Hull Literature Festival 2001 8th - 18th November
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Throughout the festival
Installation in St.Mary's Churchyard, Lowgate

'Sacred Text' by John Clarke

Sacred Text For the duration of the Humber Mouth festival, a large cobweb of blood-red string and words will be woven around St.Mary's churchyard in the old town of Hull. This installation will connect the history of the churchyard with contemporary ways of public mourning and remembering.

Sacred Text is a collective elegy dedicated to the memory of all those who have left our lives, for whatever reason. How do we find the right words to share our memories without compromising them? This is the question Sacred Text may begin to answer through the responses and contributions visitors will be encouraged to add to its threads.

Sacred Text has been devised by John Clarke. He is a writer, reader and has been part-time lecturer in the English Department at the University of York. He has recently been Reader in Residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival.
John can be contacted via his e-mail: [email protected]

'Sacred Text' - Workshops

Two writing workshops with John Clarke, titled 'Missing People', will be held in St.Mary's Church, 2pm - 4pm on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th November. Free of charge. To book a place please contact the Festival Office tel (01482) 616876,
or use the festival e-mail: [email protected]

This work has been funded by Yorkshire Arts.

From Wed 14th - Fri 16th Nov FREE
Opening Times 2.00pm - 8.00pm
RED Gallery, Osborne Street
With a Live Performance on Friday November 16th at 7.30pm

Electroacoustic Soundscape
by Philip Codd

PHORM A challenges the line between music and speech. It surrounds the visitor as a soundscape created from the spoken word, a short poem by Hull based poet Ben Woodling.

Involving both music and words in a seamless whole, the piece shows the metamorphosis from the instantly recognisable human voice to abstract musical phrases and sonic events.

Philip Codd lives in Hull and is currently studying electroacoustic composition in Huddersfield. He has written music for orchestras, bands, film, video, dance and theatre.
For more information contact Philip on [email protected] or ring the festival office tel: (01482) 616876

Throughout the Festival
Take 5 Café, Central Library

'Fishing Stories'
an exhibition of photography and text by Isaac Acheampong

Fishing Stories explores the theme of fishing and fishing communities in different cultural contexts, featuring photographs and text from Hull and Elmina. The fishing town of Elmina in Ghana is the site of the first and biggest slave fort built by Europeans.

Isaac Acheampong was born in Ghana and is currently studying at the Hull School of Architecture. The project was made possible with funding from the Millennium Commission's ON THE LINE Award (founded and adminstered by Oxfam). ON THE LINE is based on the idea of linking countries which lie along the Greenwich Meridian Line.

29th September - 25th November
Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square Library

A radical look at the evolution in contemporary printmaking

In this major exhibition In-Print will record and show recent changes in outlook and ideas by over thirty artists.

These artists are: Conrad Atkinson, Anthony Naren Barfied , Chila Kumari Burman, Paul Coldwell, Max Davison, Robert Dawson, Eric Great-Rex, Roberto Gonzales Fernandez, Sue Gollifer, Richard Hamilton, Mark Hampson, David Hockney, Stephen Hoskins, Albert Irvin, Friedhard Keikeben, Ken Kiff, Bruce McLean, Denis Masi, Graziano Milano, Henry Moore, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Jacki Parry, Jim Pattison, Kathy Prendergast, Hedley Roberts, Elaine Shemilt, Agathe Sorel, Emma Stibbon and Stella Whalley

An artists book element has been curated by Sarah Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England incorporating works by fifteen artists

In-Print is an exhibition by Quay Art in partnership with Ferens Art Gallery.
For further details please e-mail: [email protected]

November 10th - 30th
Exhibition in the Foyer of the Live Art Space, Ferens Art Gallery

'Word Power'
Something New, Something Different

An exhibition of writing that simply won't stay on the page - an explosion of words created by children and young people from the Specialist Children's Services of Hull and East Riding Community NHS Trust in collaboration with Julie Ward, Writer in Residence.

There are words in boxes, words of fabric, words painted onto furniture, there are even word hanging from the ceiling! Come and experience the power of words to thrill and excite, to uplift and energise, to move and tell stories and, best of all, to give a new voice to children and young people with something important to say.

There will be a 'Word Power' Workshop with Julie Ward on Saturday 17th November 2.30pm - 5.00pm in the Ferens Gallery Live Art Space. To book a place contact Elaine Burke, Arts in Health Development Manager on tel (01482) 617821 (Mo - Fri, 9.00am - 5.00pm)

Throughout the festival, Open 8.30am - 5.30pm Mo - Fri
Exhibition at the Children's Centre, Walker Street, (01482) 221261
Graham Denton can be contacted on (01430) 421903

'All around the Playground'

An exhibition of work by husband and wife, Graham and Dianna Denton. Featuring photographs and rhymes 'All around the Playground' aims to highlight just why today's school playgrounds are still the hotbeds of children's imaginations, as they ever were.

From November 8th during library opening hours
Displays at the Childrens Library, Hull Central
For further information contact (01482) 210099

'The Poetree' & 'Fire-Words'

'The Poetree' & 'Fire-Words'

Come and see what's growing in the Poetree. Add a poem of your own and help it bloom throughout the festival.

Or why not watch the Fire-Words - see Catherine Wheels whizzing, Rockets zoom, Roman Candles fizz and boom!

Two exciting new displays at the Children's Library, created by Jayne Cooper from an idea by Graham Denton.

Throughout the festival
All Hull City Libraries

Random Stories
CD-Rom Storytelling by Paul Slater

Made with the help of children who attend the Children's Library, 'Random Stories' involves the creation of a computer based video storytelling presentation, where the user is encouraged to choose the direction of the story. 'Random Stories' will be installed in libraries throughout Hull during the festival and is aimed at under 12's.

'Random Stories' is a collaboration between Sea Productions & Animation and the Children's Library. Specially commissioned for the Humber Mouth.

FREE Newspaper
For further information contact the Festival Office 01482 616876 or contact the editors by e-mail: [email protected]

River Hull Newspaper

Artists Harry Palmer and Paul Burwell have produced a free tabloid format newspaper, concerning itself with creative activity focussed on the river Hull, its environ and the significance of rivers in general. With contributions from artists and creative writers from Hull and from around the UK.

Some 14,000 copies of the River Hull Newspaper will be available throughout the city at festival venues, art centres, the festival bookstall, and from the City Information Service at Hull Central Library.

Working in association with Hull River Projects and Hull Time Based Arts RiverCommissions programme, supported by Hull Cityvision Ltd.

Throughout the festival Video shown at various festival venue

'Video Stories'

Everyone has a story to tell. Working on a story, thinking about it, crafting the sentences and the paragraphs can turn into something other people will want to hear. Eleven to fourteen year old pupils from many of Hull's secondary schools have been working on their stories. On 'Video Stories' you will see a selection of the funniest, most original, most dramatic.

Come and listen to a new generation of Hull writers.

During the festival 'Video Stories' will be shown at some of the festival venues, including the Take 5 Caf´┐Ż and Hull Truck Theatre, and on the Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

From Nov 9th - 17th
Short film shown at Hull Screen


'speakinhull' We have all overheard snippets of other people's conversations, perhaps while we are standing in a queue at the supermarket or sitting on a bus. And we may have become intrigued by what we have heard. 'speakinhull' is about those moments, when parts of conversations take on a life of their own.

A short film by locally based filmmaker David Priestman.

'speakinhull' will be shown at the Hull Screen from Friday Nov 9th to including Saturday Nov 17th (it will not be shown on Thursday Nov 15th or before the Kids Film on Saturdays).

illegal media

Illegal Media Magazine celebrates its first year of low budget life, with an edition published for The Humber Mouth. Launched at Quay Art in Hull last year, the fanzine has also been distributed in London and Norway. The magazine is an eclectic collection of essays, fiction & artworks, edited by Philip Barnes, M.Dearing & Robert Cary.

Potential contributors and for any enquiries please contact: [email protected]

Issues will be available at 50p per copy on the festival bookstall at Hull Truck events and through the Festival Office at Hull Central Library, tel: 616876.