What’s on York: Finding the Words with Suzanne Batty, Jane Burn and Keith Hutson

York Explore Library

October 24th @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

 £5

Finding the Words is a relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening featuring established and emerging poets from Yorkshire and beyond.

Suzanne Batty’s most recent poetry collection States of Happiness (Bloodaxe Books 2018) begins with an extended sequence exploring her relationship with her twin sister, from their shared birth to her twin’s death from a rare genetic disease. The collection probes her primary concerns – the uncertainty and necessity of love and the drive to find meaning and healing through language. The search for states of happiness, no matter how fleeting, is at the heart of this collection.

Suzanne has won many prizes including the Poetry Society’s Anne Born prize in its inaugural year (2015), The Café Writer’s Poetry Competition (2015) and The York Poetry Prize (2016). Her first full-length collection The Barking Thing was also published by Bloodaxe. Suzanne uses creative writing to support people experiencing and recovering from mental distress.

“Reading these tour-de-force poems is to encounter shadow-wonders and brilliant terrors… Here is extraordinary witness in poems that recall the work of Janet Frame in their confronting both of mental anguish and the transformations that are the hard won and healing reward” -Penelope Shuttle

She is original, brave, unflinching” – Jackie Kay

Jane Burn’s poems have appeared in many magazines, such as Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed With Pipework, The Curlew, The Fenland Reed, Strix, Under the Radar, Bare Fiction, The Rialto, Prole, Long Poem Magazine,  Elsewhere, Crannog, Domestic Cherry, Iota Poetry,The Poet’s Republic, Eye Flash Poetry, Finished Creatures and the Oxford English Journal. Her poems have also been published in anthologies from The Emma Press and Seren. Her poems are regularly placed in competitions and she has been nominated for both The Pushcart and Forward Prize. Her latest collections are Fleet, from Wyrd Harvest Press, One of These Dead Places from Culture Matters and Remnants (co-written with Bob Beagrie) from Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and for several well-known comedians. His plays have been performed at venues including The Royal Exchange, Manchester. Since beginning to submit his poetry five years ago, Keith has had over 150 poems published in journals. He has also had competition successes including being longlisted twice for the National Poetry Competition, shortlisted for the Wordsworth Trust Prize, and a winner in the Poetry Business Yorkshire Prize.

Keith tours extensively with Carol Ann Duffy, recently the Edinburgh Book Festival, Durham Festival and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank.

Keith’s debut pamphlet, Routines, was published in 2016 by Poetry Salzburg (where Keith is now on the Editorial Board) followed by a smith doorstop pamphlet, Troupers (2018) which was selected by Carol Ann as a Laureate’s Choice. His debut full collection, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, was published by Bloodaxe in February 2019.

He delivers poetry and performance workshops for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and for the Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax.

These poems illuminate something timeless about the human spirit. Keith Hutson is a wonderful talent – his technically accomplished and hardworking poems arrive all of a piece, centre stage. Carol Ann Duffy on Baldwin’s Catholic Geese.

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What’s on in York: Living with Railways – a talk by David Thomas

Bishopthorpe Library

October 21st @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 £5

An illustrated talk about the lives of two generations of railway workers in York.

David Thomas was born into a second generation York railway family and his talk is about the lives, legends and some of the locomotives worked on by his father and grandfather. His talk also covers the impact of railway life on him during the 1940s and 50s and is illustrated by accompanying photographs.

Booking is in person at Bishopthorpe Library

Petticoat Government – the story of the York Home for Nurses

Dringhouses Library

October 21st @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 £5

Join author Rosemary Cook for an introduction to her book ‘Petticoat Government’, which tells the remarkable story of York’s unique nursing history.

Rosemary Cook, former Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, talks about her new book ‘Petticoat Government’, based on original local research. The York Home for Nurses was run by Anglican religious sisters, funded by local people, and governed by a council of famous York names. Dealing with epidemics and floods as well as medicine and surgery, the Home eventually became the Purey Cust Nursing Home.

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What’s on in York: Caring for old photographs

York Explore

October 19th @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

 £18

Augustus Mahalski

Do you have family photographs, negatives or slides hidden away in your home? Are you concerned about their condition, or unsure what to do with them? Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, to learn more about what causes photographic materials to deteriorate over time, and the best ways to care for them at home.

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What’s on in York: The Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby with Dr Ruth Beckett

York Explore

October 17th @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 £5

Discover the ways in which Winifred Holtby drew upon the people and landscape of the East Riding to explore themes which transcend time and place in South Riding.

‘The Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby’ will explore the relationship between people and place, looking especially at the influence of the East Riding on the novels of Winifred Holtby. Extending from the Yorkshire Wolds to the vast expanse of Holderness, as well as suburban Cottingham and further afield, it is a landscape which is as much a mindset as a geographical location, shaped by history and social expectation as well as by the characters themselves. Though the main focus will be on South Riding, reference will also be made to Anderby Wold, A Crowded Street and other writings of Winifred Holtby

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What’s on in York: Debut Novel Launch – The Sins of Friendship

York Explore Library

October 16th @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 Free

Join local York author Joshua Lees for the launch of his debut Novel – The Sins of Friendship; the twisted tale of an ordinary person thrown into an extraordinary world.

Spend an hour with Local Author Joshua Lees at the launch of his debut novel. Get a sneak peek into the first chapter, meet the author, and get the chance to discuss and ask any questions you might have; as someone who’s read the novel or someone new to the series, all are welcome!
The Sins of Friendship is perfect for Teen readers, young Adults, and up. It’s the tale of an ordinary man who is drawn into an alternate realm built upon negative emotions, he has to set aside his fears to help save a dying world before it is devoured by a mad god.

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What’s on in York: Writing Anglian York

York Explore Library

October 15th @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

 £6

The Anglian, or Anglo-Saxon, period is the least well-understood period of York’s history. Written sources describe an important ecclesiastical centre, a seat of governance, a place of scholarship and learning, a commercial entrepot and a draw for ‘divers peoples,’ but physical evidence has been hard to find.

Join Ailsa Mainman as she discusses her recent book, Anglian York, which pulls together the archaeological evidence for this elusive period and provides a glimpse into the lives of people who dwelt in York in the centuries between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Vikings.

What’s on in York: Writing Matters – a creative writing workshop led by Pauline Kirk

Dringhouses Library

October 14th @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

 £3

Join author Pauline Kirk for a fun, accessible writing workshop. The workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.

Join a friendly group, open to new and established writers whether writing in poetry or prose. Pauline is a well known local author, poet and novelist. Her workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.

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What’s on in York: Explore Gothic – An American Werewolf in London

A special screening of the 1981 comedy-horror classic, An American Werewolf in London.
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York Explore

Sunday 13 October, 7:30pm
18+ only

£12.50 or £10 with a York Card

Hosted by local author and lycanthropy expert Gavin Baddeley, marking the release of his new book, The FrightFest Guide to Werewolf Movies (available to purchase). With licensed bar (cash only).

Tickets General admission: £12.50

With a York Card: £10