What’s on in York: State of Crisis – a book launch with author Richard Drysdale

July _19 State Of Crisis Richard Drysdale

York Explore Library

Thu 19 Jul

6.30pm – 7.30pm


Who would attempt to subvert an independent nation? How would they go about it?

Join author Richard Drysdale for a talk on his latest political thriller State of Crisis, the sequel to State of Emergency, set in near future Scotland. There will be chance to ask questions about the new novel and the author’s writing experience afterwards.

This is a free event. There is no need to book.

For further information please call us on 01904 552828 or email york@exploreyork.org.uk or pop in and speak with a member of staff.

What’s on in York: Laura Lippman and Alafair Burke – For one night only

Laura _alafair

York Explore Library :

Wed 18 Jul :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


Good friends Laura Lippman and Alafair Burke are coming over from the States and will be stopping off in York for one night only. They will be discussing writing psychological thrillers American style

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Her latest book is Sunburn. A woman walks out on her family and appears in a new town with a new job and a new friend who knows more about her than any new friend should. How many times has she done this before and who are the shadowy figures so interested in her whereabouts?

Alafair Burke is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 novels, including her latest, The Wife. A woman marries a brilliant economics professor, seizing the chance to leave her tragic past behind. Six years later everything begins to unravel when an accusation against her husband forces her to decide whether she can afford to support him and risk her past being revealed.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Discover Mobile Internet @ Acomb Library

Jul _18Mobile

Acomb Explore Library :

Wed 18 Jul :

1.00pm – 2.00pm :


In this hour-long session, we’ll demonstrate the best ways to manage your mobile data, connect to public WiFi and avoid all the pitfalls of using data-draining apps on the go!

For more information please call Acomb Explore Library on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: A Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop with writer Maria Stephenson

May _22 Maria Stephenson Poetry

York Explore Library

Sun 15 Jul

1.15pm – 3.15pm


Join author, poet and creative writing teacher Maria Stephenson for a poetry workshop where you can explore the benefits of cathartic writing.  Our poetry is often written for ourselves and will never see the light of day but sometimes, we realise that as well as helping ourselves, our words can move and inspire others.  This is the essence of Maria’s collection ‘Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something’ (Stairwell Books) which chronicles the escape from an abusive marriage towards living again, also shining a light onto on-line dating experiences.  She will read from her collection and talk about the path to publication during the creative writing workshop included in the event. (more…)

Fossbank skatepark privatised

According to the Council, “social entrepreneurs are taking over a York skatepark to give it a bright new future – and are inviting residents to a free trial”.

“In an innovative move, City of York Council has entered into an agreement with a social enterprise to breathe new life into Zoo Skatepark as it’s to be known – and local skaters are invited to come and try it out.

The park, located under Sainsbury’s car park on Foss Bank, is to be taken over by Zoo Skatepark Ltd.

The agreement has ensured that the skatepark will stay open to young people and skate sport enthusiasts from across York.  (more…)

What’s on in York: Summer Reading Challenge Launch

Jul _14SRC

York Explore Library

Sat 14 Jul

10.30am – 4.30pm


Start: Sign Up 10.30                                  Finish: Sign Up 4.30

Drop in Activities 12.00                              Drop in Activities 4.00

Mask Making bookable 1.00 & 2.30          Mask Making bookable 2.00 & 3.30

Everyone welcome!

Sign up for the Summer Reading challenge. Book onto one of our 2 sessions Mask Making Mischief with Kathryn Richardson. Why not drop in and take part in a Map Attack and build York out of Lego and visit our Mischief Maker Space and try out Bloxels, stop-motion animation apps, Minecraft and more.

If you can’t get to this event you can still sign up for the Challenge at any Explore York Library between 14th July and 15th September.

Book in person at any library or call (01904) 552828

What’s on in York: Beyond the Academy – Recognising Women’s History in York

Jul _7Vote

York Explore Library 

Sat 7 Jul 

1.00pm – 3.30pm 


Join us as Explore supports Beyond the Vote!

Students reading English Literature and History at York St John University have been researching women’s history at York Explore Archives over the spring semester. This exhibition and talk will uncover some of the documents and figures that they have encountered. The archives of the City of York, now housed in York Explore Library, holds an incredible collection of original documents revealing the lives, work, and contributions of women in York over the course of its history. Come along to learn more about women’s lives in York, from medieval to modern times. The exhibition will be hosted by Dr Kaley Kramer (Sheffield Hallam University) and Laura Yeoman, Access Archivist at York Explore.

To book tickets please click here.