Contains Strong Language Programme Reveal – Part 3

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.

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 and 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?


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.