Contains Strong Language Programme Reveal – Part 4

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.

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.

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.