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Summary

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

Starting on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September, with local, national and international poets, Contains Strong Language is a celebration of new and existing word craft inspired by our literary city.

 

Radio 3 Breakfast

28 Sep 2017, 6am (no audience for this event)
University of Hull

The BBC Radio 3 Breakfast show comes live from Hull University. Petroc Trelawny opens the Contains Strong Language season on National Poetry Day for the BBC.

Attachment

28 Sep 2017, 12pm (free, unticketed)
TBC

Attachment is a poetic concept, a message in a bottle 2.0. Inspired by the rusty machines of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, the fully automatic poetic machine gives physical form to digital messages.

1st Editions Reading: Douglas Dunn

28 Sep 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Douglas Dunn opens an exhibition of Hull related first edition poetry books with a reading from his ground breaking first collection Terry Street published in 1967.

Free Thinking

28 Sep 2017, 11am (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Radio 3’s Flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking discusses the 17th century Hull poet Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’.

Radio 5 Live: Afternoon Edition

28 Sep 2017, 1pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

BBC Radio 5 Live Broadcast live from Hull College. Sarah Brett talks to Hull ‘17 poets about their work.

Landlines

28 Sep 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Listeners to BBC Radio Humberside have been composing ‘Poems on a Postcard’ about where they live in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Resident ‘Landline’ poets Dean Wilson and Vicky Foster perform some of the 2017 poems.

Hull 17 Gala Launch

28 Sep 2017, 5pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

This special event split over two nights is a Gala showcase of the work of the Hull ‘17 Contains Strong Language poets.

The Verb: 35 Years of Spoken Word

28 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Jubilee Church

Ian McMillan presents a special edition of Radio 3’s The Verb as we celebrate the story of spoken word in the UK, with Apples and Snakes on their 35th anniversary.

Kathryn Williams

28 Sep 2017, 7.30pm (tickets £15)
Kardomah 94

A performance from Mercury nominated and critically acclaimed folk artist Kathryn Williams.

Jo Whiley

28 Sep 2017, 8pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Coming live from the City of Culture, Jo brings you a special show on National Poetry day as part of the BBC’s Contains Strong Language season.

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Film Screening: Auden

29 Sep 2017, 11am (free, ticketed)
Fruit

W.H Auden in a New Age of Anxiety examines why Auden’s poetry still shines through in the 21st century.

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1st Editions Reading: Kath McKay

29 Sep 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

First edition reading local Hull writer Kath McKay’s poetry plays out the daily tragi-comic dramas of life in a large city.

Kate Fox

29 Sep 2017, 12pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Kate Fox has made a living as a stand-up poet for ten years. Being funny and northern is sometimes a help and sometimes a hindrance and she’s doing a PhD about why.

The Verb: International Poets

29 Sep 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Ian McMillan presents The Verb, Radio 3’s cabaret of the spoken word with a host of International poets from Latvia, America and Poland.

Film Screening: Mersey Beat Poetry Movement

29 Sep 2017, 12.30pm (free ticketed)
Fruit

In 1967 Penguin Books published The Mersey Sound, number 10 in the Modern Poets series, by Liverpool poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. This hour-long film for BBC Four celebrates the 50th anniversary of the collection.

Women of Words

29 Sep 2017, 1pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Hull’s Women of Words collective join forces with Northern poet Kate Fox to celebrate the voices of the trailblazing women of Hull.

Film Screening: Men Who Sleep in Cars

29 Sep 2017, 2pm (free, ticketed)
Fruit

Men Who Sleep in Cars by Michael Symmons Roberts is written entirely in verse. Sarah (Maxine Peake) finds the familiar streets of Manchester, a backdrop to the film, difficult to leave.

Between the Ears

29 Sep 2017, 2pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Hull ‘17 poets Helen Mort and Hannah Silva perform two very different new imaginative works which blend adventurous sound and interview with exceptional poetry.

Poetry From Poland

29 Sep 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Wojciech Cichon, Weronika Lewandowska, and Bohdan Piasecki perform poetry in celebration of polish culture and heritage here in the UK.

Bohdan Piasecki

29 Sep 2017, 3.15pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Bohdan Piasecki will be presenting work created over the last few months at his pop-up poetry stations from the streets of Hull.

Film Screening: Through the Lens of Larkin

29 Sep 2017, 3.30pm (free, ticketed)
Fruit

John Wedgwood Clarke (Books That Made Britain) will get on his bike and follow in the tyre tracks of the man himself to explore the places and relationships which shaped one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets.

Grace Nichols, John Agard

29 Sep 2017, 3.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

John Agard and Grace Nichols are joined by poets from Trinidad to celebrate Caribbean poetry, performance and culture.

Film Screening: Black Roses – The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

29 Sep 2017, 4.30pm (free, ticketed)
Fruit

Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster. Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death in a Lancashire park in 2007 because of her appearance. Sylvia Lancaster remembers her daughter and the tragic events after the attack as Sophie tells her own story through a sequence of poems written by poet by Simon Armitage.

Lamanby

29 Sep 2017, 4.30pm
Hull College

Poet Jacob Polley recovers an extraordinary house of dream-memory through words put to a powerful soundscape, created and performed John Alder. Lamanby movingly explores how we might hold on to what matters …

Dean Wilson and Joelle Taylor

29 Sep 2017, 4.30pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from Joelle Taylor, the Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, and Dean Wilson, twenty years a postman and eleven years as Hull’s self-proclaimed fourth-best poet.

Zena Edwards and Harry Giles

29 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from writer and performer Harry Giles, and writer/poet and vocalist Zena Edwards.

Film Screening: Talking Doorsteps Films

29 Sep, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Fruit

Talking Doorsteps is a spoken word exchange project that explores the idea of “home” by connecting young poets and filmmakers from across the globe and sharing their work digitally with audiences worldwide.

Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt in Conversation

29 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Jubilee Church

The duo chat with Simon Armitage, discussing their songs and books, and their years in Hull where they formed bestselling band Everything But The Girl.

Front Row

29 Sep 2017, 7pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Join the audience for a live broadcast of Front Row, Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, presented by John Wilson and featuring an exuberant mix of interviews, discussion, and performance.

Hull Liming

29 Sep 2017, 8pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Tilt presents Hull Liming: Where spoken word meets carnival. An evening of performance, spoken word, storytelling, music, drinks and DJs under one roof.

Dr John Cooper Clarke & Special Guests

29 Sep 2017, 8pm (tickets £25)
Middleton Hall

Dr John Cooper Clarke’s show is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.

1Xtra:Words First

29 Sep 2017, 8pm (free, ticketed)
The Old School House

BBC 1Xtra bring their Words First poets to Hull to celebrate the musical lyricism at the heart of the station’s identity.

The Verb Live: Radio 3

29 Sep 2017, 10pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s The Verb broadcasting live from Hull with a look at the poetry inspired by the city.

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Childrens Poetry Workshop

30 Sep 2017, 10am (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Calling all young budding poets! This workshop will help get your imaginations pumping and your words popping and is an opportunity to try out some word shapes and develop your creativity.

Talking Doorsteps

30 Sep 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Join us for a high-energy showcase of poetry, in partnership with The British Council and The Round House. Ideas and social activism featuring performances from Deborah Stevenson, Joe Hakim and Chiedu Oraka.

1st Editions Reading: Sean O’Brien

30 Sep 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

A first edition poetry reading. Sean O’Brien returns to the city he grew up in – Hull.

Jacob Polley and Michael Dickman

30 Sep 2017, 12.30pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from the award winning Michael Dickman and Jacob Polley.

Hull: A City of Poets In Its Own Words

30 Sep 2017, 1pm (free, ticketed)
Jubilee Church

Be in the audience for a live Radio 4 broadcast. From Larkin and Stevie Smith to Andrew Marvell and Andrew Motion, from loved classics to contemporary observations.

GLUE Louise Wallwein

30 Sep 2017, 1.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

A one-woman show mixing monologue, live art and a sound score. Glue tells the true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption.

BBC Writersroom

30 Sep 2017, 1.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Join the BBC Writersroom panel of Award-winning poets, Simon Armitage, Michael Symmons Roberts and Hannah Silva, as they discuss writing poetry versus drama.

Poetry Picnic: Poetry Take Away – Fred Voss     

30 Sep 2017, 1.30pm (free, unticketed)
Queens Gardens

An afternoon of fun for the family. Involving workshops and the poetry takeaway and a performance from Fred Voss.

Hull Rises

30 Sep 2017, 10am and 1pm (free, ticketed)
Hull School of Art and Design

In these bread-making and creative writing workshops led by poet John Wedgwood Clarke, we’ll explore what simple foodstuff can tell us about who we are.

Misguided Tour

30 Sep 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed)
Starts at Jubilee Church, ends at Kardomah 94

Richard Tyrone Jones, ‘ringmaster of spoken word’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, brings his infamous Misguided cultural tour to Hull: a city-centre walk featuring fun, facts, and frivolous fiction – but can you tell which is which?

Imtiaz Dharker: This Tide of Humber

30 Sep 2017, 3.15pm (free, ticketed)
30 Sep 2017, 4.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

JoinedUp Dance Company creates a new piece of contemporary dance inspired by Imtiaz Dharker’s poem, This Tide of Humber. The poem was commissioned specially for Contains Strong Language.

BBC Writersroom Top Tips       

30 Sep 2017, 3.15pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Ever wondered how to get noticed by the BBC? How to send your script and what happens when you do? How do they assess your work? What grabs them and what puts them off?

Orbita

30 Sep 2017, 4.30pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Orbita is a creative collective of Latvian poets writing in Russian whose works are dedicated to dialogue between various creative genres and cultures.

New Voices

30 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

This open mic event will feature the BBC Radio 3’s Verb New Voices Laura Potts, Sarah Sayeed and Kirsty Taylor.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: A Clockwork Orange

30 Sep 2017, 6.30pm (SOLD OUT)
Middleton Hall

In the year in which we celebrate the centenary of Anthony Burgess’ birth, BBC Radio Drama in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic, present a UK premiere of his cult novel A Clockwork Orange.

Isaiah Hull

30 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Inspired by poet Saul Williams, author Philip Larkin and classical Greek tragedies, the Old Trafford writer and spoken word artist Isaiah Hull is one of the Roundhouse and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Words First finalists.

Hull: A City of Poets In Its Own Words

30 Sep 2017, 8pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Be in the audience for a live Radio 4 broadcast. From Larkin and Stevie Smith to Andrew Marvell and Andrew Motion, from loved classics to contemporary observations.

Kate Tempest

30 Sep 2017, 8pm (tickets £25)
Hull Minster

Kate Tempest and her band will perform Let Them Eat Chaos in Hull Minster. With full support from her band, and a stunning backdrop, this will be an unmissable performance of her explosive second solo album.

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6 Music: Cerys Matthews

1 Oct 2017, 10am (free, ticketed)
Hull College

Cerys Matthews draws on her eclectic music tastes to bring you the best in spoken word and performance poetry.

Imtiaz Dharker

1 Oct 2017, 11am (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary-maker.

1st Editions Reading: Peter Didsbury      

1 Oct 2017, 11.30am (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Peter Didsbury will be undertaking a poetry reading from some of the British Library archive of first edition poetry books.

Pansy Boy and Louise Wallwein

1 Oct 2017, 12.15pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Pansy Boy is a creative extension of Paul Harfleet’s on-going artwork, The Pansy Project. He has been planting pansies at the site of homophobia since 2005.

Scratch Workshop

1 Oct 2017, 2pm (free, ticketed)
Hull Central Library

Scratch clubs are safe spaces where performance poets at any stage of their career can get together to try out new material and receive peer feedback.

Helen Mort and Michael Symmons Roberts       

1 Oct 2017, 2.30pm (free, unticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from Fenton Aldeburgh Prizewinner Helen Mort and Whitbread Poetry Award winner Michael Symmons Roberts.

Hull 17 Gala: Part 2

1 Oct 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed)
Hull College

This special event split over two nights is a Gala showcase of the work of the Hull‘17 Contains Strong Language poets.

Hannah Silva & Vicky Foster

1 Oct 2017, 4pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from Hannah Silva and Vicky Foster.

Matt Caley and Brendan Cleary

1 Oct 2017, 5.30pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from acclaimed poets Brendan Cleary and Matthew Caley.

Roger McGough, Brian Patten & Little Machine

1 Oct 2017, 6pm (tickets £20)
Middleton Hall

As part of Larkin Reflections, Roger and Brian’s new show with Walter, Steve and Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems set to music.

William Letford & Fred Voss

1 Oct 2017, 7pm (free, ticketed)
Kardomah 94

Readings from Fred Voss and William Letford.

The Unthanks

1 Oct 2017, 8.30pm (tickets £25)
Jubilee Church

Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, an audio visual work featuring live performance by The Unthanks, film footage of Molly Drake, a set depicting her living room in abstract fashion, and spoken word pre-recorded by Molly’s daughter, actress Gabrielle Drake.

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