Remember the poem that opened our Hull 2017 celebrations? Well, it’s now available in a gorgeous, beautifully bound, limited edition book.
The book has been printed on high-quality paper donated by internationally renowned Hull paper merchants G. F Smith – which just helped host the incredible Paper City exhibition in Hull’s Fruit Market.
The books go on sale from Monday 10 July at local libraries, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums and the Hull City Hall Box Office.
Written by Hull poet and editor of Wrecking Ball Press Shane Rhodes, The City Speaks is a reflection on Hull’s history and its people. If you’re passing by Queen Victoria Square, you’ll see the poem engraved on the floor next to the newly fitted (popular) fountains.
I was born and raised in Hull and, although I have lived in different places, I have always come back to the city. Those who have read or heard The City Speaks poem have told me how much it has moved them and made them feel proud of their roots.
“We wanted a book which would embody the best of Hull. Creating the poem became a journey of discovery which has enabled us to produce something that celebrates the beauty of the printed word,” says Shane.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, said: “This poem has a great deal of meaning, resonating with many of us across the city, bringing a sense of pride. We hope many people will purchase this special book from our libraries, museums and art gallery.”