What’s on in York: A Harvest of Words

Wednesday February 12th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Free

The Bootham Writers’ Group launch their second anthology.

Seven writers from the Bootham Writers’ Group read from their new anthology. An interesting and often amusing mix of memoir, poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. Copies of the anthology and other recent publications from the group will be available for sale.

What’s on in York: Nuisance Inspector – A live audio drama by Paul Birch

February 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Free

Extra date after two hugely successful sell out shows.

“I was blown away with the creativity of the event and production.”

“I was thoroughly immersed.”

“A significant success.”

Experience a sinister slice of York’s history by joining us for a live retelling of the drama behind the Hungate Clearances.

More details https://nuisanceinspector.eventbrite.co.uk

Where York Explore, Library Square, York YO1 7DS

When Saturday 8 February – Show starts at 7.30pm.

Doors open at 7.00pm.

Please arrive in good time for start of the show.

Entry FREE suitable for age 11 upwards

Booking Tickets available www.nuisance-inspector.eventbrite.co.uk

What’s on in York: Ira Wolf – Live in Libraries York

Friday February 7th @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ira Wolf

A sensational coup for our Live in Libraries York season of intimate concerts.

Ira Wolf was named one of Spotify’s ‘Best of Folk/Americana 2016’ and ‘Fresh Folk, Best of 2017’ artists.

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What’s on in York: Haven’t they grown with Sophie Hannah

Tang Hall Explore at The Centre @ Burnholme

Friday 31st January 2020

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

£6

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oin Sophie Hannah as she discusses her latest psychological suspense thriller, Haven’t They Grown.

Explore York in partnership with Fox Lane Books and York Literature Festival presents Sophie Hannah, described in The Times as ‘one of the great unmissables of the genre –intelligent, classy, and with a wonderfully gothic imagination’ at Tang Hall Explore at The Centre@Burnholme on 31st January 2020

Haven’t They Grown

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows that her former best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora Braid for twelve years.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside Flora’s house and watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except…

There’s something terribly wrong.

Flora looks the same, only older – just as Beth would have expected. It’s the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Beth hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older.

Why haven’t they grown?

What’s on in York: Adventures in the Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov and me

Wednesday January 29th 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
£5
Why is Anton Chekhov so beloved and called “the father of the modern theatre”? Helen Wilson of York Settlement Community Players will explain why through anecdotes and a little biography; casting a light on why he called his plays comedies.

Come and toast Chekhov’s 160th birthday with a glass of vodka or wine. Be entertained by extracts of his work from the cast of The Seagull (27th February – 7th March at York Theatre Royal). As she directs the fourth of his major plays Helen shares her enthusiasm for a great Russian dramatist.

To book tickets for The Seagull production at York Theatre Royal visit: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-seagull/

To book tickets for this event, Helen’s talk on Anton Chekhov, please press the booking button.

What’s on in York: Finding the words – Stanza Showcase

York Explore

23rd January 2020

@ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm 

Free

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Members of York Stanza

Twelve poets from York’s renowned Stanza Group to entertain and enthral you.

Carole Bromley is the York Stanza rep. Latest publication, Sodium 136 (Calder Valley).Janet Dean is a novelist, playwright and poet living in York.Joseph Chaplain is an unpublished poet currently living in the Peak District.Mary Ann Dearlove is always travelling and likes to write about her experiences in far off places.Melody Clarke is a fresh, new, contemporary, untrodden, recent, modish York Stanza member who owns a thesaurus.Miles Salter sings, writes and likes cheese.Nairn Kennedy lives in Leeds.Nick Boreham has been longlisted for the National Poetry Prize and his poems have appeared in a range of magazines.Patrick Lodge is an Irish-Welsh poet living in Yorkshire whose latest collection is “Remarkable Occurrences” ( Valley Press, 2019).Phil Connolly has been enjoying himself at the Stanza for several years now and is looking forward to hearing everyone’s poems and reading a couple himself.Richard Carpenter writes poems and plants trees.Rob Miles is a Leeds-based multi-award winning poet, widely published in magazines and anthologies.Finding the Words is our monthly poetry evening featuring poets from Yorkshire and beyond. Discover new poetry in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Bar available. Booking advised.

York Explore Phone:01904 552828 Email:york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: A city wide programme of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in York

York will host multiple events throughout the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered each year on 27 January, when Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated in 1945.
York’s official programme for ‘Stand Together’ has now been published and is available online at www.york.gov.uk/HolocaustMemorialDay.

The city-wide programme explores how genocide throughout history has fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, to speak out against oppression.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend a number of talks, tailored events, community projects and commemorations taking place in various venues throughout York.

On Thursday 23 January, York Minster will host the powerful 600 Candles event, a candle lit ceremony of commemoration and reflection from 6:15pm till 7:30pm.

This will be followed by the annual Civic event, which will be held on Monday 27 January at Temple Hall, York St John University, hosted by the Lord Mayor of York and Civic Party.

The diverse programme of events also includes a Time for Reflection at St Martin’s Church, on Holocaust Memorial Day and Clifford’s Tower Commemoration, on Thursday 16 March, to honour the 1190 massacre of York’s Jewish population; in addition to several events throughout January at the University of York and York St John University.

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day and national events, visit: www.hmd.org.uk

What’s on in York: Launch of Carole Bromley’s pamphlet, ‘Sodium 136’

Thursday January 16th 
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm 
Free
Three great readers for the price of one. Better still, it’s free! Join us for the launch of Carole Bromley’s new Calder Valley Press pamphlet, Sodium 136.  Carole will be joined by Emma Storr and Stuart Pickford.

Carole Bromley is well known on the York poetry scene. She has three full length collections with Smith/Doorstop and her new pamphlet, from Calder Valley Press, concerns her recent experience of brain surgery.

‘This is not just a record of physical suffering – it is a powerful and profoundly intelligent exploration of grief, gratitude, fear, love, and joy. Poetry at its best’ (Clare Shaw)

 ‘These are remarkable, extraordinary poems’ (Peter Sansom)

Stuart Pickford is a keen runner and will be reading about his hobby. His latest book is Swimming with Jellyfish from smith/doorstop.

Emma Storr’s background is medical. She lives in Leeds and is a member of the Leeds Writers Circle and the Wharfedale Poets. Her work has appeared in the Hippocrates Anthologies 2016 and 2018 and Strix magazine. Her debut pamphlet Heart Murmur was published in May 2019 by Calder Valley Poetry. It features poems based on her experience working as a GP and explores the workings of the body and mind in varied and humorous ways.

Admission is free, but booking is strongly advised as we expect this event to be very popular.