York Learning celebrates local art with Inspirations exhibit

City of York Council’s York Learning is hosting the annual Inspirations exhibit to celebrate the work of new learners from York Learning’s Drawing, Painting & Watercolour classes.

Inspirations is hosted at York Explore Library from Friday 3 May until Sunday 2 June.

York Learning provides residents with the opportunity to work with qualified tutors to express themselves creatively in a group learning environment.

The creative programme offers regular classes on a term basis, a variety of one day workshops and two community arts projects yearly. Workshops scheduled for autumn and winter include contemporary oil painting, wood carving and, gold and silver leaf gilding.

To view the full range of courses available at York Learning, visit: www.yortime.org.uk, email: york.learning@york.gov.uk or call on 01904 552806.

What’s on in York: Explore a Story – Sunk! By Rob Biddulph

York Explore Library: The Marriott Room

February 21st

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

£2

A pirate hat.
A sunny day.
For Penguin Blue
A game to play…

Sail with us across an interactive storytelling exploration of a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship written by the marvelous Rob Biddulph! While sailing the seven seas Captain Blue, his friends and us  are unexpectedly sunk! With a shipwreck to explore using props and unlimited imagination and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, we might still find some treasure after all!

It’s going to be A GLORIOUS ESCAPADE!

For children between 2 and 5 (parents must remain with children at all times).

Details

Date: February 21

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: £2

Organiser York Explore

Phone: 01904 552828

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Andy Armitage, John Foggin and Joan Johnston

JAN Finding The Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 24 Jan :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£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.

John Foggin lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. His work has appeared in The North, The New Writer, Prole, and The interpreters house, among others, and in anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry [2015, 2018]. He publishes a poetry blog: the great fogginzo’s cobweb.
His poems have won first prizes in The Plough Poetry [2013,2014], the Camden/Lumen [2014], and McClellan [2015] Competitions respectively. In 2016 he was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins.
He has had published four pamphlets/chapbooks: Running out of Space [2014] Backtracks [2015], Larach (WardWood Publications) [2015] and Outlaws and fallen angels (Calder Valley Poetry) [2016], and two collections, Much Possessed (smith|doorstop) [2016], and Gap Year..co-authored with Andy Blackford (SPM Publications) [2017]
A new pamphlet ‘Advice to a traveller’ is published by Indigo Dreams [2018].

Andy Armitage is a poet and editor from Leeds. His first chapbook ‘Letters to a First Love from the Future’ was published in July 2018.
Andy has a PhD in English and has published poetry in Acumen, Dream Catcher, Strix, Riggwelter, The High Window, and Algebra of Owls. In 2017, he won First Place in the Leeds Museums Poetry Competition and this year he was Highly Commended in the York Mix/York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. He’s written scholarly articles on Ted Hughes’s poetry for the British Library and the Ted Hughes society websites.

Joan Johnston was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and lives on Tyneside. She has worked as a writer in hospitals, prisons, day-centres and schools and with the homeless, women’s groups, and older people in residential care. She is the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship and teaches creative writing in Adult Education and on a freelance basis.
She has published three poetry collections and three pamphlets – her latest pamphlet An Overtaking was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2016. Her poems have also been widely published in magazines and anthologies – most recently in Land of Three Rivers (pub. Bloodaxe, 2018)
‘Joan Johnston knows what poetry can do. She reveals wonder inherent in the everyday. I like her work very much’. – Kathleen Jamie

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

York Libraries – call for more transparency over future

York Explore Library

Staff working in York’s libraries are understandably concerned about the lack of any announcement about the future of the service.

The libraries are currently run by “Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited” company.

Their contract comes to an end in March 2019.

In June 2018 the Council decided to tender for the continuation of the service.

A report raised several worrying options including the introduction of “volunteer” run branches. Others were concerned that a large leisure management company based outside the City would take over the service.

The contract on offer is believed to be worth £32 million and covers a 15 year period.

Acomb Explore Library

The present management arrangements are essentially a development of the team that led the library organisation when it was run by the Council. They have had a generally successful 5 years with, against the national trend,  user numbers stable and some useful innovations like the reading café in Rowntree Park introduced.

An updated report on the Libraries recent activities was published yesterday (it says that they can now handle visa applications – a role that the Post Office revealed, during consultations about the relocation of the Lendal office to W H Smiths, they were losing)

The Councils Forward Plan which lists all major upcoming decisions runs until 28th April 2019.

It does not include a decision item on the future of the library service.

What’s on in York: Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply

“Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply” – a psychoanalytic perspective on contemporary life.

Dec _10Ian

York Explore Library :

Mon 17 Dec :

6.00pm – 7.45pm :

Free

Ian Thurston, a public sector psychoanalytic psychotherapist living in York talks about his recently published first book, which offers an applied psychoanalytic perspective on dominant emotional trends in contemporary life.

There is a need to better understand the emotional motivations that might underlie the polarized thinking currently evident amongst populist right and progressive left alike, motivations that might be at odds with professed political ideology.

The author suggests that there are powerful social defences against facing loss, limitation and internal conflict. He applies a historicized psychoanalytic perspective on these phenomena, highlighting the decline and denigration of the old centres of traditional industry, and the rise of an increasingly narcissistic culture, in which emotional narratives of victimhood trump the need for evidence and the claims of “traditional” expertise and authority.

There will be opportunity for discussion and debate.

Author’s Biography:
I am a York resident, brought up on Tyneside,  currently working as a psychonanalytic psychotherapist within the NHS, and with many years of experience of working in public sector mental health care, in the north of England and London.

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: Getting started with House History

Dec _15House

York Explore Library 

Sat 15 Dec :

1.00pm – 4.00pm :

£25

Have you ever wondered who lived in your property before you?

How old it is, or what historical events it might have witnessed?

Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, as she takes you through how to get started with researching the history of your home. This introductory session assumes no prior knowledge, and you will have a chance to get those burning questions answered!

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

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

Dec _13Stanza

York Explore Library 

Thu 13 Dec :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

Free

Poets from the York Stanza strut their stuff.

Started eight years ago by Carole Bromley, the York Stanza (part of a network of local groups under the umbrella of the Poetry Society) now has sixty members who between them have carried off most of the country’s poetry prizes.

A range of poets will read and perform their work. Readers will include Carole Bromley, Richard Carpenter, Phil Connolly, Mary Ann Dearlove, Nick Boreham, Jenny Hill, Andy Humphrey,  Nairn Kennedy, Patrick Lodge, Mary Matusz , Rob Miles, Stuart Pickford  and Hannah Stone

Come along and join us for a pre-Christmas celebration.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York Explore events for international day of people with disabilities

Live video link with Urbino, Italy

Dec _3Italy

York Explore Library :

Mon 3 Dec :

11.15am – 12.15pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme

Live video link at 11:30am bringing together communities from York and Urbino, Italy to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities  2018.

Discussion and debate with this year’s winners of the Eleanor Worthington Prize for arts and disabilities.

To book your FREE place email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

In partnership with associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington

Young Persons’ Disability Arts Group

Dec _3YPDAG

York Explore Library :

Mon 3 Dec :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme.  Working with professional artists, this new group is an opportunity for young people to creatively express themselves through disability art, understand what disability art is and help profile issues relevant for young disabled people. Moving forward, this project will be supported and funded by Arts Council England. .

Step-free access.  Accessible toilets.  Limited disabled parking available.

To book a FREE  place email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Holding the Line: Female Railway Workers in World War Two

Dec _3Female Railway

York Explore Library

Mon 3 Dec :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Susan Major as she talks about the contents of her new book on the role women played in the railway industry in the Second World War.

Using recorded interviews carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Susan Major’s book explores the experiences of women railway workers taken on in wartime.

The interviews cover many areas of Britain, but this talk will include some of those working at York station during the bombing raid of 1942. The women interviewed talk about working with men for the first time, doing men’s work and the problems of workplaces not designed for women. Susan will also show how working women were portrayed by the railway companies and the media at the time.

One not to be missed!

This event will take place in The Marriott Room and tickets cost £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: “Say Owt” Disabled People’s Writing Workshop

Dec _2Say Owt

York Explore Library :

Sun 2 Dec :

1.00pm – 3.00pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme.  Say Owt, York’s rowdiest spoken word and performance poetry organisation, team up with local poet Katherine Watson to lead a writing workshop with an optional performance element. Suitable for everyone, from curious beginners to seasoned scribblers.  Open to anyone within the disabled umbrella, including chronically ill, mentally ill and neurodivergent people. Come along to spark some new ideas, or even a new hobby! Carers and guardians welcome.

No need to book.

Step-free access.  Accessible toilets.  Limited disabled parking available. Please contact info@sayowt.co.uk for further info or with any access requirements.

Organised by Say Owt, York spoken word/poetry organisation.  www.sayowt.co.uk