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Oxfam Bookshop, Petergate York

This is the blog for the Oxfam book shop, on Low Petergate in York

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2010

Oz Hardwick Book Launch – The Illuminated Dreamer

Well, its been a while. The Oxfam computer has been snowed under with ebay and ABE, as well as becoming occasionally buried under the enormous shifting dunes of books up here. Good to reopen on a happy note though – Oz Hardwick is releasing his new book of poetry (The Illuminated Dreamer) and he’s chosen our Oxfam to launch it in! It’ll be on Wednesday 6th October at 6:30 pm, and you can access his website section at here.

The blurb: ‘Oz Hardwick uses all the tools of writing he can muster – a curious mind, an observant eye, a touch of humour, a musical sense – to create a potent mix that delichts and instructs. He is at ease crossing geographical frontiers and academic borders as well as historical timelines. Above all, he is an engaging communicator’.  The event is free (though donations would be greatfuly recieved) and you get the chance to meet this well recieved ‘York based writer, photographer and occasional musician’, as well as pick up a copy of his new book.

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So you think you know books?

It’s been a while since our last update here at Oxfam, a lot has happened in the last month or so and much of what we have been working on is all to do with Oxfam Bookfest which starts tomorrow. I have spent the last few days writing the questions for Monday evening’s book quiz that is being held at Pivni on Patrick Pool. This is harder than it sounds, I have been trawling through various resources in order to verify answers and come up with a few teasers along the way. Anyway the upshot is that the quiz is ready, all we need now are a few teams…

So get yourself down to Pivni on Monday from 8pm, bring friends, drink beer and see if you do know books.

Oxfam Bookfest: The Events

Okay, so at last I am in a position to let everyone know what events we at Petergate have organised for Oxfam Bookfest this year. In case you don’t know Oxfam Bookfest is a national event promoting all things book related within Oxfam. This year we have four events running and they are…

Monday 5th July – Oxfam Book Quiz

The lovely people at Pivo  will be hosting the first ever Oxfam book quiz to be held in York. This will be held in their upstairs room from 8pm there is an entry fee of £5 per team – teams are limited to 4 people.

Thursday 8th July – York Poetry Workshop

Once again we are pleased to host the York Poetry Workshop, this event will be in two halves: members of the group will read their work and after the interval there will be an open session chaired by yours truly. This event is free and we will be serving wine on the night.

Sunday 11th July – Screening of ‘The History Boys’

Our friends at City Screen have agreed to put on a special screening of Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ the showing starts at 5.30pm and tickets are on sale now for further details see here.

Thursday 15th July – Pat Borthwick

Renowned poet Pat Borthwick will be reading her work in the shop, again the event is free and we will be serving refreshments.

So that’s it, a busy start to July for us at Oxfam Petergate but one that we are all looking forward to. I will be providing further updates on each event as they come and go. If you want more information on Bookfest and what’s happening around the country click here.

 

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Poetry

Last night’s event

Last night we hosted our final event of the York Literature Festival, members of the York Poetry Workshop read their work along with some well know poems. The second half of the evening was an ‘open mic’ – well as open a mic as there can be without an actual mic. The poems that were read out included the story of how Shakespeare ripped off a Yorkshireman and how Leyton Hewitt blew it. I was even persuaded to read a couple of things… I read a poem by Liz Lochhead called Kidsong/Bairnsong and here is how it should have been done.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MediaMattersVideo#p/a/u/1/L2PfrDrAIR0

As much as we all enjoyed the evening I have no plans on giving up my day job by any means and intend to leave poetry to those who know how to do it well.

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Events this week

We thought we should remind everybody of our events that are happening this week and next as part of the York Literature Festival. We’re very excited about it all.

Thursday 18th March – 6.30pm – free – Adrianne J Odasso

Friday 19th March – 7.00pm – tickets £3.00 available from shop – Miles Cain

Wednesday 24th March – 7.00pm – free – York Poetry workshop

For more details see the festival website

http://www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/events.html

York Literature Festival Events in Store

We are very pleased to be involved in the York Literature Festival next month. We have the following events taking place in the shop:

Thursday 18th March – 6.30pm – free – Adrianne J Odasso

Friday 19th March – 7.00pm – tickets £3.00 available from shop – Miles Cain

Wednesday 24th March – 7.00pm – free – York Poetry workshop

For more details see the festival website http://www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/events.html

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