What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Harry Gallagher, Judi Sutherland and Chérie Taylor-Battiste

Apr _26 Finding The WordsYork Explore Library :

Thu 26 Apr :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (£2 with a YorkCard)

Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.
Harry Gallagher hails from Middlesbrough, though now lives on the coast near Newcastle. His latest book ‘Northern Lights’ (published by York press Stairwell Books) has just entered its 2nd run and Harry describes its contents as “a collective love letter to the people of the North East”. Poet John Hegley described it as containing “gems herein”, while the Yorkshire Times said “Gallagher excels at finding harmony in unlikely places, in juxtapositions; extrapolating subtleties of nuance towards an expression of love, he is, in the end, a poet of hope.” Harry is delighted to be coming to York, one of his favourite cities anywhere.
Judi Sutherland is a poet and would-be novelist living in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Her pamphlet ‘The Ship Owner’s House’ has just been published by Vane Women Press in Darlington and this will be its first ever airing at a poetry reading.
Chérie Taylor-Battiste. After graduating from SOAS with a degree in African Studies, Chérie  worked first in television production as a Researcher,  then  moved onto acting gaining various parts on stage and screen and with the BBC. Alongside this, she engaged in another passion, facilitating drama and video workshops in prisons PRUs and schools.
Finding herself a single parent of two, she was drawn back to her first love of writing, embracing the flexibility that allowed her to write around her baby daughter.  She  began by getting a prose piece published in the Tangled Roots anthology, then winning a competition to have a poem included in the Saboteur Award winning anthology Remembering Oluwale. After winning the Pitch and Pen event at the Headingley Literature Festival, she began talks with Valley Press.
She has just completed her debut collection “Lioness”, due to be published alongside an audiobook by Valley Press in Autumn 2018.

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China in What’s on in York: Drag with Michael Bristow, BBC World Service editor

Apr _14China In DragYork Explore Library :

Sat 14 Apr :

2.00pm – 3.30pm :

£5

When the BBC’s Michael Bristow decided to write a history of modern China he turned to his language teacher for help and discovered a fascinating perspective on his host country.

Approaching the end of his eight-year stay in Beijing, Michael Bristow decided he wanted to write about the country’s modern history. To assist him he asked for the help of his language teacher, who was born just two years after the communist party came to power in 1949. The changing fortunes of his life have mirrored the ups and downs of his country, which has moved from communist poverty to capitalist wealth in just a single generation. It came as a surprise though, to learn that the teacher was also a cross-dresser. Michael gradually realised that the teacher’s story is the story of modern China.

Michael Bristow is Asia/Pacific editor for the BBC World Service in London. He appears on radio and TV, commenting on developments in the world’s fastest-changing region. For five years he was a BBC correspondent in Beijing, covering everything from earthquakes to the Olympics. Apart from his family, China is his great passion, an interest that began while at university in Newcastle. He’s spent much of his adult life trying to learn Mandarin; a task he imagines might take many more years. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and their two children.

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What’s on in York: CSIs in York: the truth about forensic investigating

Apr _7Csis In York

York Explore Library :

Sat 7 Apr :

2.00pm – 3.30pm :

£5

Crime writing duo Ashley Dyer will reveal the truth about forensic investigation with pictures, practical demonstrations, chat and laughter.

You will learn how forensic investigations happen, see how an expert ‘lifts’ fingerprints, and you can even try your hand at identifying footwear evidence. Known for her dramatic readings, the ‘writing arm’ of Team Ashley Dyer will chill you with the fictional art of murder, explaining how forensic science, research, location – and conversations with murder detectives, pathologists, and prosecutors – inspire plot and stories, and bring characters to life.

Ashley Dyer is the penname of novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy is a former RLF Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector, past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the Dagger in the Library. She has written novels under her own name, and as A.D. Garrett.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, SOCO, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager, and has co-authored, and contributed to, professional policing texts. In great demand with crime writers, she is a CWA Non-Fiction Dagger judge, and is Forensic Consultant on both the Vera and Shetlandtelevision series.

Splinter in the Blood: Utterly engrossing and filled with masterfully crafted surprises, Splinter in the Blood is a propulsive roller-coaster ride, filled with secrets, nerve-jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold-blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened—and who did it. This debut thriller sold in multiple competitive auctions across Europe and in the US.

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What’s on in York: York’s Museum Gardens: a history

Apr _5Museum GardensYork Explore Library :

Thu 5 Apr :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s Peter Hogarth as he delves into the Society’s own archives, pictures and maps, answering some of the many questions about the history of York Museum Gardens and telling the story of the site through the eyes, and in the words, of those who were there.

We are all familiar with the Museum Gardens. The history of the land before the Yorkshire Philosophical Society came on the scene can be pieced together from the surviving remains – St Mary’s Abbey, the Multangular Tower – and historical sources: a patch of non-descript land outside a legionary fortress was shaped by the Romans, Earl Siward, William Rufus, the Benedictines, and Henry VIII, among others, until it eventually became available for the Society to create their own botanic garden.

Join Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s Peter Hogarth as he delves into the Society’s own archives, pictures and maps, answering some of the many questions about the history of York Museum Gardens and telling the story of the site through the eyes, and in the words, of those who were there.

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 22 Mar :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

Finding the Words with poets Jade Cuttle, Keith Hutson and Ruth McIlroy

Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.

Jade Cuttle  After reading literature at University of Cambridge, Jade Cuttle released her poetic-folk  debut album ‘Leaves & Lovers’ to BBC Introducing acclaim. She has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (‘The Art of Splinters’) and been commissioned for other BBC podcasts like celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th. She was appointed Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, mentored by Daljit Nagra, and a 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic, after winning competitions run by Ledbury Poetry Festival, BBC Proms, Poetry Book Society and Foyle Young Poets. She is also a journalist and has written for The Observer, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

 

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and many well-known comedians. His poetry has been widely published in journals including The Rialto, The North, Stand, Magma, The Manhattan Review, and he has had several competition successes, including in The YorkMix, The Troubadour, The Mclellan, and the Cornwall Contemporary. In February 2017 he was Carol Ann Duffy’s guest poet at the Royal Society of Literature’s TS Eliot Memorial event. His debut pamphlet Routines (2016) was published by Poetry Salzburg where he is now a co-editor. His latest pamphlet Troupers (smith | doorstop) is a 2018 Laureate’s Choice.

 

Ruth McIlroy will be reading from her pamphlet, Guppy Primer, the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. She has spent most of her life in Edinburgh, and now lives with her family and works as a psychotherapist in Sheffield.

 

Booking

In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

Max: 50

What’s on in York: Revealing the Past from Above: Aerial Archaeology in England

Mar _20RevealingYork Explore Library :

Tue 20 Mar :

6.15pm 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Historic England’s Matthew Oakey as he explains how archaeologists use new technologies such as lidar to identify sites and piece together the jigsaw of information to reveal the layers of history that have shaped the modern landscape.

Every year, hundreds of archaeological sites are discovered using aerial photography – from prehistoric settlements to lost landscapes of the First and Second World Wars. More recently new technologies such as airborne laser scanning (lidar) have uncovered landscapes in remote uplands or hidden under woodland. Join Historic England’s Matthew Oakey to find out how archaeologists use these technologies to reveal the layers of history that have shaped the modern landscape.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What’s on in York: Time Turned Around

Mar _7 Time Turned AroundYork Explore Library :

Wed 7 Mar :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :

Free

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.

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

Mar _3tapestryYork Explore Library :

Sat 3 Mar :

10.30am – 3.30pm :

£36

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.

Inkwell Goes to the Zoo

Inkwell

York Explore Library :

Sat 24 Feb :

2.30pm – 3.30pm :

Free

A FREE creative writing session for 5-12 year olds!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! From adventurous aardvarks to zany zebras, Inkwell needs your help rounding up all the animals of the zoo.

How many will you write about?

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