Workshops & Lectures

Inspire Living

Workshops to spark your imagination

Easter Themed Workshops

Felt Making - Felted Spring Flowers (Wet Felting)
Gain a basic practical and aesthetic understanding of wet felt making.
Sat, 21 May 2016

Hand Made Wedding

Handmade Lino Cut Greeting Cards
Using animals or birds as the starting point, learners will produce original and personal lino prints – for use on greetings cards.
Sat, 7 May 2016
Wedding Cake Wonders - Sugarcraft Skills
This short course will help you learn and develop various sugarcraft skills and techniques which could be used for wedding or other celebration cakes.
Tue, 7 Jun 2016
Stained Glass - Sun Catchers & Wedding Favours
Create unique and interesting stained glass for your home, garden or as gifts for friends.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016

Inspire Events

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Kathleen Harryman: The Other Side of the Looking Glass
Introducing a suspenseful and exciting tale of subterfuge, mystery, mistaken identity and true love as author Kathleen Harryman speaks about her new novel. A thriller afternoon with coffee and cake.
Mon, 9 May 2016
Lara Williams: Treats
"Dance like nobody gives a crap. Drink like you don't have a family to go home to. Love because what else is the point.” Lara Williams’ debut Treats is a literary break-up album.
Tue, 17 May 2016
An Evening of Calm
Everyone needs to take a little time out once in a while. Join us for a relaxing evening of colouring, tea and soothing music.
Thu, 19 May 2016
Finding the Words
Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.
Thu, 26 May 2016
Ali Shaw: The Trees
Author Ali Shaw will be speaking about his new novel, The Trees, taking you into a world where nature truly does run wild.
Mon, 20 Jun 2016
An Evening of Storytelling with Giles Abbott
Storytelling is not just for children. Come grab a seat and hear a magical folktale retold by the wonderfully talented Giles Abbott.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016
Finding the Words
Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Radhika Swarup: Where the River Parts
Writer, Radhika Swarup, is joining us to talk about her debut historical novel Where the River Parts.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016
Giles Abbott: Free Your Natural Voice
Your natural voice is much better than you know, and Giles Abbott knows how to free it. Come and join in this fun, invigorating and energising workshop!
Sat, 25 Jun 2016
Don Rhodes: Bugs in Amber
Bugs in Amber is an eclectic and entertaining collection of short stories. Varied in style, the settings range from York, past and present, to pre-war Transylvania and present-day Prague.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Grown Up Crafting
Sometimes it feels as though kids have all the fun. Take a little time for yourself and join us for an evening of craftiness with just adults.
Tue, 5 Jul 2016
Meet author Jean Harrod: A diplomat turned crime writer
Jean’s latest novel, Deadly Deceit, is set in the British Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean. A stunning location, but when illegal Haitian migrants arrive with their voodoo, murder quickly follows…
Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Sophie Franklin: Charlotte Bronte Revisited - a view from the twenty-first century
Author and academic, Sophie Franklin, will be joining us to talk about her first book, her research and her passion for Charlotte Bronte.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016
Inside the Minds of Crime Writers
Our crime panel is back to discuss the detectives, murderers and plots that have led them to a life of crime… writing.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016
Sarah Maine: The House Between Tides
Sarah Maine will be speaking about writing her debut novel The House Between Tides – a beautiful and haunting historical mystery.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016
Finding the Words
Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016
An Evening with Susan Fletcher
Susan Fletcher will talk about Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew, her new novel about Van Gogh and his final years in the hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, Provence.
Wed, 10 Aug 2016
An Evening with Helen Dunmore: Exposure
Join us on 15th September for an evening with author Helen Dunmore, who will be talking about her new novel Exposure which is set during the height of the Cold War.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016
Finding the Words
Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016

Inspire Discovery

Delve into the history of York's mysteries

Mint Yard Lecture Series

The York Mystery Plays: Then and Now
The earliest record of York’s Mystery Plays is dated 1377. Their last ‘medieval’ production was in 1569. In 1951, almost four hundred years later, was there another public showing­ - and since then the ‘show’ has gone on.  
Tue, 24 May 2016
London's Handwriting - The Story of Edward Johnston's Underground Typeface
Come and hear former City Archivist Richard Taylor, now Project Curator at the London Transport Museum, tell the story behind the London Underground’s iconic examples of industrial design – and how it’s thanks to York that they exist in the first place! 
Tue, 20 Sep 2016
The Surgeons and the Snatchers
Join Colin Sheppard as he explores ‘bodysnatching’ through the ages, with a focus upon the activities in York between 1760 and 1830.
Tue, 1 Nov 2016

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