Mr Judge to You (Me & My Shadows)

Today’s MJTY is to be entitled “Me and My Shadows”.   Running on from last show’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience”, Steve will be playing tunes from a bullion vault of Cliff numbers…   with or without his Shadows; interspersed with a number of modern day offerings…

There will also be a few gangster movies involved (new and old), for Declan and Steve to review.

TUNE IN BETWEEN 5-7pm!!

The Poetry Show waffles about AMBIGUITY and Stairwell Books Presents: John Gilham

John Gilham is the ME of his notorious tales of FOSDYKE AND ME: two malcontent youths living “under the flight path from Heathrow” in the 1960s. Actually, John and Fosdyke are more benign than malign and have delighted York audiences for at least 15 years. John will set me straight on their longevity.

More recently, John is the editor of international arts magazine Dream Catcher, truly a home-grown journal, founded over 20 years ago as part of a York St John’s project by then-student Paul Sutherland. John will no doubt chat to us about trains, Fosdyke, Dream Catcher, poetry, and bicycles!

The photo is John Gilham, speaking as editor of Dream Catcher at the May 2017 London Poetry Magazine Fair. Alan is lurking in the wings.

But before all that, Monday’s The Poetry Show Season One episode is about Ambiguity. I think…. I’m not sure…. Perhaps I’m a little vague.

When you write a poem, are you being clear? Actually, that’s a big deal isn’t it. Some of us *ahem* like to have multiple meanings, a sort of Pollock canvas spatter of words. Or, Picasso. Poem Descending Staircase.

Others want it blunt. Clear. Open to all. To that end, I’ll read “A Celebration of My Ignorance.” There are plenty of snide comments about “approachable” poets, such as were made about Carol Ann Duffy when she became Poet Laureate, and more recently about Hollie McNish. The most damning comments seem to be along the lines of ‘she’s too popular’. I like that their poetry isn’t elitist. At Yale, I was accused of writing in too popular a style. “Oh, you mean, I sound stupid?” The man blinked but demurred to answer.

On the other hand, laying it all out, spoon-feeding the reader is a guaranteed way to bore them. Why do all the work? Why lock down every image so that the listener or reader can add NOTHING?

So, is it better to be explicit, or a little vague?

TUNE IN BETWEEN 1-2pm TODAY!!

Ask York #2

Two Rivers Radio invites you to join the audience for the second edition of Ask York.

This month we will be recording the show at Chill in the Community Cafe on Acomb Front Street on Sunday evening.

There is a definite health and well-being focus among this month’s panelists, although questions on other topics will be warmly welcomed.

Join us from 7pm – recording to begin at 7:45pm and last approximately an hour.

The month the panel will include:

Rachael Maskell – MP for York Central (Lab)

 

 

 

 

Mary Passeri – Director of Chill in the Community CIC

 

 

 

Cllr. Carol Runciman – Executive Member for Adult Health & Social Care  (Lib Dem)

 

 

 

Cllr. Chris Steward  (Con)

 

 

 

 

 

The panel will be chaired by Pete Kilbane of the Angel on the Green.

The show will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded and broadcast on Two Rivers Radio between 2-3pm and again from 7-8pm on Monday 26th February.

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Two Rivers Radio is a community broadcaster run exclusively by dedicated volunteers that want to bring the City of York, fresh, independent and locally produced radio – featuring music, news, current affairs, special interest programming and more.

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The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Presents…

On Monday at 1pm, The Poetry Show talks about FEAR followed by Stairwell Books Presents: Becca Miles

The Poetry Show Season One episode is on FEAR, which features Laurence O’Reilly and guest Neil Cathan. After that, Alan will sit down with Becca Miles, SWB editorial assistant and LARP expert. What is LARP, you ask? Tune in and find out! Or are you afraid…..?

The Poetry Show Season One Episode 26: Today’s show is about FEAR.

What makes you frightened? What IS ‘FEAR’? I once heard someone say “people lie when they’re afraid,” so before you lie, ask yourself: what am I scared of? Okay, maybe.

I have felt fear: walking down a street at night. Walking through a parking lot at night. Stairwells in big, emptyish buildings, at day OR at night. In fact I’ll do a poem (an old one) on the very certain, specific fears, that women can have. I once had a personal tragedy and so, I was left even MORE afraid after it. You’d think the worst has happened, and yet I actually was more fearful of it happening again, afterward.

Fear can be healthy: we are aware of our surroundings; we’re being careful. Every soldier is scared shitless, or they’re dead…. do you agree? Okay: Is fear GOOD? Should we have fear? Isn’t keeping an eye out for the sabre tooth tiger just part of being human?

York Mosque & Islamic Centre – Open Day Today

Do you want to learn more about Islam?  Do you have questions that you’d like to ask?

Join Imam Abid Salik and others today from 2pm at the York Mosque & Islamic Centre to find out more and meet the community.

Your invite to York Mosque & Islamic Centre

Your invite to York Mosque & Islamic Centre! Ever wondered what Islam is and what Muslims do? Got a burning question to ask but were too shy to ask? Or are you just curious?Whatever the reason, we invite you ALL to visit us at York Mosque & Islamic Centre in what will be a enriching day for us all!'Visit My Mosque 2018' 📅 Sunday 18th February 2018 ⏰ 2:00pm – 6:00pm

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To hear Imam Salik’s interview with Fasil Demsash, tune into Black York tomorrow at 2pm.

Ask York #2

Join the audience for Ask York #2 @ Chill in the Community Cafe

After the great success of Ask York in January, its back!  This time we will be recording the show on Sunday 25th February at Chill in the Community CIC Cafe in Acomb.

In the February edition there is going to be a focus on city-wide health and well-being, although questions on other topics will be warmly welcomed.

You will be asked to write your questions on slips prior to recording and we will endeavour to include them all – although, we will of course not ask the same question twice.

If you would like to ask a question, but can’t be present on the night please email: tworiversradio@gmail.com with “Ask York Question” as the email title.

Our confirmed panelists include:

with more TBC

Pete Kilbane will be chairing the panel again, keeping order and ensuring that your questions get answered.

The show will not be being broadcast live, but will be being recorded for broadcast the following day, Monday 26th February, at 2pm and again at 8pm here on Two Rivers Radio.

Please arrive at the venue between 7-7:30pm to begin recording at 7:45.  Recording should last approximately 1 hour.  There will be time after the recording to enjoy a coffee and discuss the topics raised in a more informal setting.

If you would like to guarantee you seat at Ask York #2, please click HERE to visit our ticketing site.  All tickets are free.

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Staxtonbury Family Music Festival 2018 – Early Bird Tickets

Are you coming to Staxtonbury Festival this summer?  Take a look at their promo vid for 2018 – it’s their 10th anniversary don’t you know!

Great!  In that case we have some excellent news for you.  Two Rivers Radio has a limited number of Weekend Tickets available at the Early Bird rate of £50.

AND – if you buy your ticket through us 20% of the sale will go toward supporting Two Rivers Radio’s presence at the festival.

So, buy tickets for a fantastic music festival in North Yorkshire this summer at a special rate and support your local community radio station while you’re at it!  Its a win all round!  🙂

The Festival runs at Staxton Farm a few miles from Scarborough from Friday 6th July ’til Sunday 8th July 2018.

If you would like to know more or would like to purchase a ticket, contact us:

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The Poetry Show & Stairwell Books Present:

Today, The Poetry Show (Eden Agency) will be investigating ‘Hidden Languages’.

David Lee Morgan couldn’t stay up in Yorkshire: but he’ll be back in March. So Stairwell Books presents: Alice Tomlinson!

What is Twilight Birth? Alice has researched this and we can be thankful those days are long behind us.

Or with You-Know- Whose in power in the US, are they? #HandMaidsTale

Twilight was the early to mid-Twentieth Century practice of Twilight Birth.

Yeeesh! Alice is in Dream Catcher Magazine and performs in York and London. Alice also just supported new novelist Claire Patel-Campbell at a packed launch of Abernathy at New School House Gallery.

The image is of Alice reading at this launch, attended by no less than 7 new-born babies, and about 50 full-sized folks.

And just before we sit down with Alice, we’ll hear The Poetry Shows! (Eden Agency). This week, guest Lucy Furlong, back up from London visiting us in the provinces, discusses Secret or Hidden Languages.

Today’s show is about secret languages. Pig Latin, Cockney slang, anything designed to avoid The Man and throw authorities off the scent.

I’m totally out of my depth here, but an unrelated phrase that rhymes with the real, target word or phrase is used and then even just one word that reminds you of the phrase is good enough.

Trouble & Strife for wife. (Heyyyyyyy, where’s one for ‘husband’?) And you can shorten them to add to the secrecy and confusion for outsiders. Scooby (as in Scooby Doo) for clue.

Give it a Butcher’s Hook for ‘Look’ can become “So go give it a butcher’s”.

Lucy had remarked she wouldn’t Eve it, as in Adam and Eve or ‘Believe’ it and that led to this topic.  Now in MY field, we’ve discussed indigenous languages that are used to keep the conquerors off your back, but we just don’t have the Cockney language in America. Or do we?

CALL IN or email me and yell at me if I’m wrong.  Closest I have was when some Polish guys who worked in the same shabbily posh country
club as teenage me spoke their language to get by the bosses; or how a smile can be taken wrong… or maybe is just too self-analysed.

Job Share and Tom Dixon. The Poetry Show and Stairwell Books Presents:

On The Poetry Show episode (1pm ’til 2pm) , Job Share, we have the original crew of Charli, Laurence, Alan and me, but also with guest Lucy Furlong up from London.  So the ep was a job share too. If I recall it was a seat share too!  The recording studio at Eden Agency is a small space with four chairs, but we somehow fitted five of us in the room.

Job sharing is popular among parents of tiny kids. Back in the 1990s, job sharing became a feminist issue, a way for women to keep a foot in the job market and yet still have a life. Sort of.  Tiny babies are HARD WORK!  When I first had my baby, I had dreams: I was gonna learn sign language, maybe brush up on my French….. and I was grateful when I managed to get dressed and clean my teeth the same day.  I then went back full time and it was hard.

Then, following the Poetry Show episode, we have Tom Dixon joining us on Stairwell Books Presents:

Tom has a book out this summer called ON SUICIDE BRIDGE and Tom will talk to us about the inspiration for the book.  The featured picture above is of Tom at the Spoken Word, December 2016. No, the people gazing down at the floor aren’t praying, they’re listening intently. That was a very packed night!

Ask York’s Radio Debut

On Wednesday 24 January we recorded the very first edition of Ask York, at The Angel on the Green.

The recording of this excellent panel discussion will be broadcast today between 2-3pm and the again between 7-8pm.  We hope that you are able to tune in and join the debate.  Tweet @TwoRiversRadio using #TRR #AskYork

Massive thanks go to Pete Kilbane for his hospitality and for being a sensational chairman!

Also, we must say a huge thank you to our inaugural panel:

Proff. Kate Pickett – Professor of Epidemiology, University Champion for Research on Justice and Equality, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health;
University of York (also co-author of The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better

Paul Healey – Conservative councilor for 8 years up to 2015 and Deputy Group Leader. Small business owner.

 

Helen Graham – Helen has been working on the My Castle Gateway project and teaches Heritage Studies at the University of Leeds.

 

Cllr. Jonny Crawshaw – Labour councilor for Micklegate with a special interest in education.

 

 

Questions asked and topics discussed include:

  • City centre traffic and congestion
  • Blue Badge bicycle parking
  • What can be done to increase cycling within the city?
  • Growing inequality, tax avoidance and the merits/pitfalls of opening up a system of voluntary taxation
  • What can be done for young people in the city?
  • Micklegate Neighbourhood Forum and how it plans to engage young people.
  • The proposal to convert Rowntree Park Lodge into holiday accommodation
  • Local business rates and the business rates re-evaluation
  • Is there a better method of collecting business rates than the current model?
  • Does the panel think that the City of York is loosing its character?

 

Thank you to Mark Chandler of HMGW for the image of the whole panel.

Thank you also to everybody that came and asked a question

Produced by Kate Lock & Jez Russell

Boom operator: Declan Minskip