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BBC Contains Strong Language

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The UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing returns to Hull in 2019. Bringing over 40 events to the city over 3 days, leading poets and world class spoken word artists will take to the stage alongside brand new voices.


Contains Strong Language welcomes 19 poets – the Hull 19 – along with artists, local, national and international to join in this celebration of poetry and spoken word. 


The special alchemy which makes a great festival combines artistic talent, brand new commissions, world premieres and appreciative audiences. 


Tickets for free events are available from Hull Truck Theatre at


Contains Strong Language is the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival, with coverage on national and local radio and TV. It is a partnership between the BBC, Wrecking Ball Press, Arts Council England, the British Council and the Makassar International Writers Festival.


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