Swimming pool and Library purchase bid by residents

New Earswick swimming pool

Residents are aiming to trigger a “community right to buy” designation for the New Earswick Swimming Pool and the Strensall Library

If agreed at a York Council meeting scheduled for 9th April, residents would have 6 months to raise enough funds to purchase the buildings, should they be placed on the market for sale.

The New Earswick pool has been under threat for over a year. The owners, JoRo Housing Trust, told users that it would be closing. Talks had continued over its future with the expectation that a negotiated way forward would be achieved. A large petition was collected last year seeking to retain the popular amenity.

The application for the Strensall library is a separate issue and appears to have been prompted by a proposed rationalisation of the number and spread of library facilities across the City. The management of libraries in the City is currently carried out by a community benefit society under contract to the City of York Council. This contract is due to be re tendered later this year.

Recent negotiations between the coalition partners (Tory/LibDem) who run the York Council concluded with an assurance that there would be no Library closures in the City  in the foreseeable future.


What’s on in York: York Literature Festival at York Explore Library


Presents Joy Rhoades & Elizabeth Buchan

Date: Thu 8 Mar
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £7

Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades have both written acclaimed novels set in the shadow of the Second World War. Join them as they discuss the fact and fiction of the war and the stories that inspire their writing.


Presents Class Murder with Leigh Russell: Ten Stops in Ten Cities

Date: Sun 18 Mar
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Cost: £5

Join Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Detective Geraldine Steel mysteries, and Anna Wallace, from BBC Radio York.


Presents Little Nephews

Date: Mon 19 Mar
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £5

Adam Stock examines why we continue to be fascinated by Nineteen-Eighty Four and why it is still so relevant in 21st century


Presents Carole Bromley & Anneliese Emmans Dean

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4

Join Carole Bromley and Anneliese Emmans Dean for a fun-filled morning of listening to and writing fantastic poems.


Presents A P Winter: The Boy Who Went Magic

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Cost: £4

Join AP Winter, author of rip-roaring fantasy adventure, The Boy Who went Magic  for magic, spooky chat and some hands on creative writing.


Presents a Historical Fiction Panel with Sarah Maine, Pamela Hartshorne and Tim Murgatroyd

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Cost: £6

Three York-based writers discuss their work and the art of writing engaging historical fiction.


What’s on in York: Time Turned Around

Mar _7 Time Turned AroundYork Explore Library :

Wed 7 Mar :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Pauline Kirk and Andrew Boobier have strong connections with York. They have appeared at festivals and events throughout Yorkshire, and are well known as effective performers as well as skilful poets. In an informal event they will read from their new collections, ‘Time Traveller’ and ‘Kong King’, published in late 2017 by Graft Poetry. Both often write about Time, how its passing affects us, and how we visualise the past and future. They will talk about their work and invite questions from the audience. Nicholas Bielby, Editor of Graft Poetry, will also explain why he chose to publish their books.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham and travelled widely before settling in York. She has had 11 poetry collections published and six novels, three written with her daughter as PJ Quinn. She is editor of Fighting Cock Press.

Andrew Boobier lived in York for five years, gaining a First from York University. He now lives in North Yorkshire. His work has been widely published in the UK and US. He is also a keen musician, one of his compositions being broadcast on Radio 3 in 2017. Both are members of the acclaimed Pennine Poets group, as is Nicholas Bielby, editor of Graft Poetry. Nicholas is himself a widely published poet, critic, and writer on educational issues.

General – 12 years and over.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Tapestry Weaving: Landscapes and Seascapes

Mar _3tapestryYork Explore Library :

Sat 3 Mar :

10.30am – 3.30pm :


This course is an introduction to the wonderful craft of woven tapestry.  Using landscapes and seascapes for design inspiration, students will learn traditional, simple and basic tapestry weaving techniques to create a small woven tapestry.

Following a brief introduction to weaving, I will show everyone how to put a cotton warp on a frame loom, demonstrate several simple weaving techniques and show how to colour blend wefts with wool yarns.

All materials will be provided and instructions and support given throughout the session.  Please bring along your own image of a landscape or seascape, or you can use the ones provided.  No experience necessary.  Beginners and experienced tapestry weavers are welcome.

To book a place please click here.

Inkwell Goes to the Zoo


York Explore Library :

Sat 24 Feb :

2.30pm – 3.30pm :


A FREE creative writing session for 5-12 year olds!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! From adventurous aardvarks to zany zebras, Inkwell needs your help rounding up all the animals of the zoo.

How many will you write about?

For more information please call York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

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.

If purchasing a YorkCard ticket please ensure you bring your card with you to the event.

To book tickets please click here.