What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Nick Allen, Katharine Goda and Pauline Kirk

Sep _29Find

York Explore Library :

Thu 27 Sep : 

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.
Nick Allen’s poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies – most recently, the Interpreter’s House, the Poetry Salzburg Review, Verse Matters and Un/Forced: a collection of writing from Rhubarb. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books of Otley, in October. He helps to organise the open mic evening, Rhubarb at the Triangle in Shipley, the last Wednesday of each month. He is a sub-editor with the on-line poetry magazine Algebra of Owls. He derives most of his sustenance from malt whisky and good espressos.

Katharine Goda writes poetry as a way of recording and reflecting on moments which would otherwise go unnoticed. Her work has appeared on the YorkMix poetry blog and been chosen for two Forward Poetry anthologies. She enjoys participating in Poetry Society stanza groups and workshops, volunteering with participatory arts organisations and running poetry writing sessions.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham, and now lives in York. She has had ten collections of poetry and six novels published, three under her own name, and four as PJ Quinn. Her most recent collection, Time Traveller, was published by Graft Poetry. She is Editor of Fighting Cock Press, and a member of the editorial group of Dream Catcher.

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

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What’s on in York: Dystopia and cake – Fiona Shaw discusses her latest novel, Outwalkers

Sep _27Fiona

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe :

Thu 27 Sep :

4.00pm – 5.30pm :


A future England, and Jake and his dog Jet are trying to reach Scotland. But nobody leaves England now, and there’s a border, and guards with guns, and the government has eyes everywhere.

Come and hear about Jake, Jet and the Outwalkers. And come and discuss what you think might happen in the future. And in case that all sounds too stressful, come and drink tea, and eat cake, because everything feels better with tea and cake.

Author’s Biography:

Fiona Shaw was born in London and studied at the University of York and the University of Sussex, completing her academic studies in York with a PhD on the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop.

She is the author of a memoir and five novels. She has been a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow, and has run a reading-round book group (also for the RLF). She is also a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria.

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What’s on in York: Good Grief Workshop

Sep _27Good

Acomb Explore Library :

Thu 27 Sep :

2.00pm – 4.00pm :


Grief, bereavement and loss are extremely hard to talk about…but they shouldn’t be!

Come together with professional artists and storytellers, to, share memories and find creative ways of expressing what has happened and who you are, through the arts.

This workshop is run by Next Door But One. All we ask is for you to bring an object that has a story attached to it (a photo, a song, a piece of jewellery, anything) and we will all make poems, art and music from it.

This is a free workshop, but please book.

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What’s on in York: Unfortunate Princes

Sep _27Princes

Fairfax House :

Thu 27 Sep :

7.00pm – 8.30pm :

£14.00 (Members: £12.00, Students: £8.00)

By 1745, the son of the deposed James II & VII, Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender, had been living in exile for over 55 years, firstly in France – ‘the support and shelter of unfortunate princes’ – and then Rome. This lecture will discuss the background and progress of the most famous attempt to restore the senior and Catholic branch of the Stuart Dynasty by the Old Pretender’s son Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie – during the turbulent years of 1745-6.

Dr Jacqueline Riding is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and alumna of the University of York (PhD). She is the author of the award-winning Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury 2016), trustee of the Jacobite Studies Trust and senior editor of Jacobite Studies (Manchester University Press).

Jaqueline Riding: http://www.jacquelineriding.com/

Twitter @jaqriding

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What’s on in York: The Gothic Home and Family

Sep _26Gothic

York Explore Library :

Wed 26 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


An introduction to the origins of the literary Gothic in eighteenth-century Britain, discussing how three particular novels helped to define the terms in which the home and family have subsequently been represented in Gothic literature, art and film.

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve and A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe demonstrate that the Gothic is nothing if not a self-referential mode, and this talk will be illustrated with literary and visual examples of its strange and (sometimes) funny as well as frightening metamorphoses over the past 250 years. Along the way it will ask what we mean when we refer to a cultural artefact as ‘Gothic’.

Author’s Biography:
Jim Watt teaches in the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. He is the author of Contesting the Gothic: Fiction, Genre and Cultural Conflict, 1764-1832 (Cambridge UP, 1999) and of essays and articles on the Gothic and other topics. His latest book British Orientalisms, 1759-1835 is forthcoming with Cambridge UP.

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What’s on in York: Waterstones Presents – An Evening with Sir Max Hastings

Sep _24Max

York Explore Library :

Mon 24 Sep :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Waterstones York are delighted to present author, journalist and broadcaster, Sir Max Hastings.

Sir Max will discuss his new book, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975, a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected.

No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ readers know so well. The author suggests that neither side deserved to win this struggle with so many lessons for the 21st century about the misuse of military might to confront intractable political and cultural challenges. He marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record.

Tickets available from Waterstones York

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What’s on in York: Meet Matt Haig – 2018 Big City Read author


York Explore Library :

Thu 20 Sep :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


Join us as we launch the Big City Read 2018 and hear Matt Haig discuss writing The Radleys and Reasons to Stay Alive. Matt will be in conversation with Rob O’Connor.

Matt Haig is a best-selling author who has written fiction for both children and adults and non-fiction for adults. His adult work focuses on the human condition in general and his own experience of dealing with mental health issues. Far from being bleak or depressing, his books are both witty and life-affirming and he is a strong advocate of the power of reading which makes him a perfect author for our Big City read. Matt’s most recent novel is the best-selling How to Stop Time and his new non-fiction work, Notes from a Nervous Planet, was published in July.

Matt lives in Brighton with his partner writer Andrea Semple and their children Lucas and Pearl.

YLFRob O’Connor is a board member for the York Literature Festival and was the festival director from 2016 – 2018. He also teaches literature and creative writing at York St John University and the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. His areas of research interest focuses on genre theories, science fiction and fantasy, contemporary fiction, and creative writing

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What’s on in York: Michael Arditti – Of Men and Angels

Sep 13_Michael

York Explore Library :

Thu 13th Sep :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


God’s vengeance on the wicked city of Sodom is a perennial source of fascination and horror.  Michael Arditti’s passionate and enthralling new novel explores the enduring power of the myth in five momentous epochs.   A young Judean exile transcribes the Acts of Abraham and Lot in ancient Babylon; the Guild of Salters presents a mystery play of Lot’s Wife in medieval York;   Botticelli paints the Destruction of Sodom for a court in Renaissance Florence;  a bereaved rector searches for the Cities of the Plain in nineteenth century Palestine;  a closeted gay movie star portrays Lot in a controversial biblical epic in 1980s Hollywood.

Author’s Biography:
Michael Arditti is the prize-winning author of ten works of fiction. Easter won the Waterstones Award and was longlisted for the Costa Award. Unity was shortlisted for the Wingate Award and Pagan and her Parents was shortlisted for the Lambda Award in the US. Widows and Orphans, Arditti’s last novel, was published to great critical acclaim in 2014.

He is currently the theatre critic for the Sunday Express. He lives in North London.

This event will take place in the Marriott Room.

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