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March 2017
Free

Pre-Festival: The Pollination Project – Symposium

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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In Association with Urban Buzz, York St John University are hosting writers, artists and conservationists inspired by bees. Speakers include

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Pre-Festival: The Pollination Project – Wildflower Workshop Planting Day & Outdoor Creative Writing

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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Meet at the front of the Quad building, York St John University, in the beautiful gardens on Lord Mayor’s Walk.

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£14

Joanne Harris and the #Storytime Band – 2017 Festival Launch Event

March 16 @ 7:30 pm
De Grey Rooms, St. Leonards Place
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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There is a story the bees used to tell, which makes it hard to disbelieve... Joanne Harris is the internationally

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A Pocketful of Grimms

March 17 @ 11:00 am - March 18 @ 2:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Let the magical Storyteller whisk you away to a land of fables to explore some of the world’s favourite fairytales.

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£7

Claire Fuller and Julia Rochester

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Mount School, Dalton Terrace
York, YO24 4DD United Kingdom
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York Literature Festival welcomes two emerging authors in a very special event. Claire Fuller is the author of two novels.

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£5

Anthony Clavane – A Yorkshire Tragedy

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones, 15 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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Anthony Clavane’s new book examines the divisive legacy of the 1980s on sport. “A tender and often terrifying tour of some

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£14

EXTRA EVENT: Eating with Victoria: a Greedy Queen

March 17 @ 7:00 pm
Fairfax House, Castlegate
York, YO1 9RN United Kingdom
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PREVIEW LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH with Dr. Annie Gray Food historian Dr Annie Gray offers a new perspective on Britain’s

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£15

Poetry Writing Masterclass – Christy Ducker

March 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Poetry Writing Masterclass with Christy Ducker, presented in association with the Flesh exhibition and the York Art Gallery.

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£3

Tim Hopgood

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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If you like stories and drawing, come along and meet award-winning author/illustrator Tim Hopgood. Tim will be reading his best-selling

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£15

Poetry Writing Masterclass – Andrew McMillan

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Poetry Writing Masterclass with Andrew McMillan, presented in association with the Flesh exhibition and the York Art Gallery.

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£15

Mark Gatiss in Conversation

March 18 @ 3:00 pm
Grand Opera House, Cumberland St
York, YO1 9SW
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Mark Gatiss first came to prominence as one of the writer/ performers of the award-winning comedy troupe The League of

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£5

Flesh – Early evening Poetry with Christy Ducker, Andrew McMillan and Robert Powell

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Flesh: An Early Evening of Poetry with Christy Ducker, Andrew McMillan, Robert Powell and Flesh Poetic Sketchbook attendees.

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£22.50

Michael Palin in Conversation

March 18 @ 7:00 pm
Grand Opera House, Cumberland St
York, YO1 9SW
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Michael Palin CBE is a founding member of the internationally renowned Monty Python team, revelling in the fish-slapping dance, the lumberjack

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£12

The Crick Crack Club present Grim Grimms: Fairytales for Grown Ups

March 18 @ 8:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Gothic, stark, beguiling and beautiful, Ben Haggarty ventures into the wild side of fairytale to haul four lesser-known Grimm tales

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£8

Sarah Hall – The Wolf Border

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Sarah Hall, the acclaimed author of The Electric Michaelangelo,The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man will be

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£5

Trevor Hoyle – The Last Gasp, with Dave Taylor

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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The Last Gasp is a chillingly prophetic novel that depicts a future Earth starved of oxygen — and the terrifying

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£7.50

An Audience with Gervase Phinn

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Gervase Phinn – comedian, author, poet, broadcaster, lecturer, educational guru, after-dinner speaker and ‘born raconteur’ (The Guardian) - is perhaps

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£5

Apples and Snakes – Scratch York Poetry Workshop

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Do you have some great poems, but a deadly fear of microphones? Do you want to improve your confidence and

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£10

Dan Cruickshank – the History of Architecture in 100 Buildings

March 20 @ 7:00 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan

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Apples and Snakes – Rewind Open Mic

March 20 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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A pop-up plethora of local talent with something for everyone guaranteed, compered by the hosts of York’s two regular open

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£8

Discovering the Short Story: Writing Suspense and Speculative Short Fiction

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
King’s Manor: Room K/033, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EP
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Popular philosopher Noël Carroll places the discovery plot at the centre of horror fiction, and discovery is equally – if

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£10

Ann Widdecombe

March 21 @ 7:00 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Former MP, Minister of State and Shadow Cabinet Minister and now a journalist, broadcaster and author, Ann Widdecombe will be

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National Railway Project – York Station Stories

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Get your ticket and come and join us at the train station! You are invited to Quad South Hall, transformed,

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£5

Sarah Lawson Welsh – Life of Kenyan Novelist Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate
York, YO1 9RL
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UK-born Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye arrived in Kenya as a lay missionary at the height of the Mau Mau rebellion. She

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Thisbe

March 21 @ 7:45 pm - March 22 @ 7:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Thirteen year old Thisbe is neglected by her loved-up parents Demetrius and Helena. But an encounter with mischief-maker Puck gives

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Inglorious Prey: The Incarceration of James Montgomery

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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In 1795 Sheffield newspaper editor and poet James Montgomery was accused of treason and thrown into York Castle Prison, charged

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Prof Jeff Forshaw – Universal

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Jeff Forshaw is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and has recently co-written Universal: A Guide to

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£23.50

Sue Perkins

March 22 @ 7:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Join Sue for an evening full of sparkling wit, tall tales and a user’s guide to Mary Berry. Sue is

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£8

Painting Poetry: Imagery and Abstracts in Poetry Writing

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
King’s Manor: Room K/033, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EP
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“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech”  (Simonides of Ceos: 556 BC – 468

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£5

Apples and Snakes – PowerPlant: Slamming Masterclass

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green
York, YO1 7PR
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Led by the current title-holder of the prestigious BBC Poetry Slam, this is for anyone who wants to take their

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Andy Owen – East of Coker

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Andy Owen’s career in the British Army saw him serve as a Captain in the Intelligence Corps. He completed tours

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£7

Apples and Snakes – Say Owt Slam

March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Basement Bar, City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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Adventurous, bacchanalean, cadenced, dazzling, eccentric – yes, it’s the A to Z of all that is best in performance poetry,

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£8

Girls’ Own Adventures: Women in Crime Fiction, with Sophie Hannah, Elizabeth Haynes, Nick Quantrill and Helen Cadbury

March 23 @ 7:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Join us to explore how women are portrayed as villains, victims, and detectives with best-selling authors, Sophie Hannah, Elizabeth Haynes

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£6

Rob Cowen

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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“A cracking book and having finished it, I now feel deprived.” - Alan Bennett. Award-winning writer and author Rob Cowen

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£12.50

Cinem@ York Literature Festival – Chocolat

March 24 @ 7:00 pm
De Grey Rooms, St. Leonards Place
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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A gala night out at York’s spectacular De Grey Rooms. Connecting with Joanne Harris’ personal appearance at the Festival we

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£8

Michel Faber – Undying: A Love Story

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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The award-winning author of The Book of Strange New Things, Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and White reads

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£5

Jacob Ross – The Bone Readers

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones, 15 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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“The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive

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£12

Kevin Rushby

March 24 @ 7:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Kevin Rushby has put thousands of travel stories into print. But some of the best material never got used. Join

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How To Get Published: One-Day Creative Writing Conference

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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£65 with discount code YLF2017 (RRP £95) Writers & Artists are joining forces with York Literature Festival for the third

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£15

Apples and Snakes – Read Our Lips 12 Hour Filmpoem Challenge

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Seasoned filmmakers Laura Degnan and James Harris will guide you from words on the page, through story-boarding, filming and editing,

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£5

Cinnamon Press – World War I writers

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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Independent publishers Cinnamon Press join York Literature Festival for the first time to showcase some of their poignant and powerful

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£9

Jane Austen’s Ladies of a Certain Age

March 25 @ 2:00 pm
Clement’s Hall, Nunthorpe, Nunthorpe Road
York, YO23 1BW United Kingdom
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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of one of the greats of English literature, The Northern Branch of

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York Museum Trust Book Club – The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Annie stumbles across The Improbability of Love, a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau, one of the most influential French painters of

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Apples and Snakes – Read Our Lips Public Performance

March 25 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Join our intrepid audio-visual explorers in an exclusive screening of new filmpoems shot on location in York, created and edited

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£20

Voicing the Water – River Walk and Workshop

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane
York, YO30 7DS United Kingdom
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A creative river walk and workshop facilitated by poet Robert Powell and artist Jake Attree, accompanied by writer and Canal

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£5

Rosie Jackson

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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The Glass Mother is a deeply moving, intimate account of one woman’s search for meaning after a meteoric rise to

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Voicing the Water – Public Poetry Reading

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane
York, YO30 7DS United Kingdom
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Public Presentation & Reading. A water-themed, rivery, and canal-filled public presentation and reading by Luke Kennard - Canal Laureate 2016

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£7.50

Reverend Richard Coles in conversation

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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After a life of sex and drugs and the Communards the Reverend Richard Coles went on to devote himself to

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York Literature Festival / York Mix Poetry Competition Results

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate
York, YO1 9SL
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Antony Dunn presents the results of the 2017 York Literature Festival / York Mix poetry competition. Winning poets will read

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£7.50

Christina Lamb – Farewell Kabul

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Christina Lamb is currently Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times and is a bestselling author. Her particular passions are

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£14

Dyad Productions present Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

March 27 @ 7:45 pm - March 28 @ 7:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master

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£15

Nuala Ellwood – My Sister’s Bones afternoon tea

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Betty’s Tea Rooms, 6-8 St Helen's Square
York, YO1 8QP United Kingdom
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A war reporter who can’t trust her own eyes. A deadly secret at the heart of a family. A killer

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Student Showcase and Beyond the Walls Anthology Launch

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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York St John Creative Writing students will perform their original work in this fantastic showcase of some of the finest

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£6

Carys Bray

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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Carys Bray, award-winning author of A Song for Issy Bradley and The Museum of You will be talking about her

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Steve Tilson and Jez Lowe

March 28 @ 7:30 pm
The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church,, Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL
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Two of the British acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces tonight for a shared concert filled with lyrics and music,

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Contemporary British Poetry: SJ Fowler and Antony Dunn

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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This evening brings together two highly regarded and distinctive contemporary British poets. Antony Dunn is winner of the Newdigate Prize and an Eric

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£10

Jonathan Dimbleby – The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

March 29 @ 7:00 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to the Allied victory. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery

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Contemporary Gothic Day: Workshop by Mark Blacklock

March 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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Mark Blacklock will run this workshop as part of a Contemporary Gothic Day with Andrew Michael Hurley. I’m Jack by

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Contemporary Gothic Day: Workshop by Andrew Michael Hurley

March 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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Andrew Michael Hurley will run this workshop as part of a Contemporary Gothic Day with Mark Blacklock. The Loney draws

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£5

Paul Edmondson – Shakespeare and Religion

March 30 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate
York, YO1 9RL
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How might we begin to understand Shakespeare and religion? What might his works reveal about his personal beliefs? What kind

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Contemporary Gothic Day: Evening Reading

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Mark Blacklock (I’m Jack) and Andrew Michael Hurley (The Loney) each draw on the Gothic in different ways in their

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The Yorkshire Rows

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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Four Mums in a Boat is the incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on

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£12

Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor?

March 30 @ 7:45 pm - March 31 @ 7:45 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Vandal Raptor were the greatest 4-piece dinosaur-themed punk band you’ve never heard of. Then they broke up. 10 years later

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