Lauren Crystal

Update:

Launched a product

Since graduating Lauren has been working in technology and recently launched a project collaboration app that has been selected to exhibit at Forbes Under 30 Summit. To find out more click the link below.

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Anita Wilkinson (nee Langford)

Sadly passed away.

Sadly passed away

Anita Wilkinson died on 5th April 2018, aged 64, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. She leaves her husband Richard, daughter Kathryn and son Simon,
After graduating from York she gained an MA in Applied Genetics ay Birmingham University. It was there that she met another postgraduate, Richard, who became her husband later that year. Anita and Richard moved to Leicester where they both worked and brought up their family.
Anita will be remembered for her love of quilting, patchwork and especially lacemaking which became her lifetime passion. She was well known as a lacemaking tutor and an author publishing 5 booklets of her own lace patterns and designs.

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Julia Deakin

Publication:

Sleepless

Ours is a restless age. At one extreme, 24/7 corporate culture and social media addiction leave many unable to literally and metaphorically switch off; at the other, millions are roaming continents in fear of their lives while looking for a safe place to rest. In Sleepless, poet Julia Deakin tirelessly questions how we have come to this exhausting impasse.
Her hard-hitting, wryly humorous and intensely humane collection probes our emotions, digs deep for grains of common sense and plumbs the depths of our conscience to ascertain how truly awake we are.
Deakin’s work has drawn consistent praise from nationally-renowned poets. ‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ said Simon Armitage of her first collection, Without a Dog (Graft, 2008). Anne Stevenson ‘read it straight through at a single sitting’ enjoying its ‘mature wit and wisdom’. ‘Real linguistic inventiveness’ said Ian McMillan. ‘Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny,’ said Alison Brackenbury of her Poetry Business Competition winner, The Half-Mile-High-Club.
MMU Professor of Poetry Michael Symmons Roberts appraised Eleven Wonders (http://www/graftpoetry.co.uk) as ‘Powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection. Those who, like me, have admired her individual poems in the past, will be struck by their cumulative strength and range.’
Of Sleepless, Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008-2016) says: ‘From the first poem’s quiet lyricism to the final poem’s dazzling thirty sentences, these are witty, sometimes experimental, always musical, sharp-eyed, intelligent poems that ring in this reader’s mind. A fine collection.’
Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north to Yorkshire where she taught, married, did a Poetry MA and took up ice skating. A compelling reader, she has featured twice on Poetry Please and won numerous competitions – none of them for skating.

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Mahlet Zimeta (nee Getachew)

Award:

Journalism award/grant - international relations

What was it for:

Award from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The grant covers the “hard” costs of international media assignments (travel, accommodation, interpreters, fixers, etc), and they subsequently turn funded projects into long-term educational resources.

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Michael Contaldo

New role:

Head of Innovation Government of New Zealand

I graduated from York in 1997 (Vanbrugh, History), After completing a Master’s at the London School of Economics I joined the Treasury as a civil servant. I am now moving to Wellington to take up a post with the New Zealand Government to lead on innovation.

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Atta Rehman

New role:

A New Role for Atta

Atta Rehman got new job as “Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Monitoring and Reporting) with UN Relief and Working Agency based in Amman, Jordan

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Stuart Lowe

New role:

Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee

Stuart Lowe recently retired as a member of staff and has taken up the role of Chair of York Chamber Music Festival Charitable Trust Committee. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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Oliver Comins

Publication:

Oak Fish Island

Oliver Comins has published his first, long anticipated, full-length book of poetry called ‘Oak Fish Island.’ A selection of twentieth century work is included plus many previously uncollected poems written more recently.

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Balvinder Singh

Award:

Received an award for his work in heritage conservation

What was it for:

For his contribution in bringing awareness about heritage conservation Balvinder received a certificate, gold plated medal and a cheque of Rs. 11000 from the Chief Minister of Punjab.

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Natasha Bell

Publication:

Exhibit Alexandra

Alexandra Southwood is missing. Her husband is beside himself, or at least he appears to be. She has vanished into thin air; the only traces left are her bloodied clothes by the riverside. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body.

But we know that she is alive. That she is being kept somewhere far from her family. That perhaps this wife and mother wasn’t quite what she seemed . . .

Be warned: this isn’t another missing-woman thriller. This is something far more shocking . . .

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Peter Aylmer

Publication:

Discover a wilder side to London with this guidebook of 25 walks in and around the capital’s green spaces and nature reserves. Covering both central and Greater London, they explore woods and forests, royal parks and heaths, canals and rivers. The walks range from 4 to 14 miles and take up to six hours to complete.
London is a city of 8 million people and 8 million trees, and its vast open spaces are home to 13,000 species of wildlife. This guide takes in all four corners including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, the World Heritage site of Kew Gardens and Wimbledon Common and showcases a greener, more gentle side to the city.
Using the rivers as a guide, the book is divided into four sections, and includes a wealth of information about the wildlife, history and conservation of each area. Each walk is illustrated with an OS map at a scale of 1:25,000, and includes a route description, public transport information and photos. There is also a handy route summary table.

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Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett

Publication:

How Much Brain Do We Really Need?

Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?

How Much Brain Do We Really Need? challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.

The bad news is that our brains start to shrink from our mid-thirties. But the good news is that we still seem to generally muddle along and our brain is able to adapt in extraordinary ways when things going wrong.

Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett shed light on what the human brain can do – in both optimal and suboptimal conditions – and consider what it can manage without. Through fascinating facts and figures, case studies and hypothetical scenarios, expert interviews and scientific principles, they take us on a journey from the ancient mists of time to the far reaches of the future, via different species and lands.

Is brain training the key to healthy ageing? Do women really experience baby brain? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? We discover the answers to these questions and more.

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