What’s on in York: Routes to Becoming a Novelist

Acomb Explore Library

October 11th @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Explore ways of establishing yourself as a novelist via an ‘apprenticeship’, writing short stories, getting publications in small-press anthologies, becoming involved in writing communities and more.

Join York SF writer Tim Major as he guides you through getting your work published. Tom’s most recent novel is Snakeskins and his stories have appeared in Best of British SF and Best Horror.


What’s on in York: Sarah Maine – Women of the Dunes

Fulford Library

October 10th @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Women of the Dunes was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month in March 2019.
Join author Sarah Maine as she talks about her award-winning novels and their rugged atmospheric Scottish settings.

Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada, returning to the UK for university where she studied archaeology. She now works as a freelance researcher, lecturer and writer, combining an interest in the past with a love of travel and an outdoor life. She is the author of three historical novels set in Scotland, The House Between Tides, Beyond the Wild River and Women of the Dunes.


What’s on in York: Remarkable Occurrences – Circumnavigate the World with Captain Cook

York Explore Library

October 3rd @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm


Sail with Cook at a reading of Remarkable Occurrences – Patrick Lodge’s third collection of poetry including a sequence celebrating Cook’s first voyage. York musician Judith Haswell provides appropriate musical interventions.

Between 1768 and 1771, Cook circumnavigated the world in a refitted Whitby-built collier, re-named the HMB Endeavour. Ostensibly to view the transit of Venus across the Sun from a vantage point in the South Seas, Cook’s secret instructions required him to search for a mythical southern continent. In so doing he sailed around and New Zealand as well as mapping the west coast of Australia. It was probably the greatest feat of seamanship the world had seen since the original navigation from Polynesia of the ancestors of the Maori.
Patrick Lodge’s third collection of poetry from Valley Press – Remarkable Occurrences- takes as its title the title of Cook’s journal of the first Endeavour voyage. The second half of the collection comprises a long sequence of poems celebrating Cook’s voyage. Not a history, a narrative nor a biography, the poetry is a personal reaction to Cook’s, to paraphrase the captain of starship Enterprise, boldly going where no –one had gone before.
Patrick Lodge will be reading from the sequence and other poems from the collection. He will be accompanied by the accomplished York-based multi-instrumentalist, Judith Haswell in a musical/poetical collaboration celebrating Cook’s voyage.


What’s on in York: The moment that gets you in – Poetry workshop with John Foggin

York Explore Library

October 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


“Everything ..depends on the quality of the moment; whatever kind of poem it is, it’s the moment that gets you in.” Clive James

A poetry workshop that will offer moments to ignite your own poems, and help you to find your own
A fast moving practical workshop which will focus on memory – of sight, sound, touch and empathy as the basis for re-imagining those moments that are significant, around which a poem can grow.
You’ll explore the elements that dramatise a poem – the who, the where, the when, the what and the why – and use imaginative memory to recreate and share them.
In two packed hours you’ll do five or six writing tasks; you’ll be offered lines to start you up, and structures to keep you going; if you want to you’ll have a chance to share some of your writing, and to recognise when you’ve created those moments that ‘get you in’.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an established writer or a beginner. When we look at that blank page, we’re all equal. You won’t have time to worry about it.

John Foggin is a prize-winning poet, and writer about the teaching of writing.
His work has appeared in The North, Magma and The interpreters house, and in anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry [2015, 2018].
In 2016 he was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins.
He has published five pamphlets and two collections of poetry. His new pamphlet Dark watchers is published by Calder Valley Poetry [June 2019].
More than 75% of his published poems started life in workshops; he says that if he didn’t go to them he probably wouldn’t sit down and write.

The workshop is presented in partnership with York Literature Festival


What’s on in York: In conversation with Anna Potter – The Flower Fix

York Explore Library

September 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


A conversation and demonstration with Swallows and Damsons founder, Anna Potter.
Fox Lane Books and York Explore bring you Swallows and Damsons founder, and author of The Flower Fix, Anna Potter. We’ll be chatting to Anna as she demonstrates her floral-design skills, and talking all things floristry and learning more about Anna’s unique approach.
Founder of Swallows and Damsons in Sheffield, Anna’s originality and quirky approach to floral art has attracted thousands of followers on Instagram.
There will be the opportunity for questions as well as the demonstration making use of seasonal and local flowers.
Anna’s book, The Flower Fix, will be available to buy and have signed at the event.
There will also be raffle tickets for the chance to win Anna’s demonstration bouquet. 


What’s on in York: Edwina Hayes – Live at York Explore Library

Fri, 20th September 2019

19:00 – 22:00 BST


Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’.

Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.

Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour and as well as touring with Jools Holland, Van Morrison and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters.

Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina’s second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.


What’s on in York: A Chapter of Woe – the Battle of Myton-on-Swale, 1319

York Explore Library

Thursday 19th September 2019

18:15 – 19:45


On 20 September 1319 William Melton, archbishop of York, hastily assembled clergymen and local officials. His army headed north from York to take a Scottish invasion force under Robert Bruce. The result – a pitched battle at Myton on the River Swale – which saw the archbishop’s force routed, caused the death of so many clergymen that the Scots later called the battle “The Chapter of Myton”.

In this lecture Dr Paul Dryburgh introduces one of the most calamitous but least known battles of the Anglo-Scots wars and looks at how the northern Church coped with the Scots’ military supremacy.