Hen anthologies.

Grey Hen Press was set up to showcase the work of older women poets by publishing themed anthologies. Over 140 poets have appeared in the ten publications to date.

Refreshments including tea, coffee, soft drinks and wine will be available, and the event is free.The event will take place in The Marriott Room

‘Nothing mimsy about these poems by older women. Fierce, funny, disturbing and fairly vicious. Lovely.’ Michele Hanson

‘Seriously good poetry…the fruit of long-life experience – brave writing, full of love and subversive wit and lyricism.’ R V Bailey

‘An A–Z of women poets whose formidable eye and instinct for pithy observation make this required reading for all ages’ Penelope Shuttle.

For more information about this event please pop in to York Explore Library, call us on (01904 552828) or email york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: “State of Emergency” – meet the author Richard Drysdale

York Explore Library

Tue 25 Apr

6.00pm – 7.00pm


Apr 25_RichardJust how far would the UK government go to prevent the break-up of the UK? How would Scotland react? State of Emergency is a political thriller set in Scotland at some point in the future.

The evening will include a talk on the novel as well information on the self publishing process. There will also be a Q&A to follow.

Richard is a historian, teacher and biker and has lived in York for forty years. As a Scot he has always taken a close interest in the politics of Scotland particularly during the 2014 referendum on independence which continues to be highly topical today.

To book your ticket for this event please pop in to York Explore Library, call us on (01904 552828) or email york@exploreyork.org.uk.