Humber Mouth is committed to creating opportunities for local writers. As part of our programme for 2021 we are pleased to announce projects that commission and showcase work from writers with a strong connection to Hull. Listen again to four writers commissioned for our project with BBC Radio Humberside in Spring 2021, and enjoy the micro-commissions from four more local writers published online this summer.
Humber Mouth micro-commissions
July & August 2021
We had so many great applications for the BBC Radio Humberside project earlier in the year that we selected four additional Hull writers from the shortlist and asked them to submit work in a format of their choice.
Thursday 22 July 2021
Andrew Hodgson is author of the novels Reperfusion (2012) and Mnemic Symbols (2019), and the monograph The Post-War Experimental Novel (2019). He is editor of the experimental writing collections Paris (2019) and Praxis (2021). He has presented creative and critical work and participated in art exhibitions in France, UK, Ireland, US, Czechia, and Austria. He is Lecturer in French and Cultural Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris.
A Love Letter to Hull
Thursday 29 July 2021
Jay Mitra (they/them) is a non-binary punk poet, artist, and music journalist, based in Hull/Manchester. Born in India but raised in Yorkshire, they have spent their life merging two cultures into one five-foot body. A founding member of Hull’s poetry collective No Larkin About, and a freelance music journalist and English tutor. Their poetry has been published in Acumen Poetry, Soundsphere Magazine, PUSH Magazine, Survivor Zine, Streetcake Magazine and also featured in Human Appeal’s Stories of Her Sisters poetry anthology. They have performed in numerous slams and been runner up in Halifax’s Spoken Weird poetry slam. They performed in BBC’s Contains Strong Language, Freedom Festival, Awareness Festival and have had solo work commissioned by Leeds LGBT+ Lit Fest, Middle Child Theatre and Creative Hull.
Three poems: Fox, The Pheasant, The Kestrel
Thursday 5 August
Michael Good is a primary school teacher who lives in Hull. In 2017, he was part of a collection of four schools who, as part of Hull City of Culture, spearheaded the theme for National Poetry Day on ‘Freedom.’ and read with local writers, and established poets Sophie Herxheimer, Chris McCabe, Kate Fox, Joseph Coelho and Shazea Quarishi. He has hosted Open Mic nights in Hull and has poems published in The Canon’s Mouth and Carillion.
Thursday 12 August
Lousie Beech’s debut novel, How to be Brave was selected as Readers’ pick in The Guardian in 2015 and top ten bestseller on Amazon UK. Maria in the Moon was described as ‘quirky, darkly comic and heartfelt’ by the Sunday Mirror; The Lion Tamer Who Lost shortlisted for the Popular Romantic Novel of 2019 at the RNA Awards and longlisted for the Polari Prize 2019; Call Me Star Girl longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was Best magazine’s Best Book of the Year 2019; and I Am Dust was a Crime Magazine Monthly Pick. This Is How We Are Human is out now. She is part of the Hull-based Women of Words collective.
Thanks to Phil White, Evening Producer, BBC Radio Humberside.