Below are details of our upcoming, one-off special events. Please do come and join us! 





A series of three lectures by eminent local historians and story tellers created to explore different perspectives on the life and times of St Denys’s and Walmgate. All lectures will take place on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7.45pm. Attendance is free and light refreshments of wine and cheese will be offered! 

May 15th. St Denys, Walmgate: the story so far... Dr Charles Kightly

Charles Kightly has been the revered churchwarden of St.Denys Walmgate for nearly 25 years. He has discovered as much as he could about the history of the building--but is also very conscious that there's a lot more research to do. He is also a full time historical writer and editor and restorer of old buildings. 

June 12th. Religion in the Parishes: York 1400-1700, Professor Bill Sheils

Bill Sheils is Professor Emeritus at the University of York and has published widely on the English Reformation, mostly in its local contexts. He has written on the history of York more generally and contributed chapters covering 1540 to the present in the recent Historic Towns Atlas volume on York.

July 10th. The Sweetest Thing: making it up in York: On Writing Fiction out of Facts, Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw is the author of a memoir and four novels. She has lived in or near York for over thirty years. Her first novel, The Sweetest Thing (Virago, 2003), is set in Victorian York in the midst of the cocoa wars and industrial expansion. It features a Quaker chocolate factory that is not Rowntree’s. Her forthcoming novel, The Outwalkers, is set in a future England. For more, please visit: