Humber Mouth Literature Festival, 6-16 November 2015

Special Commission Announcement

The Humber Mouth Literature Festival was founded in 1992 and has always sought to to be different in the way that it presents literature and Hull, to the world. This year’s Humber Mouth Literature Festival will have the overarching theme  'Ten Miles East of England'.  Drawing inspiration from the writers and poets associated with the city.  Humber Mouth 2015 will embody the city’s uniqueness, independence and pioneering spirit, and hold true to its distinctive character as a place and a festival with a unique character with plenty to say for itself.

As we move towards the UK City of Culture 2017, the Festival will reflect on the spirit and character of Hull and its people, and through a series of special commissions, invites writers, poets and artists to help us celebrate this special place.

We are looking for unique, forward looking contributions which encapsulate an honesty and straightforwardness of approach. We want work that engages with an audience but is not afraid to challenge, that speaks loudly but can also listen and respond.

The Humber Mouth invites applications from writers and artists in all media for Special Commissions, of up to £1,000 supporting new literature based work in any of the following -

  • Poetry or prose writing  
  • Performance
  • Workshops
  • Text-based multimedia artworks
  • Serialisations
  • Digital Innovation
  • Cross-arts events (music, film etc which recognise the festival’s focus on text or language)
  • New forms of publication or distribution
  • Exhibitions

We are looking for original and exciting ideas and welcome proposals from individuals or groups.  All Special Commissions are to take place during the Humber Mouth 2015 (Friday 6 November –Monday 16 November) in the city of Hull.  We are looking for at least 30% of this activity to take place outside of the city centre and HU5 area.

Visit the archives to find out more about last year's commisions

Please note -

Preference will be given to projects which make reference to the theme - 'Ten Miles East of England' and embody the spirit of the Festival as outlined above.  It should have intrinsic literary or artistic value.

We would also encourage consideration of the following -

Demonstrate the intention to increase participation in literature or text based work  within the community.

Fulfill a developmental or educational role.

Take place as a residency in the children’s sections of local libraries

Applications must be typed and must include -

  • Your name, address, email and/or contact number.
  • A title and description of the event, project or programme of work you are proposing, the name of the lead individual or organisation involved, plus proposed dates and venue if known.
  • A description of the intended audience or participants.  If your idea involves an educational or training element please specify the intended learning outcomes for participants.
  • A full budget (including all fees, hires, materials etc) and details of the amount you are applying for.  Please note we cannot fund the purchase of capital items
  • A brief description of your proposal to be used for publicity purposes which must be no more than 100 words.

 Applications may be submitted by post to

Humber Mouth 2015
City Arts Unit
Pacific Exchange
40 High Street

Or by email to

Please note - Humber Mouth operates an Equalities Policy and eligibility for funding depends upon being able to demonstrate a clear commitment against all forms of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, gender or disability.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 24 July 2015

Further enquiries to
Phone 01482 300 300

Contact us

Humber Mouth 2015
City Arts Unit
Pacific Exchange
40 High Street

Tel: 01482 300 300