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The UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing returns to Hull. Bringing over 30 events to the city over three days, leading poets and world class spoken word artists will take to the stage.


Contains Strong Language builds on the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival and Hull welcomes 18 poets – the Hull 18 – 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. Contains Strong Language was originally planned to return in 2019, but the interest and excitement generated last year forced a re-think. We couldn’t wait to do it again!

In returning to Hull, Contains Strong Language provides important continuity and legacy from UK City of Culture 2017. Hull's reputation as a vibrant creative and innovative city – a poetry city - continues to grow.

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, Absolutely Cultured, 14-18 NOW and the British Council.

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