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One Hull of a weekend: the return of Contains Strong Language

More than 30 events in venues around the 2017 City of Culture… dazzling sets from The Hull 18, our 18 featured poets... live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio… and so much more. It can only be the return of Contains Strong Language – the UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing. Here are some highlights.

2018 Highlights video - Part 1

The Best of CSL 2018 - part 1

The Best of CSL 2018 - part 1

Making beautiful music

There were live broadcasts and recordings from The Verb on Radio 3, Front Row on Radio 4 and BBC Radio Humberside came live from Contains Strong Language with the Kofi Smiles Show and BBC Music Introducing. Lots of musical treats, from Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals to a Leonard Cohen tribute feature an array of talents.

Leonard Cohen Is My Spirit Guide - at Jubilee Church, Hull

Making tasty music

Young Identity and Nabb Gang - One Mic Stand

Brand new comic drama - I Told You I Was Ill

In the centenary of his birth, I Told You I Was Ill is a tribute to comedy legend Spike Milligan. The comedic and dramatic talents of Jessica Hynes, Mark Heap, Toby Hadoke, John Hegley and others came together to produce three short plays in homage to Spike - recorded in front of a live audience at Hull University's Middleton Hall. The show was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 7 October and is available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer.

I Told You I Was Ill - a tribute to Spike Milligan

What would Spike Millgan make of this?

copyright: Tom Arran

Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War

Unwritten Poems

Caribbean Poets after the First World War

Still - JoinedUp Dance and Simon Armitage

The Poetry in Film - Jackie Kay and Matthew Kay

First times, feeling inspired and falling in love with poetry

Ellen Brammar - First Story Showcase

It's good to be strange

"Thank you, CSL"

Feeling honoured

"See you again soon, Hull!"

Highlights from BBC Radio