What’s on in York: Peterloo – the aftermath, York Lent Assizes, March 1820

Monday March 16th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Free
On March 16, 1820 the trial of ten of the leaders at Peterloo, charged with conspiracy to overturn the government, opened in York. The trial was nationally reported and the government’s position widely discredited.  In spite this, five were convicted … but of the lesser charge of seditious intent.

Inspired by family history, The Road to Peterloo is about a Britain where the 1815 Peace has rewarded the few but penalised the many, where workers are drawn into mass protest meetings and soldiers, billeted in London to prevent revolution, become caught up in a secretive world of plots and spies.

Join local author, Jacqueline Everett, to discuss the historical background to the Peterloo massacre of August 16, 1820 and its aftermath, and hear readings from her novel The Road to Peterloo.

What’s on in York: Strong Yorkshire Women – Taking risks, standing strong

Sunday March 15th
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us in York International Women’s Week to celebrate the lives of four strong Yorkshire women.

An afternoon spent celebrating the lives of four Yorkshire women who lived life to the full, taking risks and standing their ground; introduced by their biographers, editors, or themselves. Wendy Rayne-Davis will talk about Saint Margaret Clitherow, Pauline Kirk will discuss the life and work of Rita Jerram, Children’s Rights activist and Githa Sowerby biographer Patricia Riley will talk about her own work, and about Leeds suffragist Isabella Ford who helped found the Independent Labour Party. The event will include short readings and the books will be available to purchase at a discount only at this event.

What’s on in York: Jasper – Viking Dog Book launch


York Explore

Wednesday February 19th

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost:£7

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Exclusive book launch for the latest in Hilary Robinson’s wonderful series, featuring Charlie Tanner and his dog Jasper and their journey to explore established facts with belly laugh ideas about life as a Viking.

Meet the author and Viking Harold Bluetooth, go to Viking Art School with a book illustrator, take part in a Viking quiz and get your books signed!+

Jorvik Viking Festival

Phone:01904615505

Email:jorvik@yorkat.co.uk

What’s on in York: Kate Spicer – Lost Dog, A Love Story

York Explore

19th February 2020

@ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

£5

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Join Kate Spicer and Wolfy as she discusses her life-affirming memoir about the myth of modern womanhood and the joy in the  relationship between human and canine.

Kate is a middle-aged woman trying to bring some order in her messy life. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself and restores peace and love to her human relationships. Redeemed, life is looking up. But then the dog disappears. Will she save him – and can she save herself from slipping back into her worst habits?

As she trudges endlessly calling his name in the hopeless hope she may find him, she runs into other people’s landscapes and lives, finding allies amongst not just the army of dog walkers that come out to help her but psychics, newsreaders, celebrities, homeless people and one mysterious midnight jogger.

Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to their limits – and gets her thinking about life, and why things have turned out as they have for her. A brilliant, life-affirming memoir, which reaches into both life’s darkest and most uplifting places, critics and readers alike agree that Lost Dog is a book like no other about the myth of modern womanhood, the depths we can fall to and the enduring mystery and joy in the relationship between human and canine.

  Explore York in partnership with Fox Lane Books

What’s on in York: A Harvest of Words

Wednesday February 12th
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Free

The Bootham Writers’ Group launch their second anthology.

Seven writers from the Bootham Writers’ Group read from their new anthology. An interesting and often amusing mix of memoir, poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. Copies of the anthology and other recent publications from the group will be available for sale.

What’s on in York: Nuisance Inspector – A live audio drama by Paul Birch

February 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Free

Extra date after two hugely successful sell out shows.

“I was blown away with the creativity of the event and production.”

“I was thoroughly immersed.”

“A significant success.”

Experience a sinister slice of York’s history by joining us for a live retelling of the drama behind the Hungate Clearances.

More details https://nuisanceinspector.eventbrite.co.uk

Where York Explore, Library Square, York YO1 7DS

When Saturday 8 February – Show starts at 7.30pm.

Doors open at 7.00pm.

Please arrive in good time for start of the show.

Entry FREE suitable for age 11 upwards

Booking Tickets available www.nuisance-inspector.eventbrite.co.uk

What’s on in York: Ira Wolf – Live in Libraries York

Friday February 7th @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ira Wolf

A sensational coup for our Live in Libraries York season of intimate concerts.

Ira Wolf was named one of Spotify’s ‘Best of Folk/Americana 2016’ and ‘Fresh Folk, Best of 2017’ artists.

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What’s on in York: Finding the words – Stanza Showcase

York Explore

23rd January 2020

@ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm 

Free

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Members of York Stanza

Twelve poets from York’s renowned Stanza Group to entertain and enthral you.

Carole Bromley is the York Stanza rep. Latest publication, Sodium 136 (Calder Valley).Janet Dean is a novelist, playwright and poet living in York.Joseph Chaplain is an unpublished poet currently living in the Peak District.Mary Ann Dearlove is always travelling and likes to write about her experiences in far off places.Melody Clarke is a fresh, new, contemporary, untrodden, recent, modish York Stanza member who owns a thesaurus.Miles Salter sings, writes and likes cheese.Nairn Kennedy lives in Leeds.Nick Boreham has been longlisted for the National Poetry Prize and his poems have appeared in a range of magazines.Patrick Lodge is an Irish-Welsh poet living in Yorkshire whose latest collection is “Remarkable Occurrences” ( Valley Press, 2019).Phil Connolly has been enjoying himself at the Stanza for several years now and is looking forward to hearing everyone’s poems and reading a couple himself.Richard Carpenter writes poems and plants trees.Rob Miles is a Leeds-based multi-award winning poet, widely published in magazines and anthologies.Finding the Words is our monthly poetry evening featuring poets from Yorkshire and beyond. Discover new poetry in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Bar available. Booking advised.

York Explore Phone:01904 552828 Email:york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Launch of Carole Bromley’s pamphlet, ‘Sodium 136’

Thursday January 16th 
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm 
Free
Three great readers for the price of one. Better still, it’s free! Join us for the launch of Carole Bromley’s new Calder Valley Press pamphlet, Sodium 136.  Carole will be joined by Emma Storr and Stuart Pickford.

Carole Bromley is well known on the York poetry scene. She has three full length collections with Smith/Doorstop and her new pamphlet, from Calder Valley Press, concerns her recent experience of brain surgery.

‘This is not just a record of physical suffering – it is a powerful and profoundly intelligent exploration of grief, gratitude, fear, love, and joy. Poetry at its best’ (Clare Shaw)

 ‘These are remarkable, extraordinary poems’ (Peter Sansom)

Stuart Pickford is a keen runner and will be reading about his hobby. His latest book is Swimming with Jellyfish from smith/doorstop.

Emma Storr’s background is medical. She lives in Leeds and is a member of the Leeds Writers Circle and the Wharfedale Poets. Her work has appeared in the Hippocrates Anthologies 2016 and 2018 and Strix magazine. Her debut pamphlet Heart Murmur was published in May 2019 by Calder Valley Poetry. It features poems based on her experience working as a GP and explores the workings of the body and mind in varied and humorous ways.

Admission is free, but booking is strongly advised as we expect this event to be very popular.

What’s on in York: “Right Trusty and Well Beloved” Launch of Richard III anthology

York Explore

Saturday December 14th

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Free

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Launch event for anthology of short stories and poems inspired by York’s own King Richard III, with a Foreword by Philippa Langley, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).

Sixteen international authors have collaborated on a second anthology of short stories and poetry inspired by Richard III, the king who called York ‘home’. Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, with a Foreword by Philippa Langley, who found the king’s grave in 2012 after 500 years, is being sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK), which aids people with the same spinal condition as King Richard. The book will be officially launched by six of the authors, including one from the USA, promising talks, Q&As, and readings and signings of their work. Everyone is welcome to this free event.