We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded National Lottery funding by Arts Council England to look at and deliver new approaches to Humber Mouth, Hull’s literature festival. This year we are taking a break from the usual festival format to offer something new for writers and audiences in 2019 and into 2020. We hope that you will enjoy our new approach which will take the form of a series of special projects.

Our very own Reader-in-Residence will programme a series of readings and talks to bring a range of new writing talent into the city and will work in partnership with Hull Libraries.

A number of local writers’ residencies will offer opportunities for poets, literary prose writers, and graphic novelists to develop their work, and will be an open call application process.

An international writer residency in partnership with the University of Hull  will welcome new talent to the city and give them time to develop new work.

A Digital Writer-in-Residence will explore the possibilities of writing in a digital context and we are working with York Mediale on that project.


We’ll be announcing the programme over the coming months so make sure you keep an eye on the website and social media and subscribe to City Arts News.

The Humber Mouth Literature Festival has been produced by Hull City Council since 1992. It has formed a major part of our literature development programme since then. It works in partnership with other organisations to develop the Festival such as Hull Libraries and Wrecking Ball Press. We’ll be back with the festival format later in 2020.