11 May 2014 8:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11th May 2014 – Saturday 17th May 2014
Visit Waterstones bookshop in its new location in Coney Street to browse a dedicated display of books about death and dying – including books written by Festival presenters.
Waterstones Bookshop, 15 – 17 Coney Street York YO1 9QL
No Booking Needed.
12 May 2014 14:00 - 16:00
This death café is an opportunity to discuss thoughts, attitudes and questions about death and dying in a welcoming and open environment with free cakes and drinks provided.
As an affiliate of the global Death Cafe movement that encourages society to talk about death over tea and cake: www.deathcafe.com
It is not a support group, therapy or counselling. There is no agenda, and we are not here to promote any particular view. We are just happy to discuss all aspects of death.
Facilitators: Bryony Beresford and Fiona Aspinal are researchers based at the University of York. Fiona’s work has focused on quality of services of the end of life, including support for friends and family. Bryony has researched families’ views and experiences of planning for end of life within the context of chronic illness.
Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Library
12 May 2014 19:00 - 20:30
Discover a wide range of memorials in the Minster from across the centuries: including the tomb of Archbishop Walter de Gray who raised the funding for the gothic Minster we see today.
Also, the Minster’s only ‘cadavour’ tomb and memorials to men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Box Office: 01904 557208 (Open Monday – Friday. 9:00am – 4.30pm)
In person: Welcome desks in York Minster (Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 4.30pm)
13 May 2014 19:30 - 22:30
In November 2010, Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic. He came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.
A one man show telling the true story of Chris Larner’s journey to Dignitas, the assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, with his chronically ill ex-wife. This moving bittersweet show reflects on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the journey. Chris explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical considerations of the contentious issues of assisted dying.
The performance will be followed by a discussion with Chris Larner himself for those who want to stay afterwards and discuss the topics raised.
“A wonderfully subtle and deceptively understated performance…. This is story-telling of a very high order” (The Times)
“Intensely moving, at times overwhelming… Larner relates it all with a clear-eyed, occasionally funny, occasionally horrifying lack of sentimentality.” (The Independent)
Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, Monkgate YO31 7PB
Telephone: 01904 323041
Price: Admission £10, Concessions £8
17 May 2014 19:30
2014 is the centenary commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, and the Ebor Singers mark this with a performance of Parry’s Songs of Farwell, completed in 1918 shortly before his own death and the end of the war.
Germany and France are also represented in this programme, Max Reger’s somber Nachtleid and Maurice Ravel’s sparkling Trois Chansons. These pieces are set alongside more recent responses to war and loss, Philip Moore’s Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals.
Chapter House of York Minster
Box office: 01904 557208