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.
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.
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
Unwritten: Caribbean Poems 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