Suzannah Lipscomb, Jeffrey Boakye, and more feature as York Lit Fest goes online

York Literature Festival is back - virtually! Photograph by Jonas Jacobsson from Unsplash
16 Oct 2020 @ 10.03 pm
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York Literature Festival is returning with a day of online events.

Like many events this year, York Literature Festival has had to adapt to working around the pandemic – and adapt it has by bringing a virtual celebration of the written and spoken word!

The online literature festival will take place on Saturday, 17 October, in association with MyVLF and Arts Council England. The best part? Every event on the day will be FREE.

All you need to do is to register with MyVLF before the events – which is also free – and then visit the website in time on the day. Don’t worry if you can’t join in on the day, the events will still be available on the MyVLF website to enjoy in your own time. For more information on the day and how to book your free tickets please visit the York Literature Festival website.

York Literature Festival Online 2020

York Literature Festival Online 2020
Sat Oct 17 @ 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Online
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York Literature Festival began in 2007 and has since grown to become one of the leading literature festivals in the North of England. In 2016 the festival succeeded in achieving charitable status. Its aim is to deliver a high-quality literature festival for York and the North East while simultaneously providing a showcase for local writing talent.

The festival has previously hosted a range of authors, artists and celebrities such as Simon Armitage, Tony Benn, Baroness Warsi, Lucy Worsley and Michael Palin to name a few. York Literature Festival also prides itself on having a diverse range of events – some examples being talks, lectures, panels, performances and workshops.

Of course, not all of these events can be possible this year, due to the festival being contained to one day of online events; however there’s still plenty of exciting events featuring immense literary talent to look forward to. From poetry, to history, to performance there is something for everyone.

Take a look to see what’s in store…

On Love: Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and Seni Seneviratne

On Love: Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and Seni Seneviratne
Sat Oct 17 @ 11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Online
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Join poets Seni Seneviratne and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi as they read from their collections, Unknown Soldier and re: desire.

Young, Black and British: Jeffrey Boakye and Okechukwu Nzelu

Young, Black and British: Jeffrey Boakye and Okechukwu Nzelu
Sat Oct 17 @ 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Online
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In this special event presented by Dialogue Books, two young men who have grown up in the UK exchange their views and understanding of what it’s like to be both black and British in the modern day and age.

Locating York in Literature

Locating York in Literature
Sat Oct 17 @ 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Online
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Dr Rob O’Connor is joined by Drs Zoë Enstone and Adam James Smith for a lively round-table discussion of York’s representation in literature

Suzannah Lipscomb – Women, Sex and Power in the Sixteenth Century

Suzannah Lipscomb – Women, Sex and Power in the Sixteenth Century
Sat Oct 17 @ 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Online
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Professor Suzannah Lipscomb brings us a different story and allows us to hear the voices of sixteenth-century women, telling us the realities of their lives and showing us the ways in which they could be powerful.

Andrew McMillan, supported by Joshua Judson

Andrew McMillan, supported by Joshua Judson
Sat Oct 17 @ 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Online
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Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award, amongst others. Andrew will be giving a reading from his work, supported by Joshua Judson, a poet from Nottingham.