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March 2018

Pre Festival Event: Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£7

Elizabeth Buchan and Joy Rhoades have both written acclaimed novels set in the shadow of the Second World War. Join them

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Festival Launch and Launch of York Centre for Writing with York St John University Authors and Special Guest Fiona Mozley

March 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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£8

We are delighted to celebrate the launch of the 2018 York Literature Festival with this special event celebrating York writers.

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HUB Writing for Fun – Creative Writing Workshop

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£3

This writing workshop, provided by The Writing Tree, is packed with fun, inspiring activities for anyone with an interest in writing,

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Dr Janina Ramirez – The World of Medieval Mysticism

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£10

Dr Janina Ramirez (University of Oxford) has written and presented a book and BBC documentary on Medieval mystic Julian of Norwich, the

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Medea Maria

March 16 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£7

A deeply moving and powerful performance of Euripides’ Medea, retold through the lens of Maria Callas, one of the last great

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HUB Flash Fiction – Story and Drama in a Tiny World with Ben Warden

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Free

Come along for a brief introduction to the flash fiction form, hear some stories from a local flash project, then try

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Sara Radstone – Corpus

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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£10

Artist Sara Radstone discusses her installation Corpus and the sculptural form of the book, followed by a practical demonstration in the Studio.

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Hot Coals Theatre presents Finders Keepers

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£7 - £16

Two twits, one junkyard and an unexpected surprise! Two endearing, quirky characters living in a scrapyard on the fringes of society have

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YMT Book Club: Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Free

Join the book club with a difference. Black Dog is a graphic novel using powerful illustrations to drive the narrative. After

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Sir Simon Jenkins – Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£10

Bestselling historian Simon Jenkins has travelled the country to select the best railway stations and will describe their history, geography, design

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Poetry Workshop with Robert Powell

March 18 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW United Kingdom
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Free

Drawing inspiration from the work of Paul Nash and John Stezaker, poet Robert Powell will lead a series of creative approaches

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Guy Bass – Stitch Head

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£4

Guy Bass’s bestselling book series follows the adventures of a mad scientist’s forgotten creation, the tiny hero known as Stitch Head. Join Guy

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Class Murder with Leigh Russell: Ten Stops in Ten Cities

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£5

Join Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Detective Geraldine Steel mysteries, and Anna Wallace, from BBC Radio York, as they talk

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain

March 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£10

Being a British Muslim for the past decade or so has been a brutal affair. How did this state of affairs

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HUB Generating Ideas – Creative Writing Workshop

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Free

Have you ever struggled to think of an idea for your next piece of fiction? Worry no more! This practical training

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HUB Bookstall

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Free

Local publishers and authors offer their novels, collections, children's books and non-fiction for purchase by the public. Come along and see

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Rachel Joyce – The Music Shop

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bettys Tea Rooms, 6-8 St Helen's Square
York, YO1 8QP United Kingdom
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£18

From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and

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HUB The Third Figure

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£3

The Third Figure is a new audio drama, read here for the first time. Set in a not too distant

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Little Nephews: the Literary Offspring of Nineteen Eighty-Four’s Big Brother

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£5

Sales of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four spiked following the 2016 US Presidential election, but interest in dystopian fiction has been growing for

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Lucy Adlington – The Red Ribbon

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mount School, Dalton Terrace
York, YO24 4DD United Kingdom
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£5

History Wardrobe presents The Red Ribbon. Dress historian Lucy Adlington invites you into the wonderful world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home-sewing

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HUB Future Echoes II – SF and Fantasy Open Mic

March 19 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Open mic for writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and speculative fiction. Bring your original stories to share (sign up

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HUB Homecoming – Finding Creative Ways into Writing About Your Subject.

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£3

Joanna Ezekiel will be discussing how she found starting points for poems about her family, ancestors, different locations, historical events, biographical figures,

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Poetry Workshop with Geraldine Monk and Nisha Ramayya

March 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
De Grey Building, room DG/223, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, North YO31 7EX United Kingdom
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This session offers participants the opportunity to engage in poetry writing from an innovative/experimental perspective. Geraldine Monk is one of Britain’s most

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Geraldine Monk and Nisha Ramayya

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Free

This event brings together two highly regarded and distinctive contemporary poets for an evening of readings and conversation. Geraldine Monk has

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Dale Pinnock – The Medicinal Chef

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mount School, Dalton Terrace
York, YO24 4DD United Kingdom
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£12

Dale Pinnock aka The Medicinal Chef is the bestselling author of 13 books, ranging across targeted “specific health-related information and recipe books”

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Dyad Productions presents The Time Machine

March 20 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£14

From the creators of Austen's Women and Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, both of which have been performed at previous York Literature Festivals.

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York Literature Festival HUB presents special guests Leeds Trinity University Anthology of Poetry and Prose

March 20 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£3

The York Literature Festival is delighted to welcome the Leeds Trinity University team to the HUB for the launch of their

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Research, Writing & Revision: The Art of Paperback Writing with Jack Sheffield

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Free

Jack Sheffield will be at York St John University to discuss the writerly processes behind his best-selling Teacher series. In the 60s

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Beyond the Walls Anthology Launch and Student Showcase

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Basement Bar, City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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Free

Join York Centre for Writing and Valley Press for the launch of Beyond the Walls, an annual anthology showcasing the writing

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Lucy Worsley presents Jane Austen at Home

March 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£25.00

"The Undisputed Queen of TV history" Guardian 2015 York Literature Festival welcomes Dr Lucy Worsley. Dr Lucy Worsley is passionate

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Carcanet Press Poetry Panel

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, York, YO10 5DD + Google Map
Free

The University of York and Carcanet Press are delighted to present Phoebe Power and Oli Hazzard for an unmissable evening of poetry.

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Launch of the Pollination Project Anthology

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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Free

Special guests: Beekeeper Julia Smith and Dr Debbie Maxwell, Lecturer in Interactive Media, University of York. Plus an exhibition of photography from

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Finding the Words with poets Jade Cuttle, Keith Hutson and Ruth McIlroy

March 22 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£3

Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.

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Johnny Ball – Wonders Beyond Numbers

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£10

TV legend Johnny Ball will tell us one of the greatest stories of all: the story of mathematics. Introducing us to

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The Crick Crack Club presents Others from the Other Side

March 22 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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£12

The Irish landscape is full of stories peopled by shape-shifters and once-godfairies who move seamlessly between our own and a decidedly other

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HUB Promoting Independent Authors

March 22 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Self-published author? Small press? Independent bookseller or media? Promoting Yorkshire Authors, is hosting THE event that brings together members of the indie

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HUB Market Day Blues

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shambles Market Food Court, York, + Google Map
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Janet Dean hosts a celebration of markets, with poets, story tellers and musicians. An open mic event, presented in the Shambles

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Riverain Book Launch and River Cruise – York Literature Festival On the Water

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
City Cruises, York,
£10

With Robert Powell & guests Abi Curtis, Ian Duhig, and Ben Crosthwaite. What better way to dip in to poet Robert

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The Mount School/York Literature Festival Creative Writing Competition Event

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Mount School, Dalton Terrace
York, YO24 4DD United Kingdom
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£2

Winners of 'Monsters', the York Literature Festival Creative Writing Competition 2017, will read their winning entries in this celebration of young creative

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1818-2018: Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Legacy, with Angela Wright

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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‘How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and dilate upon, so hideous an idea?’ Frankenstein, 1831, Preface by

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Simon Turney – Caligula

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones, 15 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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£5

Everyone knows his name. Everyone thinks they know his story. Rome 37AD. The emperor is dying. No-one knows how long he has

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Writers & Artists One Day Creative Writing Conference

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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£65

If you want to delve into the world of speculative fiction, learn from the best at our day of writing

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Carole Bromley and Anneliese Emmans Dean

March 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£4

Come along and hear poems performed by Carole Bromley from her new collection, Blast Off! and from Anneliese Emmans Dean's Flying High!

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A.P. Winter – The Boy Who Went Magic

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£4

A rip-roaring fantasy adventure from a new voice, The Boy Who Went Magic is the debut novel from A.P. Winter –

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St Peter’s Science Lecture: Phil Manning – Last Days of the Dinosaurs

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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The end of the dinosaurs’ reign on Earth was 65 million years ago. What happened? Recent discoveries in Mexico suggest a meteorite hit the

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Historical Fiction Panel – Sarah Maine, Pamela Hartshorne and Tim Murgatroyd

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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£6

Three writers, based in York, discuss their work and the art of writing engaging historical fiction. Sarah Maine was born

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WWI Archive and Creative Writing performance

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street
York, YO24 1AQ United Kingdom
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Marking the centenary of the end of WWI, this event brings together archive films made in York during WW1, artefacts from

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Dr Lindsey Fitzharris – The Butchering Art

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Clifton
York, YO30 6AB
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£10

Surgeons are the miracle-workers of the 21st century – but it was not always so… In The Butchering Art, medical historian

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Poetry for All – Accessible Poetry

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Clements Hall, Nunthorpe, Nunthorpe Road
York, YO23 1BW United Kingdom
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£7

New this year, we’re offering poetry for everyone: A BSL interpreter, big screen projection of poems submitted in advance, assistive animals -

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Poetry Competition Results with Andrew McMillan

March 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
City Cruises, York,
£10

This year's competition winners will be announced at a gala awards evening aboard one of City Cruises York boats. A limited

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HUB Living with Ghosts – Oz Hardwick and Amina Alyal

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl
York, YO1 7HD United Kingdom
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Poets Oz Hardwick and Amina Alyal explore ways in which we are haunted by ghosts of the past and ghosts of

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Festival Closing Event: Northern Noir Crime Fiction with A.A. Dhand and Robert Scragg

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones, 15 Coney Street
York, YO1 9QL
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£6

To close this year's festival we have an event examining the growing trend of Northern Noir crime fiction. What is this

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