By York, for York, in the Heart of York.

The 2018 York Literature Festival welcomes back the HUB after its popular introduction last year.
This strand of events within the festival programme aims to highlight the depth of creative talent from the city of York.

Please note that all HUB events taking place in the York Theatre Royal (Keregan Room or Upper Foyer) require a ticket, even if the event is free. Please contact the Theatre Box Office.

Writing for Fun – Creative Writing Workshop
16th March 2018 | 1pm – 2.30pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | £3
This writing workshop, provided by The Writing Tree, is packed with fun, inspiring activities for anyone with an interest in writing, whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit rusty! We will explore freewriting, sources of inspiration and how writing can be cathartic, fun and good for us. ~ Twitter: @writing_tree

Flash Fiction – Story and Drama in a Tiny World with Ben Warden
17th March 2018 | 11am – 12noon
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | FREE: audience invited to pay what they wish
Come along for a brief introduction to the flash fiction form, hear some stories from a local flash project, then try your hand at flash fiction. This exciting session will open your eyes to the diverse nature of this emerging form as well as giving you some time to write your own flash stories.

Generating Ideas – Creative Writing Workshop
19th March 2018 | 11am – 12.30pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | FREE: audience invited to pay what they wish

Have you ever struggled to think of an idea for your next piece of fiction? Worry no more! This practical training session will give you the tools to generate story ideas in any and every situation. Whether writing a competition entry or a magazine story, these techniques will help.

HUB Bookstall
19th March 2018 | 11am – 4pm
York Theatre Royal, Upper Foyer | FREE, just come along on the day
Local publishers and authors offer their novels, collections, children’s books and non-fiction for purchase by the public. Come along and see the selection. The HUB book stall is open to all.

The Third Figure
19th March 2018 | 6pm – 7pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | £3
The Third Figure is a new audio drama, read here for the first time. Set in a not too distant future, this dark comedy explores a world where social media has spawned a new industry of extremely life-like self-replicas. Expect titillating discomfort as the play exposes and explores provocative questions about robots, humans, sex, gender, capitalism, community, individuality and autoeroticism.

Future Echoes II – Sci Fi Open Mic
19th March 2018 | 7.45pm – 10pm
York Theatre Royal, Upper Foyer | FREE: audience invited to pay what they wish
Open mic for writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and speculative fiction. Bring your original stories to share (sign up on the door for slots of up to 10 minutes) or come and listen to our tales of wonder. Contact *protected email* for more information.

Homecoming – Finding Creative Ways into Writing About Your Subject.
20th March 2018 | 11am – 12noon
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | £3
Joanna Ezekiel will be discussing how she found starting points for poems about her family, ancestors, different locations, historical events, biographical figures, and York itself, with readings from her second poetry collection Homecoming (Valley Press, 2016).

York Literature Festival HUB presents special guests Leeds Trinity University
Anthology of Poetry and Prose
20th March 2018 | 7.45pm – 9.30pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | £3
The York Literature Festival is delighted to welcome the Leeds Trinity University team to the HUB for the launch of their latest anthology. The anthology is published by Indigo Dreams and this is the third publication in the series. This year’s theme, Portmanteau, has inspired a range of different pieces, including topical items relating to the current political climate in the UK. Come along and listen to contributors read from the anthology.

Promoting Independent Authors
22nd March 2018 | 7.45pm – 9.30pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | FREE: audience invited to pay what they wish
Self-published author? Small press? Independent bookseller or media? Promoting Yorkshire Authors, is hosting THE event that brings together members of the indie book community. It will be informative with opportunities for networking, so bring your books along too!

Market Day Blues
23rd March 2018 | 5pm – 7pm
Shambles Market Food Court | FREE
Janet Dean hosts a celebration of markets, with poets, story tellers and musicians. An open mic event, presented in the Shambles Market Food Court. If you want to perform, sign up via our Facebook event or email  *protected email*

WWI Archive and Creative Writing performance
24th March 2018 | 5pm – 7pm
Bar Convent | FREE
Marking the centenary of the end of WWI, this event brings together archive films made in York during WW1, artefacts from the Bar Covent Archive and creative literary responses from students of York St John University. The films show how the events in WWI affected York and the resonances of the Great War are still being felt today. The poetry, prose and monologues developed by history and creative writing students bring the voices of the past to life.

Living with Ghosts – Oz Hardwick and Amina Alyal
26th March 2018 | 5pm – 6.30pm
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room | FREE: audience invited to pay what they wish
Poets Oz Hardwick and Amina Alyal explore ways in which we are haunted by ghosts of the past and ghosts of  ourselves, in a reading accompanied by music. Oz and Amina have collaborated on numerous past projects, including the Saboteur-shortlisted chapbook Close as Second Skins (2015).

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