The Mix Six: Highlights of the York Literature Festival

15 Mar 2013 @ 10.38 am
| Entertainment
The Yo Ho Ho Show and Tracy Chevalier… two York Literature Festival highlights

York-Literature-Festival-logo-200Here at YorkMix we’re very fond of words. In fact we use them all the time. But we also love to read and hear words, especially when they are being strung together by inspirational storytellers.

So we’re naturally excited that the York Literature Festival 2013 is upon us. There’s loads happening, and here is a Mix Six preface to the what lies ahead. (If you want chapter and verse, go here).

Meet the star writers

This is the York Literature Festival where the stars have come out in force. Headliners Will Self and Simon Armitage have already sold out. But tickets are still available to see author of Girl With A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier. Former writer in residence at York Art Gallery, Tracy is in conversation about her new novel The Last Runaway. There’s also stand-up and author Tony Hawks on the movie version of Round Ireland With A Fridge (see our interview with him here), and Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy sets poems to music.

Family fun


Super soaraway songs, poems and fun take off when Flying High celebrates birds of all sizes. Storyteller Catherine Heinemeyer and Carnegie Medal-nominated poet Anneliese Emmans Dean (pictured right) have created this treat for everyone from five upwards. Meanwhile, a parrot will probably feature in the Yo Ho Ho Show with the Morgan family, who festival director Miles Salter describes as “York’s answer to the Von Trapps”. A whacky, fun and musical show for aaaarrrrl the family.

  • Flying High with Catherine Heinemeyer and Anneliese Emmans Dean, Jacob’s Well, Friday March 22, 6.30pm.More details here
  • The Yo Ho Ho Show, The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, Thursday, March 21, 5pm. More details here

Poetry awards

mix-six-lit-fest-carole-bromleyWow. What a response. When YorkMix joined with the literature festival to run a poetry competition, we never imagined such an inspiring response. More than 850 poems came our way. Mix poet-in-residence and competition judge Carole Bromley was delighted and impressed by the standard of entries. See the shortlisted poems here, and join us as we reveal the winners. Carole will also read from her own prize-winning poems.

  • Poetry Competition, The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, Monday March 18, 8pm. More details here

Folk, it’s a crime

peter-robinsonOne is the elder statesman of English folk and acoustic music. The other is the acclaimed Yorkshire crime writer Peter Robinson (pictured right). And when they got together – it was murder. Or, more accurately, a cracking evening out, as Martin Carthy and Peter Robinson fuse storytelling and music in a uniquely entertaining way.

  • Martin Carthy and Peter Robinson: Crimes And Ballads, National Centre For Early Music, Tuesday, March 19, 7.30pm. More details here

Charlie Chaplin

Was he the first mega movie star? Charlie Chaplin is still an iconic figure today and a unique celebration of the Little Tramp comes to York for the festival. KIDS: Chaplin, Poems and Piano is inspired by his 1921 film The Kid.

  • KIDS: Chaplin, Poems and Piano, The Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, Saturday, March 23, 8pm. More details here

A walk with words

auden-plaqueFrom Alcuin to Kate Atkinson, York has a literary tradition spanning a millennium and more. Run in association with York Walk, this stroll through the city takes in its wordy connections from writers like WH Auden and the Brontës to characters like Robinson Crusoe.

  • York Walk: A Stroll Through Literary York, Outside Museum Gardens, Thursday, March 21, 10am. More details here