Our Coffeehouse evenings are back, ready to inspire and arouse debate and discussion, all over a hot beverage.

This season begins with Queering the Folk: Black British and Caribbean LGBT Writers Now on Wednesday 15 February. Dr Sarah Lawson Welsh from York St John’s University will be leading the discussion on how writers such as Jackie Kay, Marlon James, Patience Agbabi and Dorothea Smartt explore the complexities of being black and LGBT in contemporary and historical contexts. This fits in wonderfully with this year’s LGBT History month.

To follow on we have Flirting and Fainting: A Cultural History of the Corset – the perfect accompaniment to York’s International Women’s Festival – on Wednesday 15 March. Come and join Dr Anne-Marie Evans (Subject Director for English Literature at York St John University) to explore the historical and cultural significance of the corset. An essential item of clothing for women (and some men!) during the nineteenth century, the wearing of corsets can actually be traced back to the Renaissance period. This event will debate the importance of the corset as a fashion item, and also consider its connections with the development of the women’s suffrage movement in England and America.

We hope this whets the appetite. Keep your eyes peeled for details on Coffeehouse nights to come on our events page and in the libraries.

Tickets for all Coffeehouse discussions are £3 or £2 with a YorkCard for each discussion, and include a hot beverage. Tickets can be booked at any York library or by emailing york@exploreyork.org.uk or calling us on 01904 552828.