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Suzannah Lipscomb

Suzannah Lipscomb – Women, Sex and Power in the Sixteenth Century
Friday 20 March 2020
St Peter's School York
Most of the women who ever lived left no trace on the record of history and everything we’ve known about ordinary women suggests they were powerless and downtrodden. Professor Suzannah Lipscomb brings us a different story and allows us to hear the voices of sixteenth-century women, telling us the realities of their lives and showing us the ways in which they could be powerful.

Professor Lipscomb is a well-known British historian, academic and TV presenter who has written and appeared in a number of television and radio programmes about British history. In January 2019 she was appointed to a personal chair as Professor of History at the University of Roehampton. Book Tickets
Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg – Love Without End
Saturday 21 March 2020
Venue: St Peter's School York
Melvyn Bragg is best known for The South Bank Show and In Our Time on BBC Radio 4. He is also an accomplished novelist and his works have twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In Love Without End, Bragg brings the 12th-century into the 21st as he breathes fresh life into one of history's most remarkable and enduring love stories. Heloise arrives in Paris bent on entering its masculine world of learning. The brilliant, radical philosopher, Peter Abelard, consents to be her tutor but what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair which sends shockwaves throughout the country and incurs terrible retribution.

The Yorkshire Shepherdess - An Evening With Amanda
Sunday 22 March 2020
St Peter's School York
Amanda Owen and her family live a life that has almost gone, one ruled by the seasons and her animals. Home is Ravenseat, a 2,000 acre hill farm at the head of Swaledale, one of the highest, most remote places in England. Her first book, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, is a funny, heart-warming and uplifting account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. She’s since penned A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and appeared on numerous TV shows.

Astrology: Even The Stars Say It's Nonsense
Monday 23 March 2020
19:30-The Phoenix Inn, 75 George Street, YO1 9PT
From newspapers to magazines, online profiles to nervous first dates astrology pops up all over the place. It's mostly harmless fun and you might even have had a quick check to see if the stars are aligned for you this week. But despite what you might think portending the stars can be big business. Join Astronomer (and Astrologer) James Lees in examining what astrology really is and why even the stars say it's nonsense.

York Skeptics organise monthly talks related to science, rationalism and critical thinking in the relaxed environment of a friendly York pub. Talks with Q&A take place every fourth Monday of the month at 7:30pm in The Phoenix Inn.
Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid – ‘The World I Fell Out Of'
Tuesday 24 March 2020
St Peter's School York
On Good Friday, 2010, Melanie Reid fell from her horse, breaking her neck and fracturing her lower back. She was 52. Paralysed from the top of her chest down, she was to spend almost a year in hospital, determinedly working towards gaining as much movement in her limbs as possible, and learning to navigate her way through a world that had previously been invisible to her. As a journalist Melanie had always turned to words and now, on a spinal ward peopled by an extraordinary array of individuals who were similarly at sea, she decided that writing would be her lifeline. The World I Fell Out Of is an account of that year, and of those that followed. It is the untold ‘back story’ behind Melanie’s award-winning ‘Spinal Column’ in The Times Magazine and a testament to ‘the art of getting on with it’.

Melanie will be in conversation with Sarah Maine, another writer whose heart is in Scotland. The latest of her three novels, Women of the Dunes, was recently Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Month. Tickets
Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark – ‘The House By The Loch'
Thursday 26 March 2020
St Peter's School York
Kirsty Wark is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over the past thirty years, from the ground-breaking Late Show to Newsnight .

Join Kirsty as she discusses her latest novel, ‘The House by the Loch’, a sweeping, atmospheric novel of family drama and long-hidden secrets, set in the beautiful Scottish countryside. The novel is inspired in part by the author’s childhood memories and her late father. It is a story of the bonds between generations, the need to belong and the devastating consequences of family secrets. Kirsty writes about family in all its loving complexity, and the way it can, and must, remake itself endlessly in order to make peace with the past.

Kirsty has won several major awards for her work, including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter. Her debut novel, ‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’, was published in March 2014 and shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award, as well as nominated for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

Kirsty will be in conversation with Ben Fuller, of St Peter’s School.
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York Online Virtual Speed Dating
Thursday 16 April 2020
Online Event
Have you always wanted to try Speed Dating, but don’t want to – or can’t – leave home to do it? Could you do with some help to meet like-minded singles near you? Are you stuck at home but would love to socialise, have a laugh and chat with some new people? One of the many reasons speed dating in the UK is so enduring, successful and popular is that it enables you to meet people face to face, but in a controlled setting. And it’s now even easier, safer and more convenient, as speed dating goes online.
What is York online speed dating?
Online speed dating is just like regular speed dating, except you do it from the comfort of your home through modern tech. One of the brilliant things about these events is that it isn’t just a means to meet people, it’s also a really fun and sociable way to spend the evening. Everything is taken care of for you, just relax and enjoy yourself.
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What happens at Online Speed Dating

The event will have even number of males and females in the York area, you will have four minutes to chat to each date. Four minutes is long enough to see if you click with the person you are talking to and whether you would like to speak to them again. At the end of each date you have a few moments to make some notes on the person you have just dated.
The Online Virtual Speed Dating in York is a speed dating event brought to you by Slow Dating on
Kate Humble

Kate Humble - Thinking On My Feet
Thursday 23 April 2020
St Peter's School York
Join farmer, author and TV presenter Kate Humble for a fascinating talk about her life working with animals and wildlife, the far flung places that work has taken her to and the inspiring and dedicated people she has met on her travels. Plus a unique chance to go ‘behind the camera’ as Kate describes how programmes such as Springwatch, Curious Creatures and Wild Shepherdess are made and reveals some of the unpredictable comic incidents that occur along the way.

Kate will be in conversation with Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s School. Tickets

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