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A major new national spoken word and poetry festival in Hull.

Starting on National Poetry Day with local, national and international poets, Contains Strong Language is a celebration of new and existing word craft inspired by this literary city.

Packed with world premieres, special gala readings, events and concerts, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, plus performances from John Cooper Clarke and others, Contains Strong Language also features several new projects that absolutely everyone can get involved with – such as a mammoth washing line of poetry to be created from 2017 new poems about city landmarks written by Hull residents.

At the heart of the festival will be The Hull 17 – an ensemble of 17 artists, commissioned to create new work, who will be resident in the city, including Imtiaz Dharker, Kate Fox, Joe Hakim, Harry Giles, Helen Mort, Alice Oswald, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Polley, Louise Wallwein, Fred Voss and Dean Wilson.

BBC national and local radio stations from Radio 1 to 6Music, television and online will record and broadcast much of the festival where live shows will include Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, The Verb with Ian McMillan on BBC Radio 3 and Front Row on BBC Radio 4.

In association with Wrecking Ball Press.

The first allocation of tickets for Contains Strong Language goes live on Monday 24 July at 10am. 

Date Time Price  
Thu 28 Sep 12.00am Free  
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Fri 29 Sep 12.00am Free  
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Sat 30 Sep 12.00am Free  
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Sun 1 Oct 12.00am Free  
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