What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Charlotte Eichler, Sally Goldsmith and John Whale

Finding The Words

York Explore Library

Thu 16 Nov

6.45pm – 8.00pm

£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.

Charlotte Eichler grew up in Hertfordshire and now lives near Leeds. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Agenda, The Interpreter’s House, The Rialto, and The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts. She was recently awarded a year’s mentoring with Vahni Capildeo by Poetry London magazine, and her first pamphlet will be published by Valley Press in 2018.

Sally Goldsmith As well as a poet Sally is a songwriter, historian, utopian, environmentalist and an amateur naturalist. She’s also written scripts in verse, had songs and poems inside dramas on Radio 4 and a musical feature – about the Izal medicated toilet roll. She’s won two Sony Radio awards. Her first publication was Singer which was one of the winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Michael Longley. In 2013 Smith/Doorstop published her first full length collection, Are We There Yet? She lives on the edge of Sheffield near the Peak District.

Twitter: @salthepoet

Are We There Yet? poetry collection published by Smith/Doorstop and available from:

John Whale was born in Liverpool and is a co-editor of the international journal Stand. He has published two collections under the Northern House imprint with Carcanet, Waterloo Teeth (2010) and Frieze (2013). The former was shortlisted for the Forward Prize best first collection. He is currently working on a third volume which, once again, explores the connections between history, the body, and the natural world.



In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: (01904) 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk


What’s on in York, Poetry Workshop with Anna Woodford

York Explore Library :

Thu 28 Sep :

2.30pm – 4.30pm :


Sept _28Anna WoodfordAnna Woodford – creator of the exhibition T(here) on display at York Explore – invites you to join her for this informal creative writing workshop exploring freedom. Beginners and experienced writers welcome.

We will be exploring freedom to travel with our bodies and our minds in this lively informal creative writing workshop We will also be looking at free writing and poems on freedom by writers from Jack Mapanje to Emily Dickinson. Please come along whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer. Bring a pen, paper and a sense of adventure!

Anna Woodford’s poetry collection Birdhouse (Salt,2010) was a winner of the Crashaw Prize. The Guardian included Birdhouse in a round-up of poetry books of the year and Grazia called it ‘quite quite wonderful’.

Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, the Rialto and Poetry London. She has also been anthologised in The Forward Book of Poems of the Year.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary Celebration

York Explore Library

Sat 29 Apr

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Apr _29 Greyhen Logo (2)Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Joy Howard, Pauline Kirk and Josie Walsh will read selected poems from Grey Hen anthologies.

Grey Hen Press was set up to showcase the work of older women poets by publishing themed anthologies. Over 140 poets have appeared in the ten publications to date.

Refreshments including tea, coffee, soft drinks and wine will be available, and the event is free.The event will take place in The Marriott Room

‘Nothing mimsy about these poems by older women. Fierce, funny, disturbing and fairly vicious. Lovely.’ Michele Hanson

‘Seriously good poetry…the fruit of long-life experience – brave writing, full of love and subversive wit and lyricism.’ R V Bailey

‘An A–Z of women poets whose formidable eye and instinct for pithy observation make this required reading for all ages’ Penelope Shuttle.

For more information about this event please pop in to York Explore Library, call us on (01904 552828) or email york@exploreyork.org.uk.