What’s on in York: Keeping your family archives

Jun _2Archive

York Explore Library

Sat 28 Jul

10.30am – 12.30pm


Do you have family papers and photographs hidden away in your loft or cupboards and are unsure what to do with them?

Join Laura Yeoman, Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement) for this hands-on introductory session about how best to care for your archives at home. Find out where and how to store them, how to package them and the best course of action in emergencies.

This session includes a free take-home pack of archival-quality materials to get you started. There will also be time towards the end of the session to get your burning questions answered!

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Deborah Alma, Nancy Campbell, Robert Powell and Regina Weinert

JUL Findingthe Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 26 Jul : 

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.

What’s on in York: Introduction to Local History

Jun _2Intro

York Explore Library

Sat 28 Jul

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Are you interested in finding out about the history of your local area, but unsure as to where to start? Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, in this hands-on introductory session.

The session will cover commonly-used materials including maps, trade directories, photographs and archival documents. There will be an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the archives, and to get your burning questions answered!

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: State of Crisis – a book launch with author Richard Drysdale

July _19 State Of Crisis Richard Drysdale

York Explore Library

Thu 19 Jul

6.30pm – 7.30pm


Who would attempt to subvert an independent nation? How would they go about it?

Join author Richard Drysdale for a talk on his latest political thriller State of Crisis, the sequel to State of Emergency, set in near future Scotland. There will be chance to ask questions about the new novel and the author’s writing experience afterwards.

This is a free event. There is no need to book.

For further information please call us on 01904 552828 or email york@exploreyork.org.uk or pop in and speak with a member of staff.

What’s on in York: Laura Lippman and Alafair Burke – For one night only

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York Explore Library :

Wed 18 Jul :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


Good friends Laura Lippman and Alafair Burke are coming over from the States and will be stopping off in York for one night only. They will be discussing writing psychological thrillers American style

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Her latest book is Sunburn. A woman walks out on her family and appears in a new town with a new job and a new friend who knows more about her than any new friend should. How many times has she done this before and who are the shadowy figures so interested in her whereabouts?

Alafair Burke is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 novels, including her latest, The Wife. A woman marries a brilliant economics professor, seizing the chance to leave her tragic past behind. Six years later everything begins to unravel when an accusation against her husband forces her to decide whether she can afford to support him and risk her past being revealed.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: A Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop with writer Maria Stephenson

May _22 Maria Stephenson Poetry

York Explore Library

Sun 15 Jul

1.15pm – 3.15pm


Join author, poet and creative writing teacher Maria Stephenson for a poetry workshop where you can explore the benefits of cathartic writing.  Our poetry is often written for ourselves and will never see the light of day but sometimes, we realise that as well as helping ourselves, our words can move and inspire others.  This is the essence of Maria’s collection ‘Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something’ (Stairwell Books) which chronicles the escape from an abusive marriage towards living again, also shining a light onto on-line dating experiences.  She will read from her collection and talk about the path to publication during the creative writing workshop included in the event. (more…)

What’s on in York: Summer Reading Challenge Launch

Jul _14SRC

York Explore Library

Sat 14 Jul

10.30am – 4.30pm


Start: Sign Up 10.30                                  Finish: Sign Up 4.30

Drop in Activities 12.00                              Drop in Activities 4.00

Mask Making bookable 1.00 & 2.30          Mask Making bookable 2.00 & 3.30

Everyone welcome!

Sign up for the Summer Reading challenge. Book onto one of our 2 sessions Mask Making Mischief with Kathryn Richardson. Why not drop in and take part in a Map Attack and build York out of Lego and visit our Mischief Maker Space and try out Bloxels, stop-motion animation apps, Minecraft and more.

If you can’t get to this event you can still sign up for the Challenge at any Explore York Library between 14th July and 15th September.

Book in person at any library or call (01904) 552828

What’s on in York: Beyond the Academy – Recognising Women’s History in York

Jul _7Vote

York Explore Library 

Sat 7 Jul 

1.00pm – 3.30pm 


Join us as Explore supports Beyond the Vote!

Students reading English Literature and History at York St John University have been researching women’s history at York Explore Archives over the spring semester. This exhibition and talk will uncover some of the documents and figures that they have encountered. The archives of the City of York, now housed in York Explore Library, holds an incredible collection of original documents revealing the lives, work, and contributions of women in York over the course of its history. Come along to learn more about women’s lives in York, from medieval to modern times. The exhibition will be hosted by Dr Kaley Kramer (Sheffield Hallam University) and Laura Yeoman, Access Archivist at York Explore.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Bloom! Mini flower festival @ York Explore

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York Explore Library Lawn :

Fri 6 Jul & Sat 7 Jul :

10am – 4.00pm:

Sun 8 Jul 11.30am – 3.00pm :


Discover one of York’s loveliest hidden gardens as it’s transformed into a three-day mini festival space, with arts and crafts workshops, storytelling, wandering poets, rhyme times, digital making and lots more – all with a botanical theme.

Tucked away next to the Museum Gardens, the Explore York library lawn is a beautiful but little-known spot. To celebrate opening up this historic space to Bloom! visitors, the Explore team has put together a vibrant collection of events. Expect family-friendly fun, floral-themed art, singing, sharing and lots of surprises.

Treat yourself to refreshments from the outdoor cloister cafe, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of the great British summer fete, right in the heart of the city.

Bloom! is organised by Make It York, and supported by York BID

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poet duo Headlines and special guest Carole Bromley

JUN Findingthe Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 28 Jun :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£3 or £2 with a York Card

Headlines Two prizewinning poets, Peter Wallis and Sally Festing, present poems about the head, both in its physical and mental aspects. With special guest Carole Bromley

How does repeated brain surgery impact on families? What if the patient has an identical twin? The answers come, in Andrew McMillan’s words, in poems that see “life as something tentative as well as tender”. Similarly, how can the effects of something like schizophrenia, bear on future generations? Family history and a cache of intimate letters suggest answers.

Sally Festing’s fifth collection will be published in 2019. Four prizes fed into Swimming Lessons, Salaams (Happenstance), Font, and Doors Opening (Oversteps) which followed journalism, radio plays, academic studies, biographies and other non-fiction books. Sally runs Saltmarsh Poetry.

Peter Wallis won publication of a pamphlet, Articles of Twinship, in the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015, was shortlisted in the 2016 National Poetry Competition and longlisted in that of 2017. He is Submissions Editor for the U.K. charity “Poems in the Waiting Room”.

Carole Bromley is the Poetry Society’s York Stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries at York Explore. She has three books with Smith/Doorstop, A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and a children’s collection, Blast Off. Carole is currently working on a sequence of poems about her recent experience of brain surgery and will be sharing some of those poems.

To book ticket please click here.