Hull Literature Festival 2004 
 the humber mouth  19th June - 4th July 2004

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Festival Critic

Friday 2nd July
Zoo & Logical Times

Friday 2nd July
Increpacion Danza: Tablao

Thursday 1st July
Ruth Padel: The Soho Leopard

Tuesday 29th June
Hijinx Theatre: Into My Own

Monday 28th June
Soulskin presented by Red Ladder
Review by Toni

Sunday 27th June
Richard Vergette: An Englishman's Home

Sunday 27th June
Tim Hunkin: Illegal Engineering

Saturday 26th June
Straw Dogs: John Gray's Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
Review by Toni

Saturday 26th June
Brian Patten: Gargling With Jelly

Friday 25th June
The Audience: The Worst Seat in the House

Wednesday 23rd June
Simon Crump: My Elvis Blackout

Monday 21st June
Geoff Dyer: Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It



Saturday 26th June 2004
A review of Straw Dogs
By John Grey

Hull Truck Theatre

John Gray's talk at the Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 26th June 2004 provided an insight into an older generation's opinions about modern affairs, focusing on the rapid development of science, and the lack of development of humans.

The talk was compelling, yet surprisingly appeared unplanned. This helped the audience to feel they could relate to the author, as it felt like he was talking one to one with each member of the audience.

The subjects Gray focused on were often history-based, preventing many people without that knowledge to fully understand essential points made.

As a young person I found the talk hard going, but was able to understand some of the points made, with studying History GCSE for two years. Gray would often side track, leaving a sentence unfinished and a point missed. Gray's talk went round in cycles, repeating the same opinions but in a different format. However, I believe the main target audience was adults with an intelligential ability to understand where Gray was coming from. The talk would suit students who are studying history, or older people with knowledge of the effect events they may have experienced had on humans.

Overall I found the talk thought provoking, but the talk went on a bit longer than needed. However, I would recommend going to the talk a couple of times so you can get all the points made by Gray.

Toni (16)

Dave Windass
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