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York Literature Festival - Autumn Programme 2019
It is with great pleasure that we announce a programme of literary events this Autumn in conjunction with our partners Explore York Libraries and Archives, St Peter's School and Fox Lane Books.

Peter Robinson: Many Rivers to Cross
Wednesday 18th September 2019
6.30-7.30pm. £7.50
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
Join international best-selling author Peter Robinson as he launches Many Rivers to Cross, the 26th instalment of the DCI Banks series. Book in person at your local library or via the York Literature festival Website.
In association with Explore York Libraries and Archives

The Moment That Gets You In
Thursday 3rd October 2019
1.30-3.30pm, £15
York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
A poetry workshop with John Foggin that will offer moments to ignite your own poems and help you find your own. Book in person at your local library or via the link below.
In association with Explore York Libraries and Archives.

Trump, Putin, China and Brexit : Geopolitics with Misha Glenny
Monday 7th October 2019
7.30-9.30pm, £12
Venue: Temple Hall, York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX
Misha Glenny, the creator of McMafia, is in a unique position to explain what has been going wrong over the past three decades and how we might get out of the mess. If you’ve ever wondered why odd things happen in the world, Misha offers an eye-opening talk that will always be surprising and illuminating.
In association with St Peter's School.

David Suchet: Behind the Lens - My Life in Photos
Thursday 10th October 2019
£5 (redeemable as a discount for a copy of the book at the event)
New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, New Earswick, York YO32 4AQ
Seamlessly combining photo and memoir, Behind the Lens is the story of David Suchet's remarkable life, showcasing his wonderfully evocative photographs and accompanied by his insightful and engaging commentary. Book in person at your local library or via the link below.
In Association with Explore York Libraries and Archives and Fox Lane Books.

An Evening with Dan Jones
Wednesday 16th October 2019
7-9pm, £7.50 + £1.18 fee (£10 on the door)
Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

Dan Jones, the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Templars, tells the story of the Crusades, a thousand-year-old conflict which continues to shape the modern world, and of the people who fought in them.
In association with Fox Lane Books.

York Literature Festival 2019
15 - 30 March 2019

2018 -- The festival is delighted to announce its first headline act for 2018. In association with Clive Conway Productions, Dr Lucy Worsley will be appearing at York Theatre Royal as part of the festival programme on Wednesday, 21st March, at 7.30pm.

Dr Lucy Worsley is passionate about making history engaging to the widest possible audience. Her new biography, Jane Austen at Home, will be published in May and takes a new look at Jane Austen’s life from the perspective of her bi-centenary.

It considers what home meant to Jane, and tells the story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her. For more information please visit the festival website or the York Theatre Royal Website:

Tickets for this event are on sale now at York Theatre Royal. Price: £25, concession available.

Promoting the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. We also feature music, comedy, cinema and theatre in our programme. The festival takes place annually in March.

The festival team is working hard to produce another great programme of author readings, talks, creative workshops and spoken word events. 2018 sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and there will be some festival events celebrating this influential novel. We will also be exploring the concept of “speculative worlds” and there will be a focused strand of events focused around history and historical fiction.

After last year’s success, we will also see the return of the HUB during the 2018 festival, once again celebrating the creative talent from the local York area. Please note that submissions for this year’s HUB programme will open shortly.

Authors and artists will be revealed in due course. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter @YorkLitFest for details as they are released.

Full details of events and ticket prices can be found at

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York-Based Author Just Misses Out On The Man Booker Prize 2017
Fiona Mozley has had an incredible few months! After receiving a shortlist nomination for her debut novel Elmet, Fiona just missed out on the Man Booker Prize to George Saunders, for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

Fiona Mozley was born in Hackney but grew up in York and studied at Cambridge before moving to Buenos Aires for a year – without speaking any Spanish. After briefly working at a literary agency in London, she moved back to York to complete a PhD in Medieval Studies. She also has a weekend job at The Little Apple Bookshop in York. Since receiving the nomination, she has appeared on Woman’s hour and been reviewed in the Guardian, Evening Standard and the Economist.

Fiona will be appearing at the York Literature Festival 2018 in an event celebrating the writing talent from the North. First edition, signed copies of Elmetare available from The Little Apple Bookshop, in York.

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