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Thursday 22nd June

Thursday 22nd June, 12 - 4pm
Arc, 1 Blanket Row, Castle Street

How to Talk to Buildings
Free Launch Wednesday 21st June 7pm
01482 327 675

An exhibition of the work of ‘Freee Art Collective’ and the general public commissioned by arc for the Humber Mouth Literature Festival.

Contact arc to participate.
01482 327 675


Thursday 22nd June, 2pm - 4pm
Live Art Space, Ferens Art Gallery

Black Whalers
Free

A performance which embraces the journey of ex-slaves, the African sea captains of whaling ships, and the fight for emancipation and repatriation of Ouladah Equiano, one of the first black writers published in the UK during the time of William Wilberforce.

Musicians Fola Graff and Fosuwa Andoh from Sierra Leone commemorate the African sailors who participated in the whaling industry from Nantucket to Hull.



Al Alvarez

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Hull Central Library, Albion Street

Al Alvarez
Free

A legend to poets and poker players alike, Al Alvarez visits the Humber Mouth to talk about his new book, The Writer's Voice, which looks at what makes writers unique and what is meant by 'finding a voice'.

Al Alvarez is a poet, critic, novelist, sportsman, poker player, anthologist and the author of many acclaimed books of non-fiction, including the bestselling The Savage God: A Study of Suicide and the cult classic exposition of professional poker The Biggest Game in Town.

Born in London in 1929 he worked as poetry editor for the Observer and was at the centre of British literary life for years, introducing readers to many of the leading poets of the second half of the twentieth century. His influential Penguin anthology The New Poetry scandalised the literary community, not least with its insistence that 'Gentility' was holding back British poetry in the fifties.

'a meditation on profundity, the extraordinary process of reading, writing and reaching for art, the condition of mind that baffles more critics than any other' Ian Bell, Sunday Herald