What’s on in York: Ben Aaronovitch – Lies Sleeping

Nov _14Ben

York Explore Library :

Wed 14 Nov :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


Join us as we welcome Ben Aaronovitch to talk about his seventh Rivers of London Novel, Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleeping is the seventh novel in the best-selling Rivers of London urban fantasy series and we are delighted that its author Ben Aaronovitch is coming to York Explore on the week of publication to talk about it.
The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch….

Author’s Biography:

Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man either to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do, and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant and the first in the Rivers of London series. Lies Sleeping, the seventh is published on 13 November 2018

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What’s on in York – Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Writing York in the Eighteenth Century

Nov _13Nightmare

York Explore Library 

Tue 13 Nov 

6.00pm – 7.30pm 


Matt Haig’s blackly comic The Radleys taps into a rich strain of contradictions that have characterised representations of the city in literature since at least the eighteenth century. Showcasing a range of eighteenth-century accounts, from the novels and travel writing of Daniel Defoe to the prison poetry of James Montgomery, this talk will reveal that York was seen as simultaneously radical and conservative. It was a place where the transgression of traditional boundaries were both passionately advocated and fiercely policed. It was a field of dreams, and a heavily fortified prison. Together we will unpack these paradoxes and explore to the extent to which York’s history of literary representation continues to inform its literary future.

Author’s Biography:
Dr Adam James Smith is a Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University. Adam’s work explores the relationships between politics, news and literature, typically within the context of eighteenth-century print culture. His doctoral research examined eighteenth-century periodicals covertly sponsored by political parties. Subsequently, in 2016 he co-edited Poetry, Radicalism and Conspiracy in Sheffield, a volume of late eighteenth-century protest poetry. At York St John University, amongst other things, Adam lectures on science fiction and literary theory.

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What’s on in York: Peacetime Dringhouses

Oct _20Tea - Yortime

Dringhouses Library :

Tue 13 Nov :

6.00pm – 8.00pm :


Join the Friends of Dringhouses Library for a celebration of the end of the Great War in York, and the Dringhouses area in particular.

Sample wartime treats, see how you’d look in wartime dress, and get stuck into some fascinating local history.

Book through any Explore York Library or by Telephone (01904) 552674

What’s on in York: Ghost Walks

Nov _12GhostYork Explore Library :

Mon 12 & Thu 15 Nov :

6.00pm – 7.00pm :


With over 500 verified accounts of paranormal activity, York is the most haunted city in Europe.

During the evening walk you will hear about haunted places, headless ghosts, pestilence and plaintive cries as we wander around our narrow streets and into a few dark alleyways.

This is suitable for all ages and includes some kindly phantoms, too!

Author’s Biography:
Yorktour is the oldest walking tour company in the city

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What’s on in York: WWI Chocolate Letters Archives Hack

Oct _5WWI Ancestors - Yortime

York Explore Library :

Sun 11 – Sat 17 Nov :

Library Opening Times :


Artist Stephen Hodgkins brings Explore York’s unique collection of WWI Chocolate Letters to life on our interactive touch screen.

Come and interact with this fascinating collection of personal letters from York soldiers stationed across the world to the Lord Mayor and Sherriff and get an insight into the life and spirit of soldiers in those early months of the Great War.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s in in York – Deadly Fictions: Writing Horror and the Macabre with Naomi Booth Sponsored by York Literature Festival

Nov _9Deadly

York Explore Library :

Thu 8 Nov :

5.30pm -7.00pm :


A masterclass for writers who want to produce unsettling works of fiction. We’ll experiment with different approaches to the macabre, from Edgar Allan Poe’s formula for horror to contemporary versions of the uncanny. This will be a chance to experiment with new approaches, in order to inspire new pieces of writing or to help you develop work in progress. The class is suitable for new writers and those who are more experienced. You can expect a discussion of key writers and approaches, as well as some time to write and share work. We may discuss some gruesome topics—you have been warned!

Author’s Biography:
Dr Naomi Booth is an award-winning writer and academic who lives and works in York. Her first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2016. Her debut novel, Sealed (Dead Ink Books, 2017) is a horrifying tale of body mutation and environmental contamination, described by The Guardian as “not for the faint-hearted… a marvellous first novel”. Her uncanny short fiction, “Cluster” was long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018. Naomi is Subject Director of Creative Writing at York St John University.

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Family Day at Acomb Explore

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 3 Nov :

10.00am – 2.00pm :


Oct _30Family DayFun for all the family.

We will have lots of different activities you and an adult to try, including crafts and storytime.

Just drop in for one or stay longer and try them all!

We also have two other events on the same day

Minecraft Mastercrafter – Build a Haunted House

12pm – 2pm

pickaxe in minecraft designDo you have what it takes to become Minecraft Mastercrafter 2018?

Come along and build a creepy Minecraft haunted house complete with zombies, spiders and pumpkins! The event is free but booking at the library essential.

E-reading Explained!

10am – 11am

Join us for a whirlwind tour of all the many ways you can enjoy books and audiobooks on your digital device.

We’ll be demonstrating the best e-reading resources including Amazon, Kobo, Google Play Books and our very own Explore E-Library.

Booking at your local library essential.

To book tickets please call Acomb Explore Librray on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: York in the First World War – Family Session

Oct _20Tea - Yortime

York Explore Library :

Thu 1 Nov :

2.00pm – 3.00pm :


Using the fantastic new education packs developed by York Civic Trust and Explore York, learn about the impact of WWI on York and life during wartime using this wonderful new resource while enjoying the rare opportunity to interact with original archives from World War One.

Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 and their parents/carers. This event will take place in the Archives Reading Room at York Explore Library.

Free, but booking essential

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What’s on in York: The Worlds of Whedon

York Explore Library :

Thu 1 Nov :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Few television producers have had the impact and influence both on TV and the broader fabric of popular culture in the early 21st century than Joss Whedon.

From his iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to the complex Dollhouse; from creating universes entirely his own such as Firefly, to inhabiting the Marvel world as Executive Producer of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Whedon’s works have re-defined what long-form serial drama can do. He has done this against a backdrop of staggering technological, regulatory and financial change.

This talk Professor Matthew Pateman will celebrate, challenge, contest and debate this impact and legacy on 21st century televisual culture.

Author’s Biography:
Professor Matthew Pateman is the Head of the Media Department at Edge Hill University.
“I’ve made a career out of teaching, and writing about, the novels, poems, plays, films, TV shows, music, ideas, cultures and histories that enthrall, amuse, affect, delight, challenge, embolden and move me. This career has taken me around the UK and Europe, the USA and Canada, allowed me to teach in India, to meet heroes and icons. I have met and made friends with people of diverse backgrounds and differing aspirations whose minds have enriched mine, whose ideas have developed mine, whose generosity has thrilled me: these students and scholars – from Scarborough to Saskatoon; from Arkansas to Ahmedabad; from Oslo to Ormskirk – make each day a joy.”

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