The Humber Mouth - Hull Literature Festival 2000 - Thursday 9th November - Sunday 19th November 2000

Wednesday 8th November 12 noon for 12.30pm Quality Royal Hotel, Ferensway
Tickets £22 from Browns Books 01482 325413
The 22nd Hull & East Riding Literary Luncheon

Richard Whiteley and Michael Hardcastle will be speaking and signing copies of their latest books in this year's final literary luncheon. Tickets include a glass of wine on arrival, a three course lunch and a £2 book discount voucher.

Patrons: Hull City Council Learning Services, Hutton Press, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Rixon Matthews Appleyard, Springfield Group, Margaret Dixon. Promoted by Mike Ullyatt Enterprises 01482 657200

Due to unforeseen circumstances Alan Titchmarsh is unable to be part of the Literary Luncheon. He will now be speaking at a Literary Dinner at the Quality Royal Hotel on Monday 6th November at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. If you wish to change your tickets please contact Browns Books for full details and special discount offers. The organisers apologise for the inconvenience.

Wednesday 8th November 7.00pm Waterstone's Books, Jameson Street 01482 580234
Critical Eye £4 (includes a glass of punch)
Classic Poems with Ian Parks

An evening spent listening to your favourite poems by Hardy, Shakespeare, Graves and others, read by Ian Parks. One of the Poetry Society's New Poets in 1996, Ian Parks was described by Poetry Review as '...the finest love poet of his generation'.

Wednesday 8th November 8.00pm Hull Central Lending Library
Critical Eye £3 (Conc £2) - Box Office (01482) 327600
A Thousand Years of Poetry:
'Sylvia Plath, The Mirror' with Gerard Benson

Gerard Benson Sylvia Plath's tragic suicide was an abrupt end to the headlong flight of a major poetic talent. Her complex and emotive poetry holds many levels of meaning and benefits from repeated reading. Gerard Benson will read a selection of her work and will explore beyond the mysterious 'mirror' which is Sylvia Plath's poetry. Gerard Benson was one of the ground-breaking Barrow Poets of the 1960's and 70's and was jointly responsible for the Poems on the Underground series in London. This event is part of a series which was first commissioned by Bradford Libraries to celebrate the work of some of the great English poets of the last thousand years.
For further information please ring Barry Ward, Hull Central Library (01482) 616809.

Critical Eye

Maggie Hannan is the festival's resident website critic. She will preview and review festival events, special commissions and festival publications.

Even before her appearance of her first collection Liar, Jones (Bloodaxe, 1995) Maggie Hannan had achieved wide recognition for her work. She won a Gregory Award in 1990. She has been Internet Writer in Residence at the University of Northumbria, edited books for Virago Press and written for BBC Radio. She currently works at Page One Books in Hull, organises the festival bookstall and is involved in the MindReader project, a collection of writing by the service users of Hull Mind to be launched on Nov 16th.

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