Introduction

Shane RhodesArtistic Director

This year’s Humber Mouth Festival is truly special and unique. Not only does it take place in Hull’s City of Culture year and follow on from the prestigious Contains Strong Language Festival, but Humber Mouth is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Reflecting on a quarter of a century of literature festivals, I found myself thinking what an achievement it has been for the city. Congratulations and thanks are due to those who had the foresight and determination to give Hull the festival it deserved. It is that same vision and tenacity which has enabled the City of Culture project to take root and flourish. It is a team effort and thanks must also go to Hull City Arts Unit, Hull City Council, The Arts Council, all the contributors and volunteers, the writers and their agents  who have all made the festival happen every year. And, of course, thanks to the audience who have supported The Humber Mouth.

The Humber Mouth is now an integral feature of the city’s cultural calendar and it is a real privilege to be its current artistic director. I have always seen my role as a creative one and it has been my aim each year to present a diverse and distinctive programme which is both stimulating and accessible and not just giving a platform to writers doing the rounds flogging new titles. This year is no exception and when you browse through these pages I trust you will agree. I hope you will enjoy this year’s offer and that the writers coming to Hull will experience the renewed pride we have in our city and see what makes The Humber Mouth Festival unique.

Onwards and upwards.

…… and I will leave the final words to the festival’s first artistic director.

“Delighted that this wonderful Festival has lasted and blossomed over 25 years since John Osborne and I founded it in 1992. 1992 – the 350 anniversary of Hull’s refusal to Charles 1, 1992 – the multiple anniversary of poets resident in Hull including Stevie Smith, Philip Larkin, Douglas Dunn, Andrew Motion and Sean O’ Brien, 1992 – the arrival of the Single European Market with Hull Gateway to Europe! Congratulations and here’s to the next 25! Cheers”.

David Porterfounder director Hull Literature Festival 1992 – 1999