Hull, Chuck Palahnuik, City of Culture 2017.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Last Friday I braced all the trains to Hull for Humber Mouth literary festival with Chuck Palahnuik. I write this on the day that Hull was announced city of culture 2017, which is amazing. Whenever I tell people I went to University in Hull they squirm in the name it picked up for itself in previous years, but it is so much more than that. Every time I visit something has gotten bigger or better, more and more shops are coming to Hull whilst its avenues still remain independent and the heart of the city. So with this and countless arts projects bringing more and more to the city Hull is showing the world what is has to offer and Humber Mouth was one of those.

In all my life I never thought I would be witness to a famous Palahnuik reading of 'Guts' but I was and although I don't think anyone fainted someone in the balcony claimed they felt a bit whoosy. It was an amazing insight into Chuck's writing, structure and life but even more amazing to witness it at The University of Hull.

I wish I could have been in Hull for the whole festival but unless something miraculous happens, oh like handing my notice in tomorrow I don't think I will get another chance to visit until 2014.

I always said I didn't want to live in Hull after Uni but I love visiting and with the announcement of City of Culture 2017 a wave of articles hit of the amazing and interesting things to do in Hull. So to all those who squirm at thinking of visiting and to all those programs that have used it as a punch line. Go visit, you will soon change your mind.

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