Literature Festival Deadline Extended: 10th March

Students who would like their work to be part of the student showcase in the York Literature Festival. The deadline has now been moved to: Monday 10th March. So you have more time to submit your work!

Submissions should be either poetry or prose and should be an interpretation on a given theme. The theme is:

 “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.” (Quote: Gayle Forman – Just One Day) 

Students can submit up to 3 submissions. Poetry should be no longer than a page in length and prose should be between 1000-2000 words. Students should be prepared to read their own work at the showcase, but we can provide some people to read your work for you, if you so wish.

Submissions should be sent to

So get writing!

Thanks and good luck,

Literature Events Team



Reading: Jon Stone & Kirsten Irving

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Photo by SJ Fowler

Next Monday, 17 Februrary, the acclaimed poets and indie publishers Jon Stone and Kirsten Irving will be at York St John for an afternoon masterclass with ‘Literature at Work’ students, and evening event open to all, where Jon and Kirsty will read from their poetry and discuss the relationship between their writing and publishing.

Jon Stone’s debut poetry collection, School of Forgery, was published by Salt in 2012 and a Recommendation by the Poetry Book Society, and praised for its ‘off the shelf pop references’ and ‘intricate game-playing’ (Eyewear).

Kirsten Irving’s first collection, Never Never Never Come Back, was also published by Salt in 2012, and praised for ‘marrying portraits of gawky, unruly outcasts with forms that are both wonky and beautifully controlled.’ (Matt Haigh)

Together, they edit the acclaimed magazine, Fuselit, and run Sidekick Books, which recently published Coin Opera 2, an anthology of poems inspired by video games. A selection of their contributions to this anthology is online in here.

The reading will start at 7:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017). Free and open to all. No need to book. Don’t miss it!

ABCtales Poetry and Prose Reading

ABCtales Poetry and Prose Reading
Saturday 1st February 2014
The Black Swan
Peasholme Green
The event commences at 18:30 and cost £5 (£3 consession) payable on the door. ALL the money raised gets donated to ‘The Railway Children’ an international organisation that seeks to improve the lives of street children across the world.

Exciting Literature Events in York – with the National Association of Writers in Education

NAWE Events:

Jean Sprackland, winner of the Costa Prize 2008: Friday 15 November, 2pm

Grace Nichols, winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize 1983: Friday 15 November, 8pm

Paul Mills, screening his film “You Should’ve Seen Us”: Saturday 16 November, 2pm

Terry Waite CBE, who secured the release of hostages in Libya in 1983: Saturday 16 November, 8pm

All readings take place in the Henley Suite at the Park Inn, North Street, York. A number of tickets will be available on the door, priced £5, but to secure a ticket in advance please contact NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) on 01653 618429 or email

Further biographical details of the readers are available on the NAWE website: