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Thurs 15 NovemberKate Smurthwaite

Our 6th Annual Event: Clit Stirrer, with Kate Smurthwaite. 7.30pm at The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.

Tickets are £7 each (£5 for NYH members). You can get them on request from tickets@nyhg.org.uk, or online at Eventbrite.co.uk.

The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and writer puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence.

Kate has sworn, flashed her hairy armpits at Eamonn Holmes, shown up in pyjamas, called a Daily Mail columnist "Dad" and shouted at a nun all on live TV. That’s when she’s not insulting organised religion or the monarchy.

But is she the one with the problem? Lots of angry men with very poor grammar on the internet think so. She’s actually a nice quiet homely sort. In her new one-woman show, Kate lifts the lid on her reputation as a provocatrice extraordinaire and asks: Where did it all go wrong?

Kate Smurthwaite, a patron of Humanists UK, is currently touring her 13th solo show and performs at major clubs around the UK and festivals across the world. She is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work.

Kate’s TV appearances include the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time, BBC 1’s The Big Questions, as well as news items on BBC, ITV, Sky and other channels.

Her radio contributions include BBC’s Jeremy Vine Show, Woman’s Hour, The Moral Maze and a 15-minute programme in the Four Thought series written and performed entirely by Kate about sexist humour and sexism in comedy.

Kate also writes for publications from Cosmopolitan to The Guardian and The Independent and she has a regular column in New Internationalist.

Kate is a writer for the BBC political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK’s leading political satire show Have I Got News for You?

In 2014 Kate was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for campaigning against violence against women.

Wed 21 November

Book Group Meeting - God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 26 November

Philosophy Group Meeting - The individual versus the collective. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 4 DecemberColin Taylor

The Crisis of Islam and the Koran, with Colin Taylor.

We can see today that the Islamic World is engaged in a sectarian conflict between its many mutually hostile factions.

But the Koran itself has many problems. It is supposed to be the infallible and unchanging word of Allah as revealed to the prophet Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel. But, as even many fair-minded Moslems will admit, it is becoming increasingly impossible to reconcile the Koran with the realities of modern science and principles of humanity and justice.

For example, the Koran borrows extensively from the book of Genesis, which has long been rejected as mythology and superstition by serious scientists and historians. Its acceptance of certain traditional practices can be deemed contrary to the UN Declaration on Human Rights. And the Koran also has a pervasive hostility to particular other peoples, which is still reflected in some Moslem communities today.

Colin Taylor worked for many years in Islamic countries and is an authority on Islamic affairs. These, and other relevant issues, will be discussed in this talk.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 1 January 2019

No meeting.

Tues 5 February 2019Andy Parkin

Evolution – It’s a Fact with Andy Parkin.

Andy’s talk on Evolution by Natural Selection will provide definitions and explanations and a look at the current threat facing science, particularly from the religious. He will also discuss taxonomy, the latest discoveries concerning overlapping hominid populations, evidence supporting evolution and a look at the predictions the theory makes.

Andy Parkin is currently a teacher of English as a Second Language and has taught all over the world. He has previously worked in the software industry and has been a Management Consultant, Benefits Guru and Housing Director. He started life as a Science Teacher and throughout his life has maintained an enthusiasm in all matters scientific. He has a keen interest in astronomy and cosmology and has recently become an accredited school speaker for Humanists UK.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 5 March 2019

Effective Altruism with Sally Bridgewater and Jamie Gittins.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 2 April 2019

Providing Emotional Support for People in Distress, from York Samaritans.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 7 May 2019

Fantastic planets, and how to find them with Dr Emily Brunsden, University of York.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 4 June 2019

TBA.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 2 July 2019

Universal Basic Income with Dr Louise Haagh, University of York.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

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