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Humber Mouth Literature Festival

Humber Mouth Literature Festival

The Humber Mouth Literature Festival has always sought to be different, in the way it presents literature and Hull to the world. 2017 marks its 25th anniversary presenting seven further days of poetry and other literature performances as follows.

On This Day, In This Place: Electric Angel 2-8 Oct 2017, TBC (free, unticketed) Venue to be confirmed On this day, In This Place seeks to use memories and maps to collate 10 stories from the local community that are rooted in the locale and place them, via temporary artworks, back in the places from where the stories came.

How Was Your Day?

2-8 Oct 2017, Hull Central Library opening times (free, unticketed) Hull Central Library Young people in Hull and Sierra Leone have documented their lives by taking a picture and writing a sentence for every 15 minutes of a single day.

Wilde Without The Boy 2 Oct 2017, 7.30pm (tickets £4-£5) Hull Central Library Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatisation of “De Profundis”, Oscar Wilde’s searing letter to his lover, written from Reading Gaol.

Monica Ali: Whose Story is This? 3 Oct 2017, 8pm (tickets £5-£7) Hull Central Library Who does a story belong to? Should writers be concerned about ‘cultural appropriation’? Should they stick to the old adage, ‘write what you know’? Is authenticity important or irrelevant? Monica Ali delivers a brief talk that explores these issues.

Hull to Iceland and Back: A Voyage in Music, Poetry and Paint 4 Oct 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library Cliff Forshaw has collaborated with synasthetic composer Deborah Pritchard and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais to celebrate the twin ‘Voyage’ statues created by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir.

Melvyn Bragg 4 Oct 2017, 4pm (tickets £8-£10) Hull Central Library Melvyn Bragg’s broadcasting career began at the BBC in 1961 and soon afterwards he published his first novel. He has since expanded his range, presenting arts and science programmes and marshalling discussion shows on BBC Radio, and writing non-fiction books, and several award-winning novels.

A Day In The Life Of Ted Lewis 5 & 6 Oct 2017, various times (free, paid for and ticketed events) Various locations Four events to celebrate Ted Lewis, Hull and Lincolnshire novelist, graphic artist and jazz musician.

How We Feel Now 5 Oct 2017, 6pm (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library An exploration of the state of our times and life in Hull by artists, writers and commentators.

Kathryn Williams and Laura Barnett 5 Oct 2017, 8pm (tickets £4-£5) Hull Central Library Acclaimed artists Laura Barnett, and Kathryn Williams on their collaborative project; novel Greatest Hits and album Songs From The Novel Greatest Hits. Greatest Hits tells the story of Cass Williams, a fictional singer who enjoyed huge success from the early 70s, only to retire mysteriously at the height of her fame.

Sara Pascoe 6 Oct 2017, 8pm (tickets £8-£10) Hull Central Library Here to talk about her first book Animal.

Leigh Hodgkinson 7 Oct 2017, 10.30am (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library Leigh Hodgkinson writes and illustrates books for children. Her books have been translated into oodles of different languages around the world and have even won some awards too.

Jarvis 7 Oct 2017, 12pm (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library Once upon a time, a guy decided to become a picture book maker. He tried really hard and even learnt how to do colouring in. And after meeting a whole load of really amazing characters he got to make some books.

Alex Wheatle: Young Adult Writing Workshop 7 Oct 2017, 2.30pm (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his 2016 book Crongton Knights will run a writing workshop for teenagers aged 14-18.

One World 7 Oct 2017, 3.30pm and 4.30pm (free, unticketed) Hull Central Library One World is a theatrically inspired musical show conceived and composed by award winning composer, Helen Yeomans. It explores the idea that the human race currently stands at a crossroads in its evolution.

Sally Gardner 7 Oct 2017, 4pm (tickets £4-£5) Hull Central Library Sally Gardner is a multi-award-winning novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty-two languages.

Alex Wheatle: In Conversation 7 October 2017, 6pm (tickets £4-£5) Hull Central Library Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels, some of them set in Brixton, where he grew up. Born in London of Jamaican parents, his first book, Brixton Rock (1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton.

Lexi, or Electra Retold  7 Oct 2017, 7pm (tickets: pay what you can) University of Hull Featuring singer-songwriter and beatboxing champion Grace Savage, Lexi is a one-woman show bringing together beatboxing and music in a modern retelling of the Greek story Elektra.

Pamela Robertson Pearce and Neil Astley 7 Oct 2017, 8pm (tickets £4-£5) Hull Central Library Award-winning filmmaker Pamela Robertson-Pearce and Bloodaxe Books editor Neil Astley, appear to talk about In Person: World Poets, an international collaboration and a sequel to In Person: 30 Poets (2008), the world’s first poetry DVD-anthology.

Hands On! 8 Oct 2017, 12pm (free, unticketed) Hull Central Library Join our scientists from the University of Hull for an afternoon filled with fun and take part in exciting drop-in activities: surprising science experiments, arts and crafts.

Looking for H 8 Oct 2017, 3.30pm (free, ticketed) Hull Central Library Four Hull stories: people you want to meet, people you don’t want to see, people you miss – writers and film-makers from the Writing Squad’s Project H weave film out of the city’s Pride celebrations, a night out, the Old Town, our waterfront.

The Evolution of Science Writing 8 Oct 2017, 5pm (tickets £5-£7) Hull Central Library Join our exciting panel of past prize winners and judges as they discuss the evolution of science writing over the past thirty years, and how it could evolve over the next thirty.

Will Self 8 Oct 2017, 7.30pm (tickets £8-£10) Hull Central Library Here talking about his latest book; Phone, Will Self will also present a never before heard, commissioned piece; How Was Your Day?


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