What’s on in York: Concert – Alphabet Soup Made In Britain

Fairfax House :

Sat 27 May :

7.30pm – 9.00pm :

£14 & concessions

May _27AlphabetA is for Thomas Arne,
B is for Richard Rodney Bennett…
E is for Sir Edward Elgar.

An A to Z tour of composers of The British Isles from the past 800 years…

Ad Hoc returns with their customary eclectic mix of music, and invite you to share in an evening of alphabetical delights celebrating music Made in Britain.

Frances Brock, Sue Lindley and John Gill are joined by guests Rosy Jamieson, mezzo-soprano, and Alasdiar Jamieson, Bass and Keyboard.

Tickets £14.00
Members & Friends of Fairfax House £12.00 (Includes wine reception at the interval)

Tickets for events can be purchased from the Fairfax House museum shop during opening hours or by ringing (01904) 655543

What’s on in York – Finding the words with poets Zelda Chappell, Katie Greenbrown and David Wilson

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 May :

7.00pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

MAY Three PoetsFinding 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.

Zelda Chappell is a poet, editor and artist. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, both online and in print. Her debut collection, The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, was published by Bare Fiction in July 2015. She is the co-curator and editor of the multi-arts journal Elbow Room and independent micro-publisher As Yet Untitled, publishing books by artists and writers but not quite as you know them.

Katie Greenbrown  I’m a York-based spoken word poet writing and sharing whimsical, beautiful, quirky and funny work at Open Mics and DiY events around the city. I was November 2016’s Say Owt Slam winner and will be performing for the Theatre Royal later this year with Kate Fox.

David Wilson lives in Harrogate and has been an active climber for many years, in the UK, Alps and further afield. His debut collection ‘Slope’ was published as a pamphlet last year by Smith/Doorstop. The poems celebrate what makes climbing a compulsion whilst exploring parallel themes of risk, loss and motivation.Paul Muldoon called David’s poem ‘Everest’ ‘a brilliantly imagistic rendering of a place’. And a review of ‘Slope by the Editor of ‘Climb’

Tickets cost £3 (or £2 with a York Card).


In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Community Archives Month event with Dringhouses Local History Group

Dringhouses Library :
Tue 23 May :
9.30am – 5.30pm :

May _23Samuel Parsons MaoJoin the Dringhouses Local History Group all day, and look at the best of their archives, as part of Community Archives Month.

Learn more about the local area, from Colonel Wilkinson to the ‘Knares Mire’. Colonel George Alexander Eason Wilkinson, last Lord of the Manor of Dringhouses, was born 25 Feb 1860 and inherited the Manor of Dringhouses in 1881. Fought in South African War and WW1, with distinction. On his death in 1941, he gave Dringhouses Library to the Council and people of Dringhouses in a Deed of Gift.

Bring your local history queries and perhaps buy a copy of the fascinating ‘Discovering Dringhouses 2: More Aspects of a Local History’ or the 1624 Samuel Parson’s map of Dringhouses.

All day session, just drop in.

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout

York Explore Library :

Tue 23 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


May _23 Elizabeth StroutElizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author of My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kitteridge, joins us to discuss her new collection of short stories, Anything is Possible.

In this new work, we are again with Lucy Barton as she imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers and the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone?

She will be discussing her wonderful catalogue of fiction and reading extracts from her new book.

Tickets are available from Waterstones on (01904) 620784 or www.waterstones.com.

What’s on in York: Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave at York Minster

  • 10th Jun 17



The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won the Second World War, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

In his latest novel, he turns his attentions to Italy and the machinations of the Vatican following the death of a fictional Pope. Set over the three days between the death of a Pope and the election of his successor, it raises issues about human ambition, politics, power, God, faith, terrorism, religious extremism, gender, sexuality, and much more. Such issues will be explored not only through talks and discussion, but also by engaging with objects from the Minster’s priceless historic Collection – a rare opportunity to see some things that are not readily accessible to the general public for much of the time.

Prior reading of the novel is not essential, although revealing the various twists and turns of the plot will be an inevitable and unavoidable part of the event.

10.00am to 4pm Upper Hall Old Palace, Dean’s Park, York.  (2 sessions Saturday 10th & 17th June 2017).

Please note there is no lift access to the lecture theatre.  Please bring your own lunch.

Prices: £10 per day, £15 for both sessions   Over 65s £8 per day, £12 for both sessions   NUS £7 per day, £10 for both sessions  (Select both sessions with relevant price type & the discount will apply automatically at the basket),

What’s on in York: Shakespeare Week at Dringhouses Library

Dringhouses Library :

Mon 22 – Sat 27 May :


ShakespeareAs part of the York international Shakespeare Festival, Dringhouses Library is having Shakespeare Week.

See an exhibition of local artist Ben Sawyer’s amusing Shakespeare-inspired comic-strips all week.

Zounds, Alack, and By My Troth is a weekly series of comic strips inspired by the works of William Shakespeare and drawn in old school black and white penciling. The site features pastiches of famous moments, illustrated sonnets and the continuing adventures of Will himself as he tries to get by as a jobbing Tudor playwright – aided and abetted by the mysterious wild-haired woman known only as The Lady.

Join us for some Shakespeare style songs and stories at our under 5s storytimes at 11am on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27, and sign up for our Shakespeare-a-thon on Tuesday 23 May, where we try to fill the building with Shakespeare’s timeless words all day – sign up at the library for a time-slot.

The Shakespeare-a-thon will be on all day Tuesday – come along and read some of Shakespeare’s fabulous work. Choose an extract from his 38 plays, sonnets, or poems, and read for 5-10 minutes. Sign up for a timeslot in advance or just turn up on the day. Help us to fill the library with Shakespeare’s wonderful words all day.

Come to our launch event then please come along during normal library opening times for our Shakespeare week long events.

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.