Saturday December 14th
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Launch event for anthology of short stories and poems inspired by York’s own King Richard III, with a Foreword by Philippa Langley, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
Sixteen international authors have collaborated on a second anthology of short stories and poetry inspired by Richard III, the king who called York ‘home’. Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, with a Foreword by Philippa Langley, who found the king’s grave in 2012 after 500 years, is being sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK), which aids people with the same spinal condition as King Richard. The book will be officially launched by six of the authors, including one from the USA, promising talks, Q&As, and readings and signings of their work. Everyone is welcome to this free event.
Saturday December 14th
@ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
One snowy Christmas eve, there’s a knock at Kitty’s window. Wow, it’s Santa! And he’s here to whisk her away on a truly spectacular adventure! Join in as award-winning TV correspondent and local author Catherine Jacob reads her super fun picture book and gets us to turn into characters in her story. Suitable for age 4-8 and their families. Free, booking required for children over 12 months of age.
St James the Deacon, Sherringham Drive from 2:00pm on Sunday
Residents are being invited to a special memorial service in the chapel of Bishopthorpe Crematorium this weekend.
The annual service looks to bring comfort and remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.
This year it will take place on Sunday 8 December at 12.30pm and will last for around 30 minutes.
The service has been held at the crematorium for the past 15 years and this non-religious ceremony is open to everyone. It will be led by the crematorium chaplain, The Revd. Allan Hughes.
Names of loved ones will be read out and remembered.
Thursday December 5th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A return of former journalists John Wheatcroft and Alan Smith in conversation with Alan Gillott about their latest novels exploring sex, death, and romantic love: no fools like old fools.
Alan Smith and John Wheatcroft bring their experience as journalists and prison teachers to their new novels, Virginia, and Rocket Boy. Virginia is an actor whose lover Dan dies slowly and awfully, leaving her wishing him both alive and dead; until she meets Hank, who is also trapped between lives. In Rocket Boy, Simon Waiters’ life is defined by a childhood meeting with Yuri Gagarin; revisiting his past, and lost loves, sounds dangerous but could just be the break he needs. Alan and John discuss their books with Stairwell publisher Alan Gillott.
Tuesday December 3rd
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for a peek inside The Quality Street factory with author Penny Thorpe whose novel The Quality Street Girls is just out in paperback.
What is Christmas without Quality Street? And who better to let us into the secret of Quality Street than Penny Thorpe?
Penny was the company archivist for Nestlé for over 10 years. She has amassed a wealth of stories about the manufacture of chocolate in York and the people involved in the industry. She is writing a series of novels, under the pen name Penny Thorpe, based on her knowledge and experience, the first of which is The Quality Street Girls.