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.
30 Sep 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed)
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.
30 Sep 2017, 8pm (free, ticketed)
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.
30 Sep 2017, 8pm (tickets £25)
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.
1 Oct 2017, 10am (free, ticketed)
Cerys Matthews draws on her eclectic music tastes to bring you the best in spoken word and performance poetry.
1 Oct 2017, 11am (free, ticketed)
Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary-maker.
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.
1 Oct 2017, 12.15pm (free, ticketed)
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.
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.
1 Oct 2017, 2.30pm (free, unticketed)
Readings from Fenton Aldeburgh Prizewinner Helen Mort and Whitbread Poetry Award winner Michael Symmons Roberts.
1 Oct 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed)
This special event split over two nights is a Gala showcase of the work of the Hull‘17 Contains Strong Language poets.
1 Oct 2017, 4pm (free, ticketed)
Readings from Hannah Silva and Vicky Foster.
1 Oct 2017, 5.30pm (free, ticketed)
Readings from acclaimed poets Brendan Cleary and Matthew Caley.
1 Oct 2017, 6pm (tickets £20)
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.
1 Oct 2017, 7pm (free, ticketed)
Readings from Fred Voss and William Letford.
1 Oct 2017, 8.30pm (tickets £25)
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.