What’s on in York: An Evening With Ali Smith

Nov _23 Ali Smith 2015 By Sarah Wood

York Explore Library :

Thu 23 Nov :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Penguin and Waterstones present award-winning author, Ali Smith, who will be discussing her new novel, Winter. The follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

Ali has previously been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the Orange Prize, and has been the winner of the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award.

Waterstones logoBook at Waterstones York, by phone (01904) 620784.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Charlotte Eichler, Sally Goldsmith and John Whale

Finding The Words

York Explore Library

Thu 16 Nov

6.45pm – 8.00pm

£3 (or £2 with a York Card)

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.

Charlotte Eichler grew up in Hertfordshire and now lives near Leeds. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Agenda, The Interpreter’s House, The Rialto, and The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts. She was recently awarded a year’s mentoring with Vahni Capildeo by Poetry London magazine, and her first pamphlet will be published by Valley Press in 2018.

Sally Goldsmith As well as a poet Sally is a songwriter, historian, utopian, environmentalist and an amateur naturalist. She’s also written scripts in verse, had songs and poems inside dramas on Radio 4 and a musical feature – about the Izal medicated toilet roll. She’s won two Sony Radio awards. Her first publication was Singer which was one of the winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Michael Longley. In 2013 Smith/Doorstop published her first full length collection, Are We There Yet? She lives on the edge of Sheffield near the Peak District.

Twitter: @salthepoet

Are We There Yet? poetry collection published by Smith/Doorstop and available from:

John Whale was born in Liverpool and is a co-editor of the international journal Stand. He has published two collections under the Northern House imprint with Carcanet, Waterloo Teeth (2010) and Frieze (2013). The former was shortlisted for the Forward Prize best first collection. He is currently working on a third volume which, once again, explores the connections between history, the body, and the natural world.



In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: (01904) 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk


What’s on in York: Playback in association with Random Acts

York Explore Library

Wed 8 Nov – Sun 19 Nov

Library opening times


PlaybackPlayback brings together more than 200 remarkable short films by young artist filmmakers in one exhibition, currently touring nationwide.

Don’t miss it in York as part of Aesthetica Film Festival.

For more information or to see Library opening times please visit our website www.exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Creative Writing – We are the Stuff…

Nov _18Creative Writing

York Explore Library

Sat 18 Nov

10.00am – 1.00pm


Your best writing material is within you – learn how to release it!

This workshop will focus on helping you draw on personal experience and memory to bring to light the honest, authentic material that can evolve into some of the most powerful writing. One of the strengths of this workshop is that it is personal, and sometimes private – you won’t be invited to share responses unless you feel confident.

Ali Cargill is a published author with Masters Degree in Creative Writing (Distinction). She is also an experienced A Level English teacher – so you’ll be in good hands.

Suitable for anyone aged 19+. Aimed at any level of experience.

Please bring paper and pen. As part of this workshop you may be invited to share in discussions where, as a group, we explore writing technique in extracts from published texts. Where copyright allows, your tutor will provide copies of these.

This workshop will be held in The Brierley Room.

Book online by clicking here or call us on (01904) 552806

What’s on in York: A nun’s story

Nov _7Nun

York Explore Library :

Tue 7 Nov :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Sister Agatha Leach, one of the most well-known and much loved members of the Bar Convent community in York, has collaborated with author Richard Newman to tell her life story. It will come as no surprise to those who have met her that Sister Agatha’s life is quite as unforgettable as she is.

Born as Shirley Leach, raised in a 23 bedroom mansion in the North Downs countryside and once presented to the Royal Court of King George VI as an eligible debutante, Sister Agatha left behind her life of luxury to answer the calling of God. A Nun's Story

Her remarkable tale is told in ‘A Nun’s Story’, published by John Blake and now available in paperback (https://johnblakebooks.com/a-nun-039-s-story-pb.html). The book details Agatha’s astonishing life, including her heart-breaking decision to separate from the fiance she loved, and the miraculous meeting on a train that rescued the Bar Convent from the brink of financial disaster.

After she relates parts of her amazing life, she will be available to sign copies of ‘A Nun’s Story.’

  To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Hack Camp – Cross PolliNation

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York Explore Library :

Wed 1 Nov :

10.00am – 4.00pm :


Our very first hack media camp!

If you’ve heard of hackathons and Raspberry Pi Jams, you’ll be all over this. If not, come anyway: you’ll love it.

Just bring your imagination and our techies, coders, digital makers and artists will help you to sprinkle a measure of arts into a dash of digital making to create a unique concoction in just one day.

This event is free but booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. This can be done in person at any Explore York Library, over the phone or by email.

What’s on in York – The Game’s Afoot : An encounter with Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

York Explore Library

Wed 25 Oct

6.30pm – 7.30pm


Oct _25Gamesafoot

David Stuart Davies brings the story of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle to life in this one man play first presented at the Edinburgh Fringe.

To book tickets please click here.


What’s on in York: Toddler Fun Days at York Explore

York Explore Library :

Tue 24 Oct and Wed 25 Oct :

9.30am -12.00pm :



Tuesday 24 October

10am – 10.30am Kindermusik session for 2-4 year olds, free but booking essential.

10.30am – 11am storytime in the childrens library free drop in.

11am – 12.30pm Toy library play session free drop in.

 Wednesday 25 October

9.30-10am Hoglets  Drama for 2-4 year olds, free but booking essential

10am – 11.30am crafts and free bookstart treasure bags to collect.  This  session to include Toy library play.

11.30am – 12pm My Baby Can Dance session for 2-4 year olds, free but booking essential.

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

What’s on in York: The Uninvited Guest!

York Explore Library

Tue 10 Oct

6.15pm – 7.45pm

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Oct _10Univited GuestIt is said that York is the most haunted city in England, and the nightly, highly successful commercial tours reveal no shortage of interesting and unexplained occurrences which claim to be connected to supernatural events within the city.

One such apparition, which has up until now never been revealed to the wider public, is that of a male gentleman who walks the corridors of our Mansion House. Colin Sheppard, a city guide who hosts tours of this newly refurbished and historic building, has explored the possibilities of who this ghostly figure might have been in his earthly life. Join him as he takes you on this voyage of discovery into the identity of this ‘uninvited guest.’
Tickets are £9 each, or £8 with a YorkCard, and are available from any Explore library or from the Inspire website (www.feelinginspired.co.uk).

What’s on in York: Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and The Birth Of Brit Noir

York Explore Library 

Sun 1 Oct 

2.00pm – 3.30pm 


Oct _1Film NoirNick Triplow, biographer of Ted Lewis, Brit noir pioneer and author of the novel Jack’s Return Home, adapted by Mike Hodges as the seminal British gangster film, Get Carter, in conversation with fellow crime writer, Nick Quantrill.

Nick Triplow’s book, Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir is a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of Ted Lewis, the doomed author of British noir classic Jack’s Return Home, filmed as Get Carter in 1971.

As a precursor to the screening of this classic British crime film at City Screen on October 2, Nick will be in conversation with fellow crime writer, Nick Quantrill. They will discuss Lewis’s relationship to his story, originally set in Scunthorpe, the creation of the enduring character of Jack Carter, and the story’s historical and cultural resonances for our own troubled times.

The event is a taster for the Hull Noir festival, part of the 2017 City of Culture celebrations, which takes place over the weekend of the 18/19 November.

Nick Triplow is the author of the South London crime novel Frank’s Wild Years and the social history books The Women They Left BehindDistant Water and Pattie Slappers. His acclaimed short story, Face Value, was a winner in the 2015 Northern Crime competition. Originally from London, now living in Barton upon Humber, Nick studied English and Creative Writing at Middlesex University and, in 2007, earned a distinction on Sheffield Hallam University’s MA Writing. Since completing his biography of British noir pioneer, Ted Lewis, Nick has been working on new fiction.

To book tickets please click here.