15 31 March 2019 - www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk Kate Williams - York Literature Festival

15 31 March 2019 - www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk Kate Williams - York Literature Festival
in association with

                       15 - 31 March 2019

Kate Williams              Joanna Trollope            Kate Mosse

 Alan Johnson               Liz Lochhead             Chris Mullin

The Full Bronte              M.R. Carey              Claire North

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Pre-Festival event: Poetry For All                                     Liz Lochhead & Steve
Thursday 14 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                        Kettley: Somethings Old,
Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate £5.50                                 Somethings New
This Open Access Poetry event brings the joy of
                                                                       Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 7pm
poetry and spoken word to all. It is fully accessible
and has been specially created for people with                         St Peter's School £10.00
sight and hearing loss (and other disabilities), but                   From the bittersweet to the
is open to everyone. Featuring professional poets                      rude and raunchy, poet and
Donna Williams ("DeafFirefly"), Jackie Hagan and                       playwright Liz Lochhead,
Imogen Godwin.                                                         weaves a spellbinding and
                                                                       beguiling show, mixing poems,
Festival Launch: with Daisy Johnson,                                   monologues and music.
                                                                       Accompanied by the soulful sax
Everything Under                                                       of Steve Kettley she presents an
Friday 15 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                          intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years. ‘brilliant, raucous and scabrously
York St John University, Temple Hall £8.00                             funny’ (Sunday Times)
Join us to launch the 2019 York Literature Festival
with Daisy Johnson, the youngest writer ever to
be shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker                          Two Jorvik Poets
prize.                                                                 Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 6pm
Daisy will discuss her debut, Everything Under,                        York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room
which turns classical myth on its head and takes                       £3.00
readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to
                                                                       An evening of Anglo-Nordic
                                                                       poetry with two York-based
                                                                       poets, Rahul Gupta and Daniel
                                                                       Gustafsson. Both poets draw
                                                                       much inspiration from the
Writing Poetry for Children                                            history and landscape of the shire and share an interest in alliterative verse. The poets will read from
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 10am - 12.30pm                                new and published work in English, but will also offer samples of verse in Swedish and metrical
York Explore Library and Archive £10.00                                translations from Old English.
Carole Bromley, judge of the new YorkMix Writing Poetry for
Children prize and author of the children’s poetry collection Blast    Vanity & Vision
Off! will run a friendly, practical poetry workshop for poets of all   Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 7pm
levels, including beginners, in the course of which you will write a
                                                                       Mansion House £25.00
number of fun children’s poems and pick up tips on the particular
                                                                       An opulent evening of insight and entertainment from one of
demands of writing for a young audience.
                                                                       England’s most spectacular periods of history in York’s finest
                                                                       Georgian building, the Mansion House. Journey 300 years into
                                                                       the past and mingle among the rooms and treasures as live
                                                                       chamber music by classical 18th century composers plays in the
                                                                       stunningly renovated State Room. We’ll settle you in this candle-lit
                                                                       environment with your welcome drink, as literature about the age
                                                                       will be presented in a modern recreation – a classic period narrative interpreted for the big cinema
                                                                       screen (the film will be announced on the York Literature Festival website). During the evening you
                                                                       will also enjoy a Baroque inspired meal platter and a bar will be available for purchase of drinks.

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Speculative Fiction Day (Saturday 16 March 2019)                     In Conversation with Tade Thompson
                                                                     Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 4.30pm - 5.30pm
                                                                     York St John University, Temple Hall £6.00
Speculative Fiction Day - All Day Ticket                             Tade Thompson is the author of the award winning Rosewater,
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 11am - 9pm                                  a novel set in Africa in 2066 in the aftermath of a global alien
York St John University, Temple Hall £25.00                          visitation. His novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne was
Join us for a whole day focused on the theme of Speculative          recently optioned for screen adaptation and he is also an award
Worlds with a selection of author readings, lectures and panel       winning short story writer. He will be in conversation with Rob
events. Each event is individually priced or you can purchase an     O'Connor (York Literature Festival).
All Day Ticket for only £25.
                                                                     In Conversation with Sophie Mackintosh
Terra Two Anthology Launch with                                      Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 6pm - 7pm
special guest Temi Oh                                                York St John University, Temple Hall £6.00
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 11am -1pm                                   Sophie Mackintosh's work has appeared in Granta, The New York
York St John University, Temple Hall £5.00                           Times and The White Review, among others.
Terra Two: An Ark for Survival is a York St                          Her debut novel The Water Cure was longlisted for the 2018 Man
John University project with the key aim                             Booker Prize, and her next novel, Blue Ticket, is forthcoming in
to help shape the first off-world human                              2020. At this event Sophie will be in conversation about her work
settlement through the lens of science fiction.                      with Professor Abi Curtis (York St John University).
The editors of Terra Two will launch Science Fiction for Survival:
An Anthology for Mars with readings from contributors. Our           In Conversation with Claire North & M. R. Carey
special guest will be author Temi Oh, a King’s College London        Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 7.30pm - 9pm
graduate in neuroscience whose first novel, Do You Dream of          York St John University, Temple Hall £10.00
Terra-Two? centres on humans exploring and colonising other          To end this special day of events York Literature Festival and York
planets. She will be in conversation with Dr Liesl King (York St     St John University welcome Claire North and M. R. Carey. Claire
John University).                                                    North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-
                                                                     nominated author whose debut novel was written when she
Flood Fictions                                                       was just 14 years old. She has fast established herself as one of
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 2.30pm - 3.30pm                             the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her
York St John University, Temple Hall £5.00                           first book published under the Claire North pen name was The
                                                                     First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth
Dr Caroline Edwards will discuss the utopian and apocalyptic
                                                                     bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
implications of a growing number of 21st century fictions that
                                                                     Her latest novel 84K received widespread critical acclaim and
imagine extreme flood events. These narratives respond to our
                                                                     was described by bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel as ’an
growing public awareness of climate change, rising sea levels
                                                                     eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece’.
and possible ecocatastrophe.
                                                                     M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His
However, their radically transformed maps reveal new islands
                                                                     novel The Girl With All the Gifts has sold over a million copies
as sites of utopian change that hint at different social worlds
                                                                     and became a major motion picture, based on his own BAFTA
beyond neoliberal capitalism.
                                                                     Award-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he
After the lecture, Caroline will be in conversation with Professor   has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed
Abi Curtis (York St John University), whose novel Water & Glass      runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men.
depicts a world flooded by rising sea levels.
                                                                     Both authors will be in conversation about their work and the
                                                                     theme of speculative worlds with Rob O'Connor (York Literature

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Door-to-Door Poetry                                                      In Conversation with Joanna Trollope
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                          Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 2pm
The Hovel, South Bank Social Club £6.00 (£7.00 on the door)              St Peter's School £15.00
What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger's            Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty
door and offered to write them a poem? Rowan McCabe is the               years and is well known for her enormously
world's first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-            successful contemporary works of fiction. She
provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about his             has been described as one of the most insightful
adventures around the North East of England, from his visit to a         chroniclers and social commentators writing
council estate in Stockton, to his appearance on BBC Breakfast.          fiction today. Joanna Trollope is the author of
                                                                         over 20 highly acclaimed and bestselling novels,
The Writing Tree                                                         including The Rector's Wife, Marrying the Mistress,
Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 8pm                                             Daughters in Law and City of Friends.
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room Free
This lively session showcases the talent of writers published by the
Writing Tree, including an anthology by Converge students at York
St John University, and the latest collection by Writing Tree writers,
‘Ocean’. We will also launch our new writer’s group, which aims to
provide support, companionship and development opportunities
for local writers of all abilities and experience levels. All welcome!
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Literary Themed Walk Through York
Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 11am
Entrance to Yorkshire Museum Gardens (Lendal) £8.00
Join Blue Badge Guide for Yorkshire David Holt on a literary
themed tour of York. David has an outstanding knowledge of York          Writing Engaging Fiction
and Yorkshire as well as having taught History for almost 30 years.      Monday 18 March 2019 @ 10am - 12pm
Please book by contacting David on 07803 605037 or                       Kings Manor, Room K/033 £10.00
greatyorkshiretours@gmail.com                                            Aimed at beginners, this workshop will explore how to hook your readers and make your fiction
                                                                         impossible to put down! We will examine how tension and excitement can be built into your
Say It Like You Mean It - Performance Poetry Workshop                    writing through a range of techniques such as plot twists, figurative language, style and character
Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 1pm-3pm                                           development. The workshop will be run by Rob O'Connor, creative writing tutor at the Centre for
York Explore Library and Archive £5.00                                   Lifelong Learning, University of York.
Join poet and performer Rowan McCabe (winner of the 2015 Great
Northern Slam) for a workshop which takes your poem from the
page and brings it to life on the stage. Through a series of fun         Vaseem Khan, Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
games and exercises, we will explore crucial performance skills          Monday 18 March 2019 @ 6pm
and get a poem ready for that all important slam, open mic or
                                                                         York Explore Library and Archive £8.00
guest slot.
                                                                         Author Vaseem Khan will take readers on a journey from the days
                                                                         of the Raj to the heart of modern India, a colourful and conflicted
                                                                         environment of new wealth and historical problems. Vaseem
                                                                         will explore the realities of life in a country being transformed by
                                                                         global change whilst answering the intriguing question: how do
                                                                         you fit an elephant into a crime story?

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Romance Panel                                                                                           The Remains of the Day
Monday 18 March 2019 @ 6pm                                                                              Tuesday 19 March to Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 7.30pm (Thu matinee
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £3.00                                                                  2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm)
York authors international best seller K. L. Shandwick and Ava Manello, the team behind the             York Theatre Royal, Main House From £15.00
successful Indie Author self publishing workshop will be talking to you about their books and           1930s England. Darlington Hall runs like clockwork under Stevens,
answering questions on self publishing.                                                                 one of the last truly great butlers, all while England stands on a
                                                                                                        precipice, as fascism builds and boils in Europe. 2017 Nobel Prize
Valley Press Poets                                                                                      winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which became a beloved Merchant
Monday 18 March 2019 @ 7pm                                                                              Ivory film, is now transformed into an exquisite stage play by one
                                                                                                        of Britain’s most exciting writers, Barney Norris. It is a story for
City Cruises, King's Staith £10.00
                                                                                                        anyone who has ever been afraid to follow their heart.
Join poets Anthony Dunn (Newdigate Prize and Eric Gregory
Award winner), Penny Boxall (Edwin Morgan Poetry Award
winner), Wendy Pratt (YorkMix Poetry Competition winner) and
                                                                                                        Pre-Show Talk for The Remains of the Day with Barney Norris
Charlotte Eichler (published in PN Review, The Rialto and Stand)                                        Wednesday 20 March 2019 @ 6.30pm
in a celebratory showcase of poetry to coincide with Valley Press’10 year anniversary. To buy tickets   York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room Free
please go to citycruisesyork.com.                                                                       Don't miss the Pre-show Talk of The Remains of the Day with adaptor Barney Norris on adapting the
                                                                                                        novel and working with Kazuo Ishiguro. This event is free but please book your place via Box Office.
The Wordsmiths
Monday 18 March 2019 @ 8pm                                                                              Between Heaven and Hell: Constructing Dystopia
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £3.00                                                                  Wednesday 20 March 2019 @ 10am - 12pm
The Wordsmiths are a well-established York writing group. We have been experimenting with               Kings Manor, Room K/033 £10.00
writing in different genres and will showcase short stories of less than 500 words and short poems.     This participative workshop, designed for both experienced and beginner writers, will explore
Our tutor is Pat Borthwick, a widely published and award winning poet and writer. There are ten of      essential skills to conceive and write convincing dystopian fiction. Sessions on believable world-
us in the Wordsmiths, with very individual styles which we hope you will enjoy.                         building, dystopian characters, how ‘big ideas’ can meet dynamic plots to keep the reader hooked,
                                                                                                        the language of dystopia and how other literary genres fruitfully connect with dystopian fiction,
                                                                                                        will equip you to create your very own Heaven or Hell… or perhaps somewhere in between!
The Art of Translation & Contemporary Iranian
Literature                                                                                              Tim Murgatroyd, Pilgrim Tale
Tuesday 19 March 2019 @ 6.30pm                                                                          Wednesday 20 March 2019 @ 7pm
Quaker Meeting House £8.00                                                                              Waterstones £5.00
To celebrate the launch of The Book of Tehran published by                                              Who would you sacrifice to live forever? York author Tim
Comma Press, join us for a reading and conversation around                                              Murgatroyd launches and talks about his latest novel, Pilgrim Tale
translation and exciting new short fiction from Iran! Experience                                        (Cloud Lodge Books). The first instalment of a dystopian trilogy
the vibrancy, subtlety and sophistication of Persian writing – the                                      set in North Yorkshire, Pilgrim Tale has been described as ‘a vision
use of imagery, metaphor, satire, comedy as well as the rhythms                                         of the future that is terrifyingly possible and at the same time
and cadences of the prose. Hear about the process, challenges                                           outlandishly and pleasurably inventive’.
and art of translation, all which will provide a glimpse into the real
life of Tehran.

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The Forgotten Works, Phenomena                                                                        Stronger. Braver. Wiser. with Jennifer Potter
Wednesday 20 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                                                      Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 6pm
Fossgate Social, 25 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA £2.00                                                      York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £5.00
All spaces are haunted: by those who have come before us, and by                                      Jennifer Potter might never have said anything. But after seeing
our past, present and future selves. In Phenomena, The Forgotten                                      the progress made by the #MeToo movement, she knew she had
Works (Oz Hardwick, Amina Alyal and Karl Baxter) use spoken                                           to speak up. So she told the police about her rape. Jennifer Potter
word, music, electronic sounds, and lights to create a unique                                         shares her journey from keeping a shameful secret to finding the
atmosphere in which time stretches and thins, spaces become                                           courage to speak her truth. It is a story of triumph and offers a
permeable, and the divisions between discrete senses blur and disappear into a haunted whole.         sign post for anyone who’s been through difficult times about the
                                                                                                      road to find peace, especially for those that share the wounds of
Launch of WITCH by Rebecca Tamás                                                                      rape and sexual violence. The ticket price will be going to the charity IDAS (Independent Domestic
Wednesday 20 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                                                      Abuse Services).
York Medical Society Free
Experience the darkly magical poetry of Rebecca Tamás at
the launch of her highly anticipated debut collection WITCH,                                          The Full Bronte
alongside Raymond Antrobus (The Perserverance) and Rachael                                            Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 6.30pm
Allen (Kingdomland). Tamás will explore the hidden histories of                                       The Centre @ Burnholme £10.00
woman; her triumphs, fears, oppressions and strength, through                                         Join hosts Maria (glamour puss, academic,
the symbolic lens of the witch archetype. These are poems that                                        thespian) and her assistant Brannie (dog’s body,
unsettle, intrigue and bewitch.                                                                       ensemble cast, backstage crew) in their chaotic
                                                                                                      attempt to homage the Bronte family! Combining
How To Channel Your Literature Degree into Genre Screenwriting                                        comedy, storytelling, music, and games, this
Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 10am                                                                         show of wuthering delights is a literary cabaret
Kings Manor, Room K/033 £10.00                                                                        like no other. Car parking is available at the
Writer and Director Miles Watts has created imaginative cinematic worlds over the past two            venue.
decades. Beginning with no/low budget films made from his own screenplays, Miles has forged
an independent film career making genre and cult movies that have taken in worldwide film
festivals and national cinema tours, culminating in 2018 with the creation of a feature version of    Diane Setterfield, Once Upon A River
his cult comedy-horror web series Zomblogalypse, filmed in York. Miles will share his screenwriting   Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 6.30pm
techniques and literary inspirations, from classics to modern screenplays, that have informed his     Quaker Meeting House £10.00
writing style.                                                                                        "It was the longest night of the year when the
                                                                                                      strangest of things happened…"
Kim McCabe, From Daughter to Woman                                                                    Diane Setterfield, author of The Thirteenth
Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 6pm                                                                          Tale and Once Upon a River, discusses folklore,
The Mount School £5.00                                                                                romance and the power of storytelling against
Join Kim McCabe as she discusses practical ways to make the                                           the backdrop of an ancient inn on the banks of
teenager’s journey safer, kinder and better supported, so that                                        the river one dark and stormy midwinter night.
everyone can better enjoy the adolescent years. This talk is
for everyone interested in steering their daughters happily
through their teens, from parents of daughters age 8 – 18 years,
flummoxed grandmothers and caring aunties, to anyone who
works closely with pre-teen and teenage girls.

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Writing the Maternal with Liz Berry, Jessie Greengrass                                                  Children’s Day (Saturday 23 March 2019)
and Rachel Bower (Chaired by Dr Naomi Booth)
Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 7pm                                                                            Children's Creative Writing Competition Workshops
York St John University, Temple Hall Free                                                               Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 10am - 3pm
A reading and discussion with brilliant new writers who represent                                       The Mount School Free
the maternal experience with dazzling insight, honesty and                                              Calling all young writers and poets! The Mount is host a creative writing workshop and a poetry
artistry. Liz Berry’s award-winning The Republic of Motherhood sees                                     workshop for under 18s who are interested in honing their creative literary skills. The Creative
the maternal through its darkest hours to its brightest days. Jessie                                    Writing workshop is from 10am to 11.30am, and the Poetry Workshop, which is from 12.00pm to
Greengrass' book Sight, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, weaves together philosophy,      1.30pm, will be run by Say Owt Slam's Henry Raby. Whether you are bringing in your completed
science and subjectivity to produce a work of extraordinary intimacy. Rachel Bower’s Moon Milk          works, works in progress, or even a clean slate, these free workshops will be useful for any young
takes an unflinching look at the joys and challenges of pregnancy, birth and early childhood.           creative minds.

Sci-Fi Panel                                                                                            York St John Lecturers' Story Time for Children
Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 8pm                                                                            Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 11am
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room Free                                                                   York Explore Library and Archive Free
Stairwell Books has a growing reputation as a publisher of science fiction and fantasy. Pauline Kirk,   Join us for this unique event where lecturers from York St John’s
Susie Williamson, Clint Wastling and William Thirsk-Gaskell will be reading excerpts from their work    programmes in Literature and Creative Writing read their pre-school
and answering questions posed by the audience. There will also be an open mic with a limited            picture-book favourites from the likes of Julia Donaldson, Kes Gray,
number of 5 minute slots for writers who’d like to take part. (Sign up on the night). Donations to      Dr Seuss, and Nadia Shireen. Suitable for children 0-6.
SASH youth homeless charity working in York would be welcome.
                                                                                                        Storytelling and Drama with Hoglets - Babies (Birth to
Read Regional and New Writing North Showcase                                                            Walking)
Friday 22 March 2019 @ 6pm
                                                                                                        Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 1pm
York St John University, De Grey Theatre Free
                                                                                                        York Explore Library and Archive £5.00
New Writing North supports writing and reading in the North of England as well as commissioning
                                                                                                        Hoglets classes bring imaginations to life, turning stories into
new work. The Read Regional campaign aims to connect authors from the North to local readers.
                                                                                                        adventures. We take drama and performance skills and mix them
This showcase will feature readings from some of the most exciting writers in our region. Andrew
                                                                                                        with some games, craft and songs.
Michael Hurley (award winning author of The Loney) will read from his new novel, Devil's Day. Jude
Brown (Northern Writers’ Award recipient) will read from her new work. John Challis (his poems
appear on BBC Radio 4 and anthologies) will read from his first pamphlet of poetry, The Black Cab.      Storytelling and Drama with Hoglets - Toddlers (Walking +)
                                                                                                        Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 1.45pm
Flash Fiction Workshop                                                                                  York Explore Library and Archive £5.00
Friday 22 March 2019 @ 7pm - 8.30pm                                                                     Hoglets classes bring imaginations to life, turning stories into adventures. We take drama and
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £5.00                                                                  performance skills and mix them with some games, craft and songs.
A workshop for writers at all levels. This session will introduce the idea of ‘what makes a story’,
briefly looking at storytelling through screenwriting and then introduce you to flash fiction, as a     Bears, Badges and Buns with Martin Watts
way of practising and honing your craft. This is a light session, with an aim to get you inspired.      Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 2.45pm
                                                                                                        York Explore Library and Archive £2.00
Old Herbaceous                                                                                          Join Martin Watts as he reads The Bear in the Library and The Bear
Friday 22 March 2019 @ 7.45pm                                                                           and the Beetle. Everyone will get to make a badge featuring a bear
York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students                                                      and will get to eat buns and talk about the story. Under 2's are free
                                                                                                        to attend.
Sown with seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous
portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants. A PMac production, by
Reginald Arkell, adapted by Alfred Shaughnessy.

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Big History Weekend (Friday 22 to Sunday 24 2019)                                                               Kate Mosse, The Burning Chambers
                                                                                                                Friday 22 March 2019 @ 7pm
Big History Weekend All Day Ticket                                                                              St Peter's School £10.00
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 10am - 6pm                                                                             Bringing 16th century France vividly to life, The
Kings Manor £35.00                                                                                              Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and
Join us for a whole weekend of historical themed author readings,                                               betrayal, mysteries and secrets. Author of six
debates and panel events (supported by the Historical Writers'                                                  novels and short story collections, including the
Association). Each event is individually priced. You can also purchase an                                       multi-million selling Languedoc Trilogy, Kate is a
All Day Ticket for the five daytime events on 23 March for only £35.                                            champion of women's creativity and has an OBE
                                                                                                                for services to literature and women. Join Kate as
                                                                                                                she discusses exploring romance and mystery in
Romans with Douglas Jackson                                                                                     medieval France.                                                            Photo: Ruth Crafer
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 10am
Kings Manor £8.00                                                                                               Kate Williams, Rival Queens
York has strong links with the Roman world, having been founded as Eboracum by the Romans in 71
                                                                                                                Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 7pm
AD. Join author Douglas Jackson (Hammer of Rome) to discuss this fascinating time in our history.
                                                                                                                St Peter's School £10.00
                                                                                                                Bestselling author and broadcaster Kate
Vikings with Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough                                                                    Williams’ Rival Queens offers an electrifying new
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 11.30am                                                                                perspective on Elizabeth and Mary, and the
Kings Manor £8.00                                                                                               most important relationship of their lives – that
From raiders and traders to settlers to rulers, the Norse played a unique role in the medieval world.           which they had with one another. Rival Queens
Using York as a starting point, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores the Viking Age. Featuring a               explores the lives of these two incredible women
poet with a terminal case of writer's block, seriously good hair, and a huge fossilised poo.                    of power in a man's world, laying bare both their
                                                                                                                friendship and the struggle that would end in
York Minster with Sarah Brown & Dr Stuart Harrison                                                              Mary's betrayal.
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 2pm
Kings Manor £8.00                                                                                               History Themed Walk Through York
The art and architecture of York Minster has often been the subject of great interest. Please join              Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 11am
Sarah Brown (Director, York Glaziers Trust) and Dr Stuart Harrison (co-author of a major study of               Entrance to Yorkshire Museum Gardens (Lendal) £8.00
certain Minster buildings) as they discuss this medieval master-piece.                                          Join Blue Badge Guide for Yorkshire David Holt on a history themed tour
                                                                                                                of York. David has an outstanding knowledge of York and Yorkshire as well
Richard III with Matt Lewis & Dr Michael Jones                                                                  as having taught History for almost 30 years. Please book by contacting
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 3.30pm                                                                                 David on 07803 605037 or greatyorkshiretours@gmail.com
Kings Manor £8.00
It is one of Britain's great mysteries - is Richard III a murderer? Join authors Matt Lewis (The Survival
                                                                                                                Tessa Dunlop, The Century Girls
of the Princes in the Tower) & Dr Michael Jones (The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III) in this lively   Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 2pm
debate, which will be chaired by Imogen Robertson (Chair, Historical Writers' Association).                     St Peter's School £10.00
                                                                                                                In 2018, Britain celebrated the centenary of some women getting
The Victorians and the Dawn of Railway Romance with Andrew Martin                                               the vote. The Century Girls features six women born in 1918 or
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 5pm                                                                                    before who haven’t just witnessed the change of the intervening
                                                                                                                ten decades, they’ve lived it. Empire shrank, war came and went,
Kings Manor £8.00
                                                                                                                and modern society demanded continual readjustment.... the
Andrew Martin will explain how railways ceased to be disliked as bringers of soulless uniformity to             Century Girls lasted the course, and this book weaves together
being regarded with affection - a journey from Dombey and Son to The Railway Children. He will also             their lifetime’s adventures.
refer to the railways in his own books, including his recent novel, The Martian Girl: A London Mystery.

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Hiding in Plain Sight                                                                                        York Literature Festival Bookstall
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 1pm (The Convent is open from 9am)                                                  Sunday 24 March 2019 @ 12pm - 3pm
Bar Convent Free                                                                                             York Explore Library and Archive Free
The Bar Convent has been hiding in plain sight on Blossom Street in York since 1686. Come to the             Local publishers and authors offer their novels, collections, children's books and non-fiction for
convent to see the history of hidden identities and to hear readings from York St John University's          purchase by the public. Come along and see the selection. The York Literature Festival Bookstall is
Creative Writing students that respond to the convent archives, considering what it means to have            open to all.
identities that might still need to hide in plain sight. You can also visit the Bar Convent Exhibition
and discover the hidden chapel, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary.                                  Satire & the Future: Can The Satirists Still Save Us?
                                                                                                             Monday 25 March 2019 @ 6pm
Alan Johnson, In My Life: A Music Memoir                                                                     York Explore Library and Archive £6.00
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 3pm                                                                                 In this era of apocalyptic headlines and doom-laden news reports,
St Peter's School £10.00                                                                                     it has become increasingly commonplace to despair that satire has
In My Life: A Music Memoir vividly transports us                                                             died. Join Drs Adam Smith and Jo Waugh, directors of the ongoing
to a world that is no longer with us - a world                                                               ‘Satire: Births, Deaths, Legacies’ project, as they discuss the claim
of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love                                                                of the death of satire and put it into historical context, revealing that satire has “died” many times
songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee                                                              before. So can the satirist still save us after all?
shops and dingy dance halls. From Bob Dylan
to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donegan to Bruce                                                                 C.L. Spillard, The Price of Time
Springsteen, all of Alan’s favourites are here. As                                                           Monday 25 March 2019 @ 7.30pm
are, of course, his beloved Beatles, whom he has
                                                                                                             Briar House £3.50 (£5.00 on the door)
worshipped with undying admiration since 1963.
                                                                                                             Former mad scientist C.L. Spillard poses the question: What sort
                                                                                                             of twisted mind would infiltrate humanity’s higher echelons and
                                                                                                             cause them, using a fiendishly simple mechanism we all take for
                                                                                                             granted, to direct our species on a headlong path to self-destruct?
                                                                                                             Hear how she survived the latest interrogation techniques, a
                                                                                                             reduction in core body temperature to 15°C, and experiments in a
                                                                                                             dark psychology lab, to find the answer!
Writing the Ocean
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 7pm - 8.30pm                                                                        What Days We're Having Now
York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £5.00
                                                                                                             Monday 25 March 2019 @ 7.45pm
A workshop with lots of fun, inspiring writing activities with an ocean theme. Run by experienced
                                                                                                             York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students
(and gentle!) tutors from The Writing Tree, it will be suitable for all abilities, including beginners. We
will use the inspiration of our oceans to fuel writing in various forms and genres, and enjoy readings       A live anthology of subtly theatricalised poems that are sweet,
from the Writing Tree’s ‘Ocean’ anthology.                                                                   sad and funny - touching on identity, uncertainty, the meaning of
                                                                                                             family and the nature of love. Presented by Jaybird Live Literature,
                                                                                                             performed by up and coming poets and new writers Alex
Telling The Blues                                                                                            MacDonald, Ella Freers and Will Harris.
Saturday 23 March 2019 @ 7.45pm
York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students
Storyteller Jan Blake, and guitarist Matt Chandler, fuse grown-up
fairytale, legend and song to tell the blues. This is a performance to
raise the roof and bring the stars down to listen... Presented by the
Crick Crack Club.

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1788 And All That with Michael Crowley                                Jottings From The Queen of Sheba
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 6pm                                           Wednesday 27 March 2019 @ 6pm
York Explore Library and Archive Free                                 York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room Free
Botany Bay 1788. A convict carries officers to the shore. The same    Three thousand years ago the Queen of Sheba travelled with a huge retinue and wealthy gifts, to
man is emancipated, and becomes the first settler to own land.        listen to King Solomon’s wisdom. Today, Blazing Grannies' F.Mary Callan invites us to share wisdom
Why? Hear Michael tell the story of James Ruse, the basis of his      and stories those royals might have shared, in the Bible and the Qur’an, legacy for three faiths and
novel The Stony Ground.                                               the whole human race. A lively, informative, one-woman show.

Literary Dinner with Jill Dawson, The Languge of Birds                Beyond the Walls Student Showcase
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 7pm                                           Wednesday 27 March 2019 @ 8pm
The Ivy St Helen's Square £40.00                                      York St John University, Students Union Free
Come to the Ivy for a three-course literary dinner with Orange        York Centre for Writing’s Beyond the Walls is an annual anthology
and Whitbread Prize shortlisted author Jill Dawson. She will be       celebrating York St John University’s Creative Writing students. The
discussing her new novel, The Language of Birds, inspired by one of   evening will feature readings and performances by students and
the most sensational unsolved murder cases in British history, that   special guests giving a taster of emerging contemporary fiction,
of Lord Lucan in 1974. Please book through theivyyork.com             poetry, and non-fiction from this year’s anthology.

How to Get Published: Agents and Editors Panel                        Gaia Holmes and Francesca Bratton
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 7pm                                           Wednesday 27 March 2019 @ 8pm
York St John University, Temple Hall Free                             York Theatre Royal, Keregan Room £3.00
Five top UK editors and agents discuss the world of publishing.       Join poets Gaia Holmes and Francesca Bratton as they read from their works. Gaia has had three
The panel includes Rachael Allen, Faber poet and poetry editor        poetry collections published: Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed (2006), Lifting The Piano With One
at Granta magazine; Donald Winchester, literary agent for fiction     Hand (2013) and Where The Road Runs Out (2018). Francesca has been shortlisted twice for the Jane
and non-fiction at Watson, Little; David Headley, managing            Martin prize and for the Oxonian Prize Review. It promises to be a wonderful evening of poetry.
director of the DHH Literary Agency; Anna Kelly, commissioning
editor at Fourth Estate, and Rob Kraitt, who represents               Janet Dean Knight, The Peacemaker
screenwriting talent at Casarotto Ramsey Associates. Come with        Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 5.30pm
your questions about the industry.
                                                                      Quaker Meeting House Free
Orlando                                                               Publication Launch of The Peacemaker. York author Janet Dean
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 7.45pm                                        Knight launches her debut novel which examines the parallel
York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students                    lives of a mother and daughter. Set in 1938, as one war is about to
                                                                      follow another, Janet asks a question relevant then and now – do
A magic-realist exploration of human identity – personal, sexual,
                                                                      we ever learn from the past?
national – in performer Rebecca Vaughan and Yorkshire playwright
Elton Townend-Jones’ radical, award-winning take on Virginia
Woolf’s romp through British history. From Dyad Productions, the
creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography and Austen’s Women.

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Sally Nicholls, Things A Bright Girl Can Do                              Chris Mullin, Great Political Disasters I
Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 6pm                                             Have Known (And Some That I Didn't)
The Mount School £5.00                                                   Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 7pm
Sally Nicholls’ first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones   St Peter's School £10.00
Children's Book Prize and she has been shortlisted for the Guardian      From the Poll Tax to Brexit, from Suez to Iraq,
Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award.            author, journalist and former Labour minister
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is set from 1914 to 1918 and centres on      Chris Mullin discusses the great political
three young women involved with the Suffragette movement and             disasters of the last century and the unintended
the effects of the Great War on their lives.                             consequences to which they gave rise. Iraq,
                                                                         for example, led among many other things, to
Finding the Words                                                        the election of Jeremy Corbyn. He will also be
Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 6.45pm                                          discussing his new novel, The Friends of Harry
York Explore Library and Archive £3.00
This is a relaxed and welcoming poetry evening
featuring established and emerging poets from
Yorkshire and beyond. This event will showcase
poets published by Sheffield based The Poetry
Business, including Mike Barlow (National Poetry
Competition winner), Jane Routh (Forward Prize
finalist) and Warda Yassin (New Poets' Prize 2018                                                                                            Photo © David Morris
                                                                         Lost in a Sea of Glass & Tin
Nuala Ellwood, Day of the Accident                                       Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 7.45pm
Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 7pm                                             York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students
Waterstones £5.00                                                        What does it mean to leave everything behind? Take off and live a
Join Nuala Ellwood as she discusses her latest novel, Day of the         life of solitude. Where can we go and what can we become?
Accident. Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie's            A textual and visual performance by Gary Winters and Claire Hind.
world is torn apart - she is told that her daughter drowned when
the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river and her
husband has disappeared.
                                                                         Wretched Strangers: Poetry & Migration
Maggie remembers nothing. What really happened that day at the
river?                                                                   Friday 29 March 2019 @ 6pm
                                                                         Waterstones Free
                                                                         Blurb: On what is meant to be our last day in the EU, this event
                                                                         will celebrate the contribution of migrant poets in the UK, along
                                                                         with audience discussion of the challenges they face. Speakers
                                                                         will include Agnes Lehóckzy (University of Sheffield) and J.T.
                                                                         Welsch (University of York), co-editors of the anthology Wretched
                                                                         Strangers: Borders Movement Homes, published in 2018.

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Where There's Muck There's Bras                                           Competitions
Friday 29 March 2019 @ 7.45pm
York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 / £8.00 students                        York Literature Festival /                          York Literature Festival Children’s
Performed by stand-up poet Kate Fox; this funny, gently subversive        YorkMix Poetry Competition                          Creative Writing Competition
performance/ lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers,
scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and
other heroines who represent the grit, determination and spirit of
the North’s women.

English Touring Opera’s Waxwings
Saturday 30 March 2019 @ 11am
York Theatre Royal, Studio £13.00 adults / £8.00 children
Specially composed and performed for children aged 2-5 years and          The York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry       The 2019 York Literature Festival Creative
young audiences with special educational needs, Waxwings is a             Competition is back - and it's bigger than ever.    Writing Competitions are now open for entries.
highly interactive, multi-sensory opera, with live music and singing      The top prize is £600, and an international prize   This year’s theme is MOON / SPACE.
to entertain young audiences and families.                                has been added.                                     Schools and individual children are welcome to
A magical show telling the story of a boy and a girl on their first day   This year’s judge is Clare Shaw, identified by      enter their original poems and short stories. The
of school, who discover an injured waxwing and try to make it fly         the prestigious Arvon Foundation as ‘one of the     competitions are open to anyone aged 18 years
again!                                                                    country’s most dynamic young poets’.                and under.
                                                                          There’s plenty of evidence for that judgement       Age categories:
Say Owt Scratch                                                           in Flood, her stunning third collection which       •   Under 11 years
Sunday 31 March 2019 @ 1pm-3pm                                            was published last year. The inspiration for the
                                                                                                                              •   12-15 years
York Explore Library and Archive Free                                     collection came from the 2015 floods which hit
                                                                          Clare’s home town of Hebden Bridge. But it is       •   16-18 years
Since 2017, we’ve been hosting Scratches for people of any
experience. Hosted by the loveable Say Owt team, in a friendly            about so much more than just the deluge.            Poems should not be longer than 28 lines and
and constructive environment, come share a poem or two.                   Full entry details for the competition are          short stories should not be longer than 1,500
Everyone offers helpful feedback, advice and support. Described           published on YorkMix – www.yorkmix.com. It is       words.
by participants as ”wonderful, friendly, warm, detailed feedback!”        open for entries now.                               Closing date for entries: Sunday 31 March 2019,
                                                                          Deadline                                            noon. Entry is free.
Poetry Competition                                                        24 February 2019. First prize is £600, with a       The competition is judged by a panel of
Sunday 31 March 2019 @ 7.30pm                                             runner-up prize of £150, third prize of £75, and    adjudicators, whose collective decision is
City Cruises, King's Staith £10.00                                        a fourth prize award of £50. The Helen Cadbury      final. There are prizes given for 1st, 2nd and
This year’s competition winners will be announced at an awards            Prize of £50 – formerly The York Prize – will be    3rd placed entries unless the judges decide
evening aboard the River Prince. A limited number of tickets will be      awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant        otherwise. Shortlisted authors and poets are
made available to the public for this event, which will feature all the   with a York postcode. A £100 award will go to       invited to read their work at a special prize-
winning and commended poems, plus a reading from the judge,               the best poem from a non-UK entrant.                giving event at The Mount on Saturday 4 May.
Clare Shaw – and a fabulous cruise on the River Ouse! To buy tickets,     Online submissions via YorkMix - www.yorkmix.       For further details contact:
please go to citycruisesyork.com                                          com - only.                                         mountschoolyork.co.uk
                                                                          Entry fee                                           yorkliteraturefestival@mountschoolyork.co.uk
                                                                          £7.50 for a single poem; £12 for two; £15 for
                                                                          three; £20 for four; £22.50 for five. There is
                                                                          no limit to the number of poems that can be

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Festival Team                                                                                           Partners & Sponsors
Festival Director : Susanna Cooper                    St Peter’s School Programme : Ben Fuller
Chairman : Nick David                                 The Mount School Programme and Children’s
Treasurer : Jeff Todd                                 Creative Writing Competition : Vanessa Charters
Secretary : Christine Hogan                           York St John University Programme : Professor
                                                      Abi Curtis and Dr Naomi Booth
Volunteer Co-ordinator and Social Media
Manager : Sally O’Connor                              York Theatre Royal Programme : Juliet Forster
Festival Board : Lizzi Linklater, Rob O’Connor        Poetry Competition : Dave Nicholson
and Angela Ranson                                     Poetry Competition Judge : Clare Shaw
Programming Support : Edwin Thomas, Antony            Brochure Design and Website : Richard
Dunn and Frances Postlethwaite                        McDougall
Explore York Programme : Wendy Kent                   Marketing Support : Erica Town and Julian Hird

Our thanks go to the following organisations and individuals for their help and support :
Baillie Gifford : Michelle McLeod
Historical Writers’ Association : Imogen Robertson
Little Apple Bookshop : Philippa Morris and Tim Curtis
Make It York/Visit York : Steve Brown, Faye Rhodes and Paul Whiting
Say Owt Slam : Henry Raby
St Peter’s School : Sara Burns, Ali Fuller, Katherine Pomfret, Jeremy Walker, Peter Livesey, Steve
Howarth, Darren Adamson and Keith Stimpson
York Explore Library and Archive : Gillian Holmes
YorkMix : Chris Titley, Richard McDougall and David Nicholson
York St John University : Hannah Bernstein, Suzanne Dickinson, Louise Gash and Stuart Page
York Theatre Royal : Rodolfo Barradas, Rachel Naylor and Michael Slavin
Waterstones : Kirstie Lount and the bookseller team

We must also thank those agents, publishers, contributors and artists who have supported
this year’s festival. A special thanks goes to all our festival volunteers who share their time and
enthusiasm in order to make this festival happen.
And last, but not least, thanks to you, our audience. You are the reason we continue!

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The York Centre for Writing is a hub for creative writing activities at York St
John University and beyond. It is a home to the established undergraduate
and postgraduate degree programmes in Creative Writing located in the
School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy at York St John University.

Come and be inspired by our team of published writers and a range of
visiting authors, editors and publishers.


For more information contact: centreforwriting@yorksj.ac.uk
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