YLF Online 2020 – Saturday 17th October

We are excited to announce that we will be returning in October with a day of FREE online events!

There is no denying that 2020 has been a tough year for everyone. So it is with great pleasure that we are bringing you a day of online events on Saturday 17th October, in association with MyVLF and Arts Council England. 

Andrew McMillan
Suzannah Lipscomb
Jeffrey Boakye

Every event on the day will be FREE. There is no need to book tickets! All you need to do is register for the MyVLF community in advance and then head to the website for the event at the given time. You can register here.

Further details about gaining access to the events can be found below.

The great thing is that after you have joined the MyVLF community you can engage with the other literary events on their website as well. If you can not join us on the day, the events will still be on the MyVLF website for you to enjoy! 

Book sales will be available from Fox Lane Books.  MyVLF is the world’s only virtual book festival venue.

The day will consist of the following events.

11.00-12.00: ON LOVE – Join poets Seni Seneviratne and Afshan D’souza Lodhi as they read from their collections, Unknown Soldier and re: desire. 

12.00-13.00: YOUNG, BLACK AND BRITISH – In this special event presented by Dialogue Books, writers Jeffrey Boakye and Okey Nzelu exchange their views and understanding of what it’s like to be both black and British in the modern day and age. 

14.00-15.00: LOCATING YORK IN LITERATURE – Dr Rob O’Connor (York Centre for Writing, York St John University) is joined by Drs Zoë Enstone and Adam James Smith for a lively round-table discussion of York’s representation in literature from the eighteenth century to the present day.

16.00-17.00: WOMEN, SEX AND POWER IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY – Most of the women who ever lived left no trace on the record of history and everything we’ve known about ordinary women suggests they were powerless and downtrodden. 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.   

17.00-18.00: POETRY READING WITH ANDREW MCMILLAN, SUPPORTED BY JOSHUA JUDSON – Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award, amongst others. His second collection, Playtime, was published to great acclaim in 2018 and was The Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. Andrew will be giving a reading from his work, supported by Joshua Judson, a poet from Nottingham. 

We look forward to seeing you – albeit virtually – at these events!

How to sign up

To join in with any/all of sessions for The York Literature Festival Online Day you only need to register at MyVLF.com once. You will then have ongoing access to all events and areas. MyVLF is free to join. 

How to access the sessions

On desktop, laptop and ipad, click on the top menu to go to the Theatre or, you can also click on the front page, where you see the Theatre sign.

On mobile, you can use the ‘Press for Menu’ button, or look in the top right corner for the menu. Then scroll down for the Theatre.

You can also click on this link: MyVLF Theatre 

MyVLF is more than just the Theatre!

While you’re on the site, or at any other time, please browse the stands in our Exhibition Hall, go to our Café to download our Free Book of the Month, or visit our Bookshelf and take a look at the available books on display.