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!

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.