Hit the Books at Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2016

 Every year Humber Mouth  taps into the public conscious, with events drawing huge crowds. This year the festival will host an exciting, talented and diverse selection of writers and wordsmiths, with leading authors coming to the city to talk about their work. None more so than Val McDermid, known as the Queen of Crime Fiction. Val will be joined by Mark Billingham – no slouch in the crime novel department – and our very own Nick Quantrill will be on hand to review the facts and examine all the evidence.


The Humber Mouth Launch event takes place Nov 4 at Hull Central Library and will feature a performance by the indefinable Harry Giles, shortlisted for best Debut Collection Forward Poetry Prize 2016, hailing from Orkney and Edinburgh they will beguile and bewilder with solo performance and participatory theatre.harry-giles


Boldly going… okay I’ll stop. Humber Mouth is very pleased to be marking Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, with a visit from Set Phasers to Stun author Markus Berkmann.berkmannmarcus


Russ Litten will be deep in conversation with the last of Bowie’s Spiders from Mars Woody Woodmansey. Sylvia Patterson, NME, the Face, Q Magazine, author of I’m Not with the Band, will be dropping in to discuss three decades of interviewing pop stars with Dave Windass. woody


MOBO award winner AKALA will be fusing hip-hop and Shakespeare to create unique sounds and fierce lyrical storytelling. There’s more of the bard in something called the Concrete Sonnet a performance by Dave Gawthorpe & Jay Moy.

More music culture with an extremely rare screening of cult film Days Like These which documents the 1986 Red Wedge tour, featuring Billy Bragg, Lloyd Cole, Communards, Junior, Phil Jupitus, Madness, Johnny Marr, Tom Robinson, Paul Weller encouraging young people to oust Thatcher from government ahead of the 1987 general election.

magnetic-northIf all that wasn’t enough there’ll be live music and performance from Tom McRae & Astrid Williamson and a special performance by The Magnetic North, a pre-cursor to the weekend long festival celebrating the creativity and cultural diversity of the North, presented by Substance during Hull 2017.

sarah-khanHull’s flagship literary event is proud to present Human Rights Activist Sara Khan and Woman’s Hour Top Ten Influencers of 2015. Twenty years fighting for equal rights within Muslim communities had led her to writing The Battle for British Islam where she talks about the radicalisation of young men and women and how the cycle of extremism can be broken.


witchesThe revolutionary power of the humble brew will be explored, by Hull artist Sarah Pennington, and a brew of the witchy variety, can be enjoyed by children aged 6 – 12 years at Witchy Tales and Fairy Fables at Western Library.

Looking to the wider world Humber Mouth welcomes a trio of Spanish writers and musicians to our city to share stories and songs about the Galician culture. Always politically aware, the literature festival will focus on Syria to discuss cultural resistance at Syria Speaks: Art and Culture From the Frontline.


With Readings, Conversations, Commissions, Performances and Workshops and more isn’t it time you hit the books with Humber Mouth Literature Festival this November?

Also appearing as part of Humber Mouth 4 – 14 November 2016:

Phil Redmond – Laura Barnett – Daniel Rachel – Andrew McMillan – Dean Wilson (Hull’s fourth best poet) Val Wood – Holly Watson and lots more besides

For event times/tickets and download the festival programme see: http://humbermouth.com

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