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Humber Mouth literature festival announces first events

Hull’s premier literature festival has revealed its first events for 2020.

Curated and hosted by Jennifer Hodgson, Humber Mouth’s reader-in-residence, these events for readers and writers will welcome some of the country’s best and most important contemporary writers to Hull.

All events are free and will take place at Hull Central Library’s stunning James Reckitt Room.

Unesco World Poetry Day: Nisha Ramayya
Saturday 21 March

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love, a “modern mystical journey through love”, is published by Ignota Books and has been hailed as “urgent and lyrical” by the New Statesman. She is a member of the Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

Unesco World Poetry Day: Workshop for poets with Nisha Ramayya
Saturday 21 March

Places for this afternoon workshop for poets are limited and must be booked in advance here.

Deborah Levy
Friday 3 April

Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels, including Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice and the Goldsmiths Prize twice. Deborah Levy is also the author of an acclaimed series of living autobiographies, Things I Don’t Want To Know and The Cost of Living. The final volume of this series, Real Estate, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2021.

Isabel Waidner
Thursday 21 May

Isabel Waidner is a critical theorist and writer of the novel We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff (2019), which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and is currently longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Waidner is a co-founder of the event series Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and an academic at Roehampton University in London.

Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “It’s great to see Humber Mouth continues to attract first class writers to the city and I expect these events will be as busy as ever. I look forward to seeing further announcements for this great event over spring and the summer.”

Find out more here, follow @humbermouth on Twitter or Humber Mouth Literature Festival on Facebook.

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