What’s on in York: POETRY LAUNCH – Crow Flight across the Sun

Jan _18 Mike

York Explore Library :

Thu 18 Jan :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :


Mike Di Placido has published two collections of poetry: Theatre of Dreams (Smith/Doorstop, 2009) and A Sixty Watt Las Vegas (Valley Press, 2013). His poetry has been translated into German and Romanian through the web magazine PoetryPf, and also broadcast on British and European radio.

Mike has read at numerous literary festivals, and his poems and reviews have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as The North, The Rialto, Pennine Platform and Poetry Saltzburg. He was recently the sole judge of The Poetry Space Competition, 2017.

Mike is a member of The Ted Hughes Society and The Elmet Trust.

Comments on Mike’s poetry:

I can’t remember when I enjoyed a book of poems so much; possibly ‘Season Songs’.
Keith Sagar (on Di Placido’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’)

Shrewdly, comically, with Blakean innocence, Mike Di Placido writes about enthusiasm and inspiration: how in practice we read poetry and fall in love with it.
Ed Reiss

In these poems Ted comes alive again, he lives and breathes. These poems are healing gifts.
Mark Hinchliffe


To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York: Meet the Creatures


Date: Tue 1 Aug
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £2

A Meet the Creatures session with a few small and friendly exotic animals. Kids will get to see and touch some amazing animals from around the world.

A keeper from Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation park will bring along some small exotic animals for kids to see and meet. Learn all about different types of creatures and find out about some amazing animals.

More information about Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park can be found at: www.abcwildlifepark.co.uk

Also at

Date: Mon 7 Aug
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Bishopthorpe Library
Cost: £2

Date: Mon 7 Aug
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Venue: Clifton Explore Library
Cost: £2


What’s on in York: Explore a Story

York Explore Library :

Thu 18 May :

1.30pm – 2.30pm :


Bog Baby Mud Pie‘Explore a Story’ is an interactive storytelling session for 2-5 year olds. The session uses props and games to get the children involved in bringing the stories to life.

The sessions give children the opportunity to use and develop their imaginations within the storytelling, and helps to develop their creative skills beyond the sessions also. This interactive style of storytelling shows the children different ways to read a story and opens up and re-imagines how the stories are put together.

Come with us through the swishy swashy grass on a bear hunt, with teddy to the moon, or on a perilous quest to find some secret treasure. They are encouraged to bring their own ideas and build them into the session on a journey through the imagination.

Available to pre book by coming into any York library or by telephone on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Tracy Borman: The Private Lives of the Tudors

Tuesday 12th July

19:00 – 20:30

York Explore, Museum Square, York

Following her huge, sold-out event at the Hay Festival, Tracy Borman is now heading to York.
Tracy is one of the UK’s leading historians and will be appearing at York Explore to discuss her new book, The Private Lives of Tudors.
Using accounts of eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources, historian Tracy Borman has examined the Tudors more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.
This event will take place at York Explore and Waterstones will provide a bookstall where Tracy will sign copies.Further details: Tel. 01904 620784