A four-day festival from 22 – 25 Sept celebrating the best of contemporary British SONGWRITERS… the SONGS that made us laugh, dance, cry and sing along … Four great songwriters talk about their work, outlook and influences at Hull Central Library in conversation with Russ Litten.

Like many others, I got into poetry through song lyrics. From that moment, great song writing has always excited me as much as great literature. Lyricull is the first of what we hope will be many festivals celebrating the art of song writing. Shane Rhodes Festival Organiser – Wrecking Ball Press

lyricull-website-5_01Jason Williamson. 22nd September. Sleaford Mods are the antidote to the anodyne in contemporary pop culture.
Jason Williamson provides an unflinching commentary on 21st century Britain. If you’re wondering where the protest songs have all gone, they are right here. Rants about unemployment, modern working life, celebrity culture and capitalism are the order of the day. Jason will be talking about all of this and more. Buy Ticket.

lyricull-website-2_05Shaun Ryder. 23rd September. A lynchpin of the late 80’s/90s Manchester scene, Shaun’s lyrics have been lauded for their wit and social commentary. Dubbed the Bard of Salford, Shaun Ryder is a renaissance man. Lyricist for Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun is also a successful actor, journalist and something of a national treasure. Buy Ticket.


lyricull-website-5_03Viv Albertine. 24th September. Songwriter and musician, Viv Albertine is punk royalty. Guitarist with the pioneering female punk band The Slits, she hung out with The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Her memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys lifts the lid on that era. She has since had a successful career in TV and Film production. In 2012 she released her first solo album The Vermillion Border to great acclaim. Buy Ticket.

paulinePauline Black. 25th September. Pauline Black is a founder member of Ska band The Selecter who had hits like On My Radio, Three Minute Hero and Missing Words. Stylish and sassy, fronting an all male band, she was a role model for young women in the 70s and 80s. Her profile has remained high with acclaimed acting performances and her memoir Black By Design. Buy Ticket.



Michael Head. 25th September. Front man of the Pale Fountains, Shack, The Strands and The Red Elastic Band, Michael Head is, for many, Britain’s greatest songwriter. His achingly gorgeous songs of love, loss and longing echo such luminaries as The Beatles, Love, Burt Bacharach and Nick Drake. Hailed by Noel Gallagher as a “lost genius”, Michael will be performing acoustic versions of songs from across his career as a fitting climax to our first ever Lyricull Festival. Buy Ticket.




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