Black History Month events at YSJ

The School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy will be celebrating Black History Month this year with an exhibition of student work and a programme of exciting events.

3rd October 3pm – 4pm Quad South Hall

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Interview with Noma Dumezweni

Noma is an internationally recognised actress. She has undertaken several Shakespeare roles including Paulina in the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Winters Tale and more recently Alice and Mistress Quickly, as well as working alongside Jude Law in Henry V.

Amongst numerous stage roles, Noma recently directed, I See You at the Royal Court and appeared in the award winning A Human Being Died That Night which toured to the Hampstead Theatre, the Market Theatre Johannesburg and Brooklyn Academy of music in New York. Both plays explore reconciliation and South Africa after Apartheid.

Currently, Noma is cast as Hermione in the sell-out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End.

This event will be a discussion about Noma’s roles including in A Human being Dies that Night, I See You, and for the RSC in the west end, a production of Henry V with Jude Law

Event starts at 3.00pm, all guests to be seated in Quad South Hall for a prompt start.

This event is FREE but booking is required. Please visit the YSJ online shop to reserve a space.

5th October – 27th October Arts Foyer

York/New York Exhibition

Earlier this year, English Literature students from the ‘Literature at Work’ module were tasked with developing and creating materials that could be used as part of York St John’s Black History Month 2016 exhibition.

Students have created, developed and curated a range of materials which allow us to celebrate the culture of Harlem, New York, right here on our ‘Old’ York campus. The materials include film, collage, photography and 3D models. Each work is an original and unique take on the cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance.  Please come and explore the work and learn a little more about this exciting moment in black cultural history.

5th October 5pm – 8pm Arts Foyer

York/New York Exhibition Launch Evening

The exhibition will be officially launched with an evening of discussion and live music. The students responsible for the art work and curation of the exhibition will be on hand to talk you through their work and the cultural value they place on the Harlem Renaissance and Black History Month as cultural experiences. The evening will be sound tracked by a four piece jazz band playing wonderful music from the likes of Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. Come and enjoy a glass of wine with us and celebrate this evocative and enriching cultural moment.

This event is FREE but booking is required. Please visit the YSJ online shop to book your tickets.

26 October, 5.30pm -7pm De Grey 016

Black History Month: Comics Reading Group with Dr Adam Smith

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Black Panther and Power Man: Marvel Heroes of the Civil Rights Era

Meet T’Challa and Luke Cage, better known in their heyday as Marvel superheroes Black Panther and Power Man. Among the first African-American superheroes to appear in mainstream American comic books each character’s origins are bound up in both the Civil Rights Movement and the popularity of Blaxploitation cinema in the 1960s and 70s. Now, thanks to Netflix and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both characters are enjoying global popularity for the first time. As part of YSJ Black History Month we invite you to join us for an informal discussion of some of these characters’ most celebrated comic-book appearances.

Email Adam Smith (a.smith3@yorksj.ac.uk ) for a reading list.

This event is FREE but booking is required please visit the YSJ online shop to secure book a place.

27th October 6.30pm – 8pm Arts Foyer

An Evening with Jack Mapanje

To mark the end of York St John’s Black History Month events, human rights activist and award-winning poet Jack Mapanje will be reading from his latest poetry collection Greetings From Grandpa. Jack will also be discussing his memoir And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night, and reflecting on his time as a political prisoner in Malawi. There will be an opportunity to ask Jack questions about his work, and he will also be signing copies of his poetry. In addition, the winner of the YSJ Black History Month Creative Writing Competition will be announced, and there will be a chance to hear the winning entry.

This event is FREE but booking is required. Please visit the YSJ online shop to book your tickets.

Echoes of the City Edinburgh Opportunity

edinburghWe are looking for stories or poems that based in Edinburgh. They must be under 1300 words or up to 5 pages of poetry. Writers must not have had more than 1 book published – and we really welcome new writers.

Stories/poems can be any style, theme, or genre. 

Authors who are chosen will receive £20 for their contribution and will retain all the rights. The stories/poems will be professionally recorded and geolocated in Edinburgh in the place where the story is set, using Podwalk. The platform will be launched in December, and will remain live on Podwalk for 1 year. In addition the stories will be placed on our website along with a short bio of the author. 

www.echoesofthecity.com/submissions

Deadline for submissions is Midnight 16 October 2016.

 

 

 

Aesthetica Competition

There is just one month left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its 10th year, the award is an internationally renowned prize praesesented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Prizes include:

  • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

Say Owt Poetry Slam!

Say Owt Slam

Poets are invited to perform no more than 3 minutes of material, and the audience vote for their favourite poet.  It’s exciting, it’s raw ad it’s challenging and an exciting way to test your writing and performance, or to come as an audience member to see other poets reading their work.  There’s cash prize too!

Say Owt Slam takes place at The Basement, York and has been praised as one of the most exciting spoken word nights not just in York, but across the UK.

Entry is £7, or free for slammers.  For more information or a slot, email sosyork@hotmail.com or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sayowtslam

Say Owt #11 24th Sept featuring guest poet Scott Tyrrell

Say Owt #12 12th Nov featuring guest poet Vanessa Kisuule

Say Owt10 #13 2nd Dec featuring guest poet Rob Auton

Creative Writing & Creative Culture Symposium – June 24

York St John University’s Programme in Creative Writing is collaborating with the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) at the University of Canberra to host ‘Creative Writing & Creative Culture’. We hope you can join us! file2

On Friday, June 24, writers and Creative Writing scholars will come together to discuss the relationship between creativity, culture and writing, with particular emphasis on poetry. Topics include prose poetry, processes for developing site-specific short stories, and the origins of contemporary poetic practice. There will be presentations by Drs. Naomi Booth, Helen Pleasance and JT Welsch.

The evening event will include a book launch of Paul Munden’s Analogue/Digital: New and Selected Poems (Smith/Doorstop) and cases of sudden conversion, a performance piece for poetry and live electronics by Dr. Kimberly Campanello and Dr. Jon Hughes.

Evening EventThe schedule of sessions and details of the evening event are available below on Eventbrite, where you can book free tickets.

Symposium (De Grey 016): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-creative-culture-symposium-tickets-26050853805

Evening Event (Quad South 007, Theatre 1): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-and-creative-culture-evening-event-tickets-26050989210

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!

BnhlSyDCIAEAiW2.jpg-largeThe 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!