Writing Hull

By Chris Westoby et al

Category: Nonfiction

Formats available: Paperback, Ebook

Pages: 178

Publication date: 18/11/13

ISBN-13: 9780956336491


Sixteen writers stepped out into Hull and the surrounding region, and here are the true-life stories they found.

They chased history and ghosts; walked into fires and braved high seas; they discovered the tales of survivors and rescuers; they walked the streets of the city and out to where birds hold sway. Some stories are raked from memory and brought back to vivid life. Where do they take you?

North to Scarborough for the origin of Boyes Department Store. Across the Humber to Barton and out to the sea at Spurn Point. We find history in the streets of Cottingham, the Avenues, and the City Centre before tracing the city’s very foundations. Up in the Wolds, we recollect wartime bombings. Take tea in the Station Hotel and then trip up the stairs of Madame Clapham’s fashion palace (now the Kingston Theatre Hotel) for a fitting.

As the broad skies of East Yorkshire turn to the night-time of Hull Fair, let these brave stories collect inside you.

All writers are graduates of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Hull.

Chris Westoby

Chris Westoby obtained a BA in English and Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Writing, and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is now Programme Director of the Hull Online Creative Writing MA. He lectures in Creative Writing, guest lectures in subjects of mental health, teaches reflective writing to Mental Health Nursing Students, and runs cross-faculty writing workshops. He works in research, collecting the stories of others. Chris was born and raised in Barton, on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber, where he still …

Brian W. Lavery

Brian W Lavery spent 25 years in various senior roles in journalism before undertaking a first-class joint honours degree (English and Creative Writing) and a doctorate in creative writing at Hull. His prose includes the books The Luckiest Thirteen (2017) and The Headscarf Revolutionaries (2015), the latter of which gave rise to the song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs written by radical musician Reg Meuross with which Brian toured the UK, backed by Arts Council (England).  The Headscarf Revolutionaries was also featured in the BBC4 documentary, Hull’s Headscarf Heroes (2018) and has been highlighted in two Radio 4 documentaries and two programmes …