What’s on in York: York Literature Festival at York Explore Library


Presents Joy Rhoades & Elizabeth Buchan

Date: Thu 8 Mar
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £7

Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades have both written acclaimed novels set in the shadow of the Second World War. Join them as they discuss the fact and fiction of the war and the stories that inspire their writing.


Presents Class Murder with Leigh Russell: Ten Stops in Ten Cities

Date: Sun 18 Mar
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Cost: £5

Join Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Detective Geraldine Steel mysteries, and Anna Wallace, from BBC Radio York.


Presents Little Nephews

Date: Mon 19 Mar
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £5

Adam Stock examines why we continue to be fascinated by Nineteen-Eighty Four and why it is still so relevant in 21st century


Presents Carole Bromley & Anneliese Emmans Dean

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4

Join Carole Bromley and Anneliese Emmans Dean for a fun-filled morning of listening to and writing fantastic poems.


Presents A P Winter: The Boy Who Went Magic

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Cost: £4

Join AP Winter, author of rip-roaring fantasy adventure, The Boy Who went Magic  for magic, spooky chat and some hands on creative writing.


Presents a Historical Fiction Panel with Sarah Maine, Pamela Hartshorne and Tim Murgatroyd

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Cost: £6

Three York-based writers discuss their work and the art of writing engaging historical fiction.


What’s on in York: Time Turned Around

Mar _7 Time Turned AroundYork Explore Library :

Wed 7 Mar :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Pauline Kirk and Andrew Boobier have strong connections with York. They have appeared at festivals and events throughout Yorkshire, and are well known as effective performers as well as skilful poets. In an informal event they will read from their new collections, ‘Time Traveller’ and ‘Kong King’, published in late 2017 by Graft Poetry. Both often write about Time, how its passing affects us, and how we visualise the past and future. They will talk about their work and invite questions from the audience. Nicholas Bielby, Editor of Graft Poetry, will also explain why he chose to publish their books.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham and travelled widely before settling in York. She has had 11 poetry collections published and six novels, three written with her daughter as PJ Quinn. She is editor of Fighting Cock Press.

Andrew Boobier lived in York for five years, gaining a First from York University. He now lives in North Yorkshire. His work has been widely published in the UK and US. He is also a keen musician, one of his compositions being broadcast on Radio 3 in 2017. Both are members of the acclaimed Pennine Poets group, as is Nicholas Bielby, editor of Graft Poetry. Nicholas is himself a widely published poet, critic, and writer on educational issues.

General – 12 years and over.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Tapestry Weaving: Landscapes and Seascapes

Mar _3tapestryYork Explore Library :

Sat 3 Mar :

10.30am – 3.30pm :


This course is an introduction to the wonderful craft of woven tapestry.  Using landscapes and seascapes for design inspiration, students will learn traditional, simple and basic tapestry weaving techniques to create a small woven tapestry.

Following a brief introduction to weaving, I will show everyone how to put a cotton warp on a frame loom, demonstrate several simple weaving techniques and show how to colour blend wefts with wool yarns.

All materials will be provided and instructions and support given throughout the session.  Please bring along your own image of a landscape or seascape, or you can use the ones provided.  No experience necessary.  Beginners and experienced tapestry weavers are welcome.

To book a place please click here.