What’s on in York – Finding the words with poets Zelda Chappell, Katie Greenbrown and David Wilson

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 May :

7.00pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

MAY Three PoetsFinding 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.

Zelda Chappell is a poet, editor and artist. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, both online and in print. Her debut collection, The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, was published by Bare Fiction in July 2015. She is the co-curator and editor of the multi-arts journal Elbow Room and independent micro-publisher As Yet Untitled, publishing books by artists and writers but not quite as you know them.

Katie Greenbrown  I’m a York-based spoken word poet writing and sharing whimsical, beautiful, quirky and funny work at Open Mics and DiY events around the city. I was November 2016’s Say Owt Slam winner and will be performing for the Theatre Royal later this year with Kate Fox.

David Wilson lives in Harrogate and has been an active climber for many years, in the UK, Alps and further afield. His debut collection ‘Slope’ was published as a pamphlet last year by Smith/Doorstop. The poems celebrate what makes climbing a compulsion whilst exploring parallel themes of risk, loss and motivation.Paul Muldoon called David’s poem ‘Everest’ ‘a brilliantly imagistic rendering of a place’. And a review of ‘Slope by the Editor of ‘Climb’

Tickets cost £3 (or £2 with a York Card).


In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout

York Explore Library :

Tue 23 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


May _23 Elizabeth StroutElizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author of My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kitteridge, joins us to discuss her new collection of short stories, Anything is Possible.

In this new work, we are again with Lucy Barton as she imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers and the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone?

She will be discussing her wonderful catalogue of fiction and reading extracts from her new book.

Tickets are available from Waterstones on (01904) 620784 or www.waterstones.com.

What’s on in York – ‘Except we Teach’: A Book Launch with Alan Gillott

York Explore Library :

Sun 21 May :

1.45pm – 3.45pm :


Except We Teach Cover FrontFighting Cock Press presents Alan Gillott’s second collection, “Except we Teach”. Edited by Pauline Kirk, these poems reflect the breadth and depth of his work, and his commitment to social justice. Alan’s poems are regularly used as source material by classical composers.

Join us for poetry from Alan, Pauline and a range of guests. FREE entry, beverages available.

“There is something for everyone in this collection, unexpected observations and imagery both deft and subtle.” – Helen Cadbury, Novelist and Poet.

What’s on in York: Finding the words special – Pavilion Poets: Ruby Robinson, Nuar Alsadir, and Jodie Hollander

York Explore Library :

Thu 11 May :

6.00pm – 8.00pm :


May _11 ThreepoetsA special Finding the Words event, part of the University of York’s Writers at York series, featuring three exciting UK and US poets: Jodie Hollander, Nuar Alsadir, and Ruby Robinson.

Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry, edited by Deryn Rees-Jones, has quickly earned a reputation for publishing some of the most exciting contemporary poetry. We’re delighted to host three UK and US poets for this special Finding the Words event, part of the University of York’s Writers at York series.

Ruby Robinson was born in Manchester and grew up in Sheffield and Doncaster. Her poems have appeared in  Poetry Review and Poetry. Her debut collection Every LittleSound was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and T. S. Eliot Prize.

Nuar Alsadir’s poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry London, and Poetry Review. Her previous collection, More Shadow Than Bird, was published by Salt in 2012. She is fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and works as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in New York.

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has been published in Poetry Review, PN Review, Rialto,  New Criterion, Manchester Review, and Australia’s Best Poems. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with tall-lighthouse in 2012. My Dark Horses is her first full-length collection.

For more information please call York Explore Library on (01904) 552828 or to reserve a ticket please visit eventbrite.

What’s on in York – Shakespeare’s Rival: Ben Jonson

York Explore Library :

Mon 8 May :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


May _8 Ben JonsonDiscover the larger-than-life exploits and audacious projects of Shakespeare’s friend and rival, Ben Jonson, playwright and first poet-laureate of England.

Jonson wrote for Shakespeare’s company (in fact Shakespeare acted in several of his plays), but he also established himself as an independent literary force and elevated playwriting to a publicly respected art form. Without Jonson’s leadership in self-publication, many of Shakespeare’s plays wouldn’t have been published at all.

Learn about one of the greatest writers in the history of England ahead of a rare performance of his masterpiece, Volpone, in the York International Shakespeare Festival this May.

Tickets to be booked through eventbrite or speak to a member of staff at York Explore and we can book it for you.

For more information about the York Shakespeare Project who are the organiser of Shakespeare’s Rival : Ben Jonson please visit their website.

What’s on in York: An Evening with Graham Masterton

York Explore Library :

Wed 3 May :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :

£6 (£5 with a York Card)

May _3 Graham MastertonGraham Masterton is a bestselling author who has spent twenty-five years writing horrors and thrillers before turning his attention to crime writing. The first book in the Katie Maguire series, White Bones, was published in 2012 and became a top-ten bestseller.  He lived in Cork for five years, an experience that inspired the Katie Maguire series.

Join Graham at this exclusive event at York Explore where he will talk about his Katie Maguire crime novels.

Tickets can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.co.uk 

By telephone (01904) 552828

Or in person at any York library.

What’s on in York: Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary Celebration

York Explore Library

Sat 29 Apr

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Apr _29 Greyhen Logo (2)Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Joy Howard, Pauline Kirk and Josie Walsh will read selected poems from Grey Hen anthologies.

Grey Hen Press was set up to showcase the work of older women poets by publishing themed anthologies. Over 140 poets have appeared in the ten publications to date.

Refreshments including tea, coffee, soft drinks and wine will be available, and the event is free.The event will take place in The Marriott Room

‘Nothing mimsy about these poems by older women. Fierce, funny, disturbing and fairly vicious. Lovely.’ Michele Hanson

‘Seriously good poetry…the fruit of long-life experience – brave writing, full of love and subversive wit and lyricism.’ R V Bailey

‘An A–Z of women poets whose formidable eye and instinct for pithy observation make this required reading for all ages’ Penelope Shuttle.

For more information about this event please pop in to York Explore Library, call us on (01904 552828) or email york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: “State of Emergency” – meet the author Richard Drysdale

York Explore Library

Tue 25 Apr

6.00pm – 7.00pm


Apr 25_RichardJust how far would the UK government go to prevent the break-up of the UK? How would Scotland react? State of Emergency is a political thriller set in Scotland at some point in the future.

The evening will include a talk on the novel as well information on the self publishing process. There will also be a Q&A to follow.

Richard is a historian, teacher and biker and has lived in York for forty years. As a Scot he has always taken a close interest in the politics of Scotland particularly during the 2014 referendum on independence which continues to be highly topical today.

To book your ticket for this event please pop in to York Explore Library, call us on (01904 552828) or email york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Rewriting the Brontës

York Explore Library

Wed 19 Apr

6.30pm – 7.30pm

£3.50 (£2.50 with a York Card)

Coffeehouse: Debate, Discussion, Controversy, Coffee

Apr 19_CoffeehouseThis will be an informal discussion of the various representations of the Brontë sisters in biography, film, novels, and criticism.  How have the sisters been interpreted and understood? What has been at stake in their shifting characterizations through the decades? Charlotte Brontë has been described, variously, as a domestic angel, a neurotic fixated on her mother’s death, bossy, domineering, a feminist icon, and a tragic figure. The enigmatic Emily has been retrospectively ‘diagnosed’ with conditions from anorexia to Asperger’s syndrome. ‘Dear, gentle, Anne,’ as Charlotte’s friend described her, is currently being re-evaluated by scholars as a powerful proto-feminist who dealt unflinchingly with controversial themes in her often neglected novels.

We’ll discuss the sisters’ novels, as well as biographies, critical texts, and film and television representations of their lives and works. Why are these women of such enduring interest, and what keeps the steady stream of visitors to Haworth Parsonage going, almost two hundred years after Patrick and Maria Brontë moved there with their six small children?

This coffeehouse session will be led by Dr Jo Waugh from York St John University. She is lecturer in English Literature with a specific interest in the Victorian novel, and have an article forthcoming in the Victorian Review about Charlotte Brontë’s representation of rabies in Shirley.

Coffeehouse takes place every first Wednesday evening, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Tickets £3 or £2 with a YorkCard (including a hot beverage)

To book your place in the coffeehouse contact York Explore Library on (01904) 552828, email york@exploreyork.org.uk or pop in to any library and speak to a member of staff.

What’s on in York: Poetry, Protest and Imprisonment in 18th century York – James Montgomery in York Castle

York Explore Library

Tue 11 Apr

6.15pm – 7.45pm

£6 (£5 with a YorkCard)

AprilWhen Sheffield legend James Montgomery died in 1854 a life-size bronze statue was erected in his honour. He was mourned as a generous philanthropist, prolific hymn-writer, captain of industry and life-long abolitionist. Half a century earlier Montgomery known as editor of Sheffield’s most radical newspaper, in which he published dangerous poems of protest. In 1795 Montgomery was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, branded a ‘treasonous and seditious libeller’ and condemned to a sentence in York Castle Prison. This lecture will contextualise the poetry he wrote from this cell, shining light on a forgotten moment in the York’s history.

This is an opportunity to become acquainted with one of Britain’s most unfairly forgotten poets: a man who was friends with William Wordsworth and Bob Southey, championed by Lord Byron and regarded by one of his early American biographers as a ‘lost Romantic.’ Not only will the audience meet Montgomery through his works and poetry, but in this lecture they will find him enduring the most difficult trials of his career (literally and figuratively) as he was confined to a cell here in York, simply for questioning the decisions of his so-called social superiors.

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