Join in York’s Very First Citywide Wellbeing Day – Today!

There will be a number of fantastic pop-up health and wellbeing events going on in and around York today.  Take a look below to see what’s on near you.

HYPNOTHERAPY BY DAVID SEAR
Information drop in at his room on

 

Stonegate in York.

11:00 – 15:00
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LITTLE STARS STAY AND PLAY

Relax Kids York and Selby with Kirsty are holding a Little Stars Stay and Play Session in Fulford.

10:00 – 11:30
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WORK LIFE BALANCE NETWALK
Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace & Netwalk North Yorkshire are holding a Work-Life Balance
session and ‘Netwalk’ at Forest Farm Business Park near Fulford.

11:30 – 13:30
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PLANT-BASED NUTRITION FOR WELLBEING –CONFUSION or CONFIDENCE?
Vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based diets are buzzwords nowadays. There is so much, often very conflicting and contradictory, information in all sorts of media, including social media about the effects of our nutritional choices on our physical, mental and even emotional health and wellbeing in general.  Come to this talk for a bit of myth-busting and science, ideas and information. Bring your questions for the Q&A session at the end of the talk – I promise that it will be both useful and fun!

16:00 – 17:30
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PLAYING WITH WORDS Claire Davies (The Greedy Wordsmith) and Gayle Johnson (Red Tree Writing)

Join Claire and Gayle for a morning of playful writing at True Story, Lord Mayors Walk, as part of
York’s first ever city wide Wellbeing Day. During this interactive session, we will look at how writing can help you reconnect with yourself, tune into your creativity and guide you through life. Together, in an informal, supportive environment, we’ll explore our personal histories with writing, discuss the various forms of writing available to us and play with a few simple writing prompts.  Everybody has the right to write, and this session will get you going whether you already have a personal writing habit or not.

10:00 – 13:00
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RE-ENERGISING WITH CLAY

Nicola Stead from The Creative Studio
Take a break from your usual routine and come and play with some clay! Re-energise yourself by
making a clay pot and get your imagination going again.
Pay as you feel, all ages welcome, no experience needed. As we all know, looking after our mental
health is an important part of life and we all need to check in on this every now and then, so come and take some time out to relax and enjoy!
Reserve your space by booking online through Eventbrite as a free ticket and any contributions given on the day of the workshop, to cover costs of materials, will greatly be appreciated.

09:30 – 11:00
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GUT HEALTH & WELLBEING
Join Anna Park for an interactive workshop as part of York Wellbeing Day. The workshop takes place at the Lemon Tree Cafe in Poppleton.
She will be covering aspects of gut health and signposting where to get help and products that are available.  She will also be offering aloe shots for you to try.

12:45 – 14:45
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Louise Black Health & Beauty
Mini Massages in aid of York MIND in East Cottingwith

BUSINESS BASED WORKSHOPS
Helen Thorburn – East Yorkshire Education Department
Mark Bates – Make it York

 

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!!