What’s on in York: Grown-Up Crafting

York Explore Library :

Tue 5 Jul :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :

£12 (£10 with a York Card)

July 5_Grown Up Crafting _ImageThe need to craft doesn’t just end when you turn 16! We are inviting you to an evening of grown-up crafting.

There will be four crafts for you to try and take home, as well as our Explore Café Bar and a relaxed, child free environment for you and friends to unwind with a little adhesive spray, pencil crayons and paper folding.

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk or at any York library.

10 tickets max.

What’s on in York: Tracy Borman: The Private Lives of the Tudors

Tuesday 12th July

19:00 – 20:30

York Explore, Museum Square, York

Following her huge, sold-out event at the Hay Festival, Tracy Borman is now heading to York.
Tracy is one of the UK’s leading historians and will be appearing at York Explore to discuss her new book, The Private Lives of Tudors.
Using accounts of eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources, historian Tracy Borman has examined the Tudors more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.
This event will take place at York Explore and Waterstones will provide a bookstall where Tracy will sign copies.Further details: Tel. 01904 620784

What’s on in York: Richard Madeley in conversation with Judy Finnigan

Wednesday 6th July 19:00 at York Explore, Museum Square, York,

TV presenter turned author Richard Madeley is heading to York Explore to discuss his work, including new novel, The Night Book – a dark, suspenseful story set in the Lake District in the heatwave summer of 1976.
Richard will be in conversation with his wife, Judy Finnigan.
The event will be followed by a book-signing, where you can have the chance to meet and chat with Richard and Judy.

Please note: This event will take place at York Explore 

Further details: 01904 620784

What’s on in York: Author Don Rhodes: Bugs in Amber

York Explore Library : Thu 30 Jun : 6.30pm – 7.30pm : £3 (£2 with a York Card)

Jun 30_Don RhodesDon will speak about and read from his entertaining and varied collection of short stories, Bugs in Amber. The settings range from a Victorian workhouse to post-war Yorkshire, from pre-war Transylvania to present-day Prague. The protagonists are also diverse, featuring a newborn baby, a Roma girl, a German prisoner of war, a dead English king and a spiteful pit-pony called “Buster”.

The opening and closing stories are set in York, one describing an amusingly alternative outcome to the recent battle between York and Leicester over the reburial of Richard III, the other exploring the impact of folk memory on an important decision by a 94 year old York resident.

“Best for me was The Secret Burial for its topicality, humour and sheer exuberant use of our beautiful English language.”

“Brief Encounters gave me a fascinating insight into life on the other side of the begging bowl.”

“The Funeral Director was a passionate story….Realistically chilling.”

Whimsical, sad and funny, often all at the same time, this collection will appeal to those interested in people and the strange and marvellous things they get up to.

DON RHODES previously worked in community care and the NHS after studying English at Lancaster University and working abroad for some years. He has had several stories published in magazines. Bugs in Amber is his first book.

Tickets cost £3 (£2 with a York Card) and there are a maximum of 50 tickets.

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk or at any York library.

For more information about the event please call York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Nailed it! Start a career in nails and beauty.

Joseph Rowntree School Inspire Training Salon : Thu 30 Jun  (every Thursday evening for 25 weeks) :  £3345 (24+ loan funding available)
Jun 30_NailsDesigned to provide the skills and knowledge learners need to begin or progress a career in nail services. You will be assessed in a real working salon.

This internationally recognised qualification will cover topics such as nail art, nail enhancements, airbrush designs and much more, including health and safety in a salon environment.

Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress into a career in commercial nail salons or as a self employed – mobile or home based – nail technician.

You may also be eligible to a fee reduction for certain York Learning including ICT, maths and English.

To register your interest today click here.

Call York Learning on (01904) 554427 for more information or send us a message on Facebook


What’s on in York: Meet author AL Kennedy

York Explore Library : Wed 29 Jun : 6.00pm – 7.45pm : Free

June 29_A__L__Kennedy _(3)AL Kennedy is the author of a growing number of books. So far these include 6 literary novels, 7 short story collections, 1 science fiction and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. She was twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.

She has won awards including 2007 Costa Book Award for “Day” and the Austrian State Prize for International Literature. She is a dramatist for stage, radio, TV and film. She regularly reads her work on BBC Radio, performs a one person show and writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and The Guardian online. She is also a part time lecturer in Creative Writing.

For more information about the author visit www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk.

This is a free event with drinks reception. Places are limited.  There are a maximum of 60 tickets.
Book via any Explore York Library or via www.eventbrite.co.uk.

What’s on in York: Exploring watercolour techniques with landscape and architecture

York Art Gallery : Sat 25 Jun : 10:30am to 3:30pm : £35.00

Jun 25_WatercoloursExplore landscape and architectural imagery and use a variety of watercolour techniques to paint your own pictures.

We will look at watercolour paintings in the York Art Gallery collection that illustrate different styles & approaches to landscape and architecture (e.g. John Piper, Albert Goodwin).  Using these as our inspiration, we will then experiment with the techniques we’ve observed to produce our own landscape and/or architectural images.

For more information and to book a ticket please visit www.yortime.org.uk

What’s on in York: Author Radhika Swarup: Where the River Parts

Explore York Library : Sat 25 Jun : 3.00pm – 4.00pm : Tickets cost £4 (£3 with a York Card)

June 25_Radhika Swarup _ImageRadhika is joining us to talk about her debut historical novel Where the River Parts.

Blood had begun to trickle down Asha’s starched cotton salwar, and once more she tried to will herself to stay calm. It was nothing. These things happened.

But these things haven’t happened before. It’s August 1947, the night before India’s independence. It is also the night before Pakistan’s creation and the brutal Partition of the two countries. Asha, a Hindu in a newly Muslim land, must flee to safety. She carries with her a secret she has kept even from Firoze, her Muslim lover, but Firoze must remain in Pakistan, and increasing tensions between the two countries mean the couple can never reunite. Fifty years later in New York, Asha’s Indian granddaughter falls in love with a Pakistani, and Asha and Firoze, meeting again at last, are faced with one more – final – choice

Spanning continents and generations, Where the River Parts is an epic tale of love, loss and longing.

‘A chapter of South Asian history that has often been deemed too painful to be explored fully.’ -Nayomi Munaweera, Island of 1000 Mirrors

For more information about the author please visit sandstonepress.com/books; twitter.com/rdswarup orradhikaswarup.com

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk or at any York library.

There are a maximum of 50 tickets. For more information please call York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 (answerphone) or york@exploreyork.org.uk


What’s on in York: An Evening of Storytelling with Giles Abbott

Explore York Library : Wed 22 Jun : 6.00pm – 7.30pm : Tickets cost £7 (£6 with a York Card)

Jun 22_Giles By Mishko PapicStorytelling is not just for children. Come grab a seat and hear a magical folktale retold by the wonderfully talented Giles Abbott.

Irish mythology tells that there are more world’s than this one, and that other, magical worlds exist alongside our own, so close, but just out of reach. So is it that we dream and then wake to life, or is our life the dream from which we one day waken?

Mongan could tell you.

Mongan’s Frenzy tells the story of a man who belongs to many worlds. Born here, schooled by the gods, he completes his learning here, his lessons taught in the only way this world can teach. His story is magical, funny, exhilarating, saddening, enraging and sometimes just downright silly!

For more information about Giles please visit gilesabbott.com.

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk or at any York library.

There are a maximum of 50 tickets. For more information please call  York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 (answerphone) or york@exploreyork.org.uk.


  • Also on Wednesday morning 9am to 12 noon Giles will be giving a masterclass on how to train your voice. Come and join in this fun, invigorating and energising workshop!