York Lit Review Launch!!

Following the great success of the Beyond the Walls Anthology Launch we have another just around the corner! Come and celebrate the launch of the first ever issue of the York Literary Review!

The event will be held on Tuesday 3rd May at the York Library at 7! Get your free tickets here and we’ll see you there!

1 Day Until Launch!

The Beyond the Walls Anthology launch party is tomorrow!

It’ll be held on Wednesday 27th April, at the Basement below City Screen, starting at 19:30! Come along to pick up one of the first copies of the anthology!

Dress code is smart-casual and tickets are free! Book your ticket here before they run out! Hope to see you there!

Feminism Now! – Lit Fest Review by Finlay Doyle

3/5

This event held my interest from start to finish. It was an exercise in mindfulness toward women’s issues and societal discrepancies, whilst never denouncing or skewing the issues dealt with. From Irish iconography to women directors, the range of topics covered by the panellists were relevant and lively. There was little to complain about, apart from maybe a lack of questions at the end (though there were a few eloquent and vocal participants). Kimberly Campanello enthusiastically opened up the world of Sheela Na Gigs, strange icons that appear all over Ireland, and their obscured history. Sophie Mayer’s sophisticated understanding of film-centred women’s issues brought to attention the huge lack of critical praise despite commercial success, as well as the general issues with visibility in film and media for female directors. A little politics and some words from YSJ’s femsoc made for a well-rounded discussion, though I wish there had been a little more time to dig into some of the issues.

4 Days til Launch!

The Beyond the Walls Anthology launch party is just around the corner!

It’ll be held on Wednesday 27th April, at the Basement below City Screen, starting at 19:30! Come along to pick up one of the first copies of the anthology!

Dress code is smart-casual and tickets are free! Book your ticket here before they run out! Hope to see you there!

5 Days til Launch!

The Beyond the Walls Anthology launch party is just around the corner!

It’ll be held on Wednesday 27th April, at the Basement below City Screen, starting at 19:30!

Dress code is smart-casual and tickets are free! Book your ticket here before they run out! Hope to see you there!

Sunday Bookshop Review – Oxfam Bookshop (Micklegate)

If the busy, bustling, sometimes crowded Oxfam Bookshop on Low Petergate is a little too stressful there’s a quieter, calmer alternative in the Oxfam Bookshop on Micklegate! This bookshop is just as lovely and cheap as the other, with an impressive fiction section but also a small collection of CD’s and DVDs to buy. There is also a great classics/poetry section filled with everyone from Dickens to Nabokov and it’s all to easy to spend hours in this bookshop, buying books! If you’re a fan of the quieter bookshops, leaving you to browse in peace and get lost between the pages the Micklegate Oxfam is a great place to buy your lit! And with such cheap, wonderful books I can’t see how anyone could resist!

Sunday Bookshop Review – Books For Amnesty

The Books for Amnesty bookshop is a treat for any book lovers in York! It has an extensive fiction collection with plenty of great, cheap books. As well as the books though there is a host of cute little souvenirs to get such as cards, post cards and posters. This quiet little bookshop is a great place for books, as well as contributing to a great cause there is always a great read to be found here. But the books and the post cards aren’t the best feature, I think one of the most impressive things about this shop is the beautiful and intriguing window displays; perfect for luring in book lovers!

Feminism Now – Lit Fest Review

Rating: 3/5

Review:

The discussion on women in contemporary media was a very interesting one, but I felt there was a lot more focus on just general statistics than on the problems and how to combat them. It was a lot more like a night to bring you down rather than get you moving, but knowing the facts is half the battle, and it certainly got people talking. The best part of the night (I think) was the input from YSJ’s own feminist society, it was inspiring to see how the society got off the ground and how their use of social media brought them all together! It was a good night, unfortunately just not an optimistic one.

Sunday Bookshop Review: Oxfam Bookshop (Low Petergate)

The Oxfam Bookshop on Low Petergate is a gift to students everywhere! Not only is there a vast range of genres but obviously they’re all donated so they’re a great price and in great condition. As well as books, however, Oxfam bookshops have plenty of fair trade gifts, cards and goodies, including wonderful chocolate and great accessories.

There’s the added bonus of there being plenty of books from the YSJ Literature and Creative Writing, as loads of students look to get rid of old books in the charity shops around York. I’m a strong supporter of charity bookshops as all students should be!