On the 28th November 2014, poets and poetry lovers alike descended on the University of York’s campus for the launch of the very first issue of Eborakon magazine. Over fifty people attended the event hosted by the Norman Rea Gallery, a student-run exhibition space located in Derwent College. Staff, students, poets and others gathered together to hear readings from a number of writers featured in the issue. After a welcoming address by co-editor Jack Thacker, the poets took to the microphone to read a selection of works from within and beyond the magazine. The readers were Roger Baxter, Steve Ely, Hugh Haughton, Kath McKay, Paul Mills, Stephen Roberts, David Troupes, JT Welsch and John Whale. It fell to Dr James Williams to provide the closing statements before the celebrations were continued at The Deramore Arms in nearby Heslington Village. The Eborakon team would like to extend their thanks to all of the poets who agreed to read their work at the event, to all of those who attended, and to everyone else who helped make the launch of Issue 1 such a success.
JT Welsch reading from Eborakon at the Launch Party in November