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The Verb from the Contains Strong Language Festival

Ian McMillan presents The Verb from Hull with Stuart Maconie, Vicky Foster and other guests taking part in the Contains Strong Language Festival.

In our final programme recorded in front of a studio audience at the Contains Strong Language Festival of poetry and Performance in Hull we are taking language journeys down river and to unloved and overlooked places.

Hull's very own Vicky Foster & The Broken Orchestra present excerpts from their collaboration, 'Fair Winds & Following Seas', commissioned by the Freedom Festival and Contains Strong Language. Using cutting-edge technology, the piece is a site-specific walk along Hull's overlooked River, The River Hull. Their audio piece, mixes poetry and soundscape, and is inspired by considering Hull's future as well as its past.

in 2016 Stuart Maconie followed in the footsteps of the Jarrow Marchers, who walked in 1936 from their home in Jarrow to London in order to present a petition to parliament asking for work. Stuart's book 'The Long Road from Jarrow' weaves the story of the Jarrow Marchers, with his own travelogue, and the tales of the people he meets along the way.

There's also music from song interpreter Camille O'Sullivan, who performs Nick Cave's 'Sad Waters', and explains why she feels such an affinity to his music - and why she couldn't perform them all, and poetry from Zena Edwards.

Presenter: Ian McMillan
Producer: Jessica Treen

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Vicky Foster and the Broken Orchestra

Vicky Foster and the Broken Orchestra
Poet Vicky Foster and Pat Dooner and Carl Conway-Davis from The Broken Orchestra have collaborated on 'Fair Winds and Following Seas', an interactive 'river walk' along Hull's lesser-celebrated river, the river hull. Vicky, Pat and Carl explain that they wanted to use the piece to celebrate the river's future as well as its industrial past.
Fair Winds and Following Seas was jointly commissioned by The Freedom Festival and Contains Strong LanguageĀ 

Zena Edwards

Zena Edwards
Poet Zena Edwards wants to use her work to focus the climate change conversation around issues of 'environmental justice', to campaign for the people most affected by climate issues. She reads '2027 Thinking About Babies', a poem that tries to reconcile our personal responsibilities and desires with global concerns.

Stuart Maconie

Stuart Maconie
In 2016 writer and broadcast Stuart Maconie walked in the footsteps of the Jarrow Marchers - the men who walked from Jarrow to London in 1936 to present their petition to parliament calling for work. Stuart explains how relatively little is known about the marchers, leading to many myths and questions about their journey.

Camille O'Sullivan

Camille O'Sullivan
Singer and song interpreter Camille O'Sullivan sings one of Nick Cave's lesser-known songs, Sad Waters. She explains how song-interpreting for her is a journey, and how each performance is different.
Camille will be touring Camille O'Sullivan sings Cave

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