What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Malcolm Carson, Lydia Kennaway and Vicky Morris

May 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

£3

Finding the Words is a relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening featuring established and emerging poets from Yorkshire and beyond. Bar available and tickets may be bought on the door.

Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. He moved to Belfast with his family before returning to Lincolnshire, becoming an auctioneer and then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in colleges and universities. He now lives in Carlisle, Cumbria. He has had three full collections published by Shoestring Press: Breccia (2006), Rangi Changi and other poems (2011), and Route Choice (2016), as well as a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris (2014). A fourth collection, The Where and When, is due out in March 2019.

Lydia Kennaway’s pamphlet, A History of Walking (HappenStance, April 2019), uses types of walking, from protest march to promenade, to explore themes of ownership, loss and fear of loss. She won the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, and her poems were shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize, and longlisted in the 2018 Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and (three times) in the National Poetry Competition. Other poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Rialto and Any Change? Poetry in a Hostile Environment, edited by Ian Duhig (2018). Lydia completes her MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University in September 2019

Vicky Morris is a poet, educator and creative practitioner based in Sheffield. She has been published in places like Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, and Verse Matters anthology (Valley Press). She won first place in the Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and was highly commended in the Carers UK Poetry Competition 2017. Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and in 2019 The Sarah Nutly Award for Creativity for her impact in Sheffield and beyond. She is currently an Arvon Jerwood mentee for Poetry (2019/20)

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Date:May 23

Time:6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Cost:£3

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What’s on in York: Remembering the Good Old Days at Acomb Explore today

May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Free

Have a cup of tea and a chat about the good old days. A friendly, informal session, we will watch film footage from the past and talk about our memories.

What could be nicer than a cup of tea and a chat about the good old days? Come and join our free, friendly, informal session. We will watch film footage from the last 70 years and talk about what we remember doing when we younger. Suitable for any age. You will soon be chatting away like old friends!

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Date: May 21

Time:10:00 am – 11:00 am

York Learning celebrates local art with Inspirations exhibit

City of York Council’s York Learning is hosting the annual Inspirations exhibit to celebrate the work of new learners from York Learning’s Drawing, Painting & Watercolour classes.

Inspirations is hosted at York Explore Library from Friday 3 May until Sunday 2 June.

York Learning provides residents with the opportunity to work with qualified tutors to express themselves creatively in a group learning environment.

The creative programme offers regular classes on a term basis, a variety of one day workshops and two community arts projects yearly. Workshops scheduled for autumn and winter include contemporary oil painting, wood carving and, gold and silver leaf gilding.

To view the full range of courses available at York Learning, visit: www.yortime.org.uk, email: york.learning@york.gov.uk or call on 01904 552806.

What’s on in York: Bomb Happy D-Day – A play about ordinary men in extraordinary times

by Everwitch Theatre

14th, 15th and 16th June

York Army Museum, 3A Tower Street, York. YO1 9SB

“I haven’t seen anybody dead before and we’re in the water, wading to the shore and we’re literally brushing against… bodies rolling in the surf…eighteen, nineteen year olds…people that we know…”

Bomb Happy evocatively brings to life the verbatim memories of the last five York Normandy Veterans who, as young lads from York, Leeds, Sheffield and London, find themselves part of one of the most important military operations in World War Two.

Told in their own words, Bomb Happy follows each Veteran’s unique journey from D-Day to VE Day highlighting the lifelong impact of post traumatic stress disorder.

Meet the Veterans- a unique opportunity to meet York’s remaining D-Day Veterans, including one or two of the real men behind the stories in Bomb Happy, alongside their wives & widows, after the show!

“ Bomb Happy is a verbatim victory….What we see on stage are not worldly-wise old men reminiscing about the past but boys shipped to an unknown land being confronted with the carnage of the battlefield. 5 star Review, Broadway Baby

“…it would be hard to imagine a more emotional experience at any Yorkshire theatre this season.” Charles Hutchinson, York Press

” This play about ordinary men in extraordinary times deserves a much wider audience…This really is a must see play, which will stay with you forever.” Paul Reed, BBC Historian, The World at War

“An incredibly powerful and moving piece. Brilliant cast. Veterans story told in their own words. Do please see it if you can.” Neil Foster, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Leeds

Suitable Age 12+