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05/11/2013 11:30:07

Hull poems boost City of Culture bid

A booklet of creative writing marking Hull's bid to be named 2017 UK City of Culture has been launched.

10 Miles East Of England contains poems and prose about subjects ranging from the city's docks to Hull Fair.

Its launch comes days before judges hear a pitch from a panel at Hull's City of Culture bid team on why the city should win the 2017 title.

Independent publisher Wrecking Ball Press, based in Hull, chose 20 entries from dozens for the writing competition, having sought work based around the themes Roots and Routes, Made in Hull, Freedom and Quirky.

The booklet is being given away across the city, with entries including Ian Parks' The Land Of Green Ginger, which takes a look at the essence of Hull, and Graham Hamilton's look at Hull Fair and its position in his childhood.

Shane Rhodes of Wrecking Ball Press said: "The main criteria was the work should reflect the unique qualities of the city and its people. The book is full of warmth, humour, earthiness, nostalgia and occasional otherworldliness and the rich language of Hull echoes throughout."

Hull is up against Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay for the title of UK City of Culture 2017.

Each city presents its case to judges on November 14, before a winner is announced on November 20.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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