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Writing on the Wall at Hull Truck Theatre

The work of local writers - whose day jobs range from accountant to cucumber picker - is to feature in a new exhibition at Hull Truck Theatre. The Ferensway venue will form the backdrop for The Writing on the Wall exhibition, which will showcase the work of local authors from April 7 - June 1.

Richard Sutherland, Hull Truck Theatre Marketing Assistant and the author of one of the featured books, The Unitary Authority of Ersatz, said: 'The aim of this exhibition is to spread awareness of the city's newly emerged writing scene, allowing a vibrant and thought-provoking insight into the imaginations of the selected authors. We hope that the exhibition will inspire pride in anyone who supports Hull's cultural development and local achievement and will strengthen Hull Truck's arts and literature relationship. It may also act as a gentle introduction for non-readers to a fresh recreational pursuit.'

A launch for the exhibition will be held on the upper foyer at Hull Truck Theatre on the evening of Tuesday 6 April and the pieces will remain in place for almost two months. The exhibition, sponsored by Night Publishing, will feature the work of 10 writers, displaying the book covers, information about the author and two sample pages of text for each publication. Admission to The Writing on the Wall is free - the featured books will be on sale from the theatre's Truck Stop, with some of the proceeds helping to fund future exhibitions.

Several of the books are set locally, including gritty crime novel Broken Dreams by Nick Quantrill and Tim Roux's Missio, which uses Hull's lost trawlers as its basis. Other works include the debut poetry collection by young writer and cucumber picker Holly Roach, and acclaimed poet Ian Parks, who was made a Hawthornden Fellow in 1991.

Hull Truck Theatre is a venue for many literary events in the city. This season, it will host several Humber Mouth Festival events, including talks by Roy Hattersley and Roger McGough. It also hosts regular Write to Speak nights and will stage the Larkin25 Launch.

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Media enquiries to Alice Mooney on 01482 325012 or email|

Notes for editors:

  • Richard Sutherland and other authors are available for interview - please contact me to arrange.
  • All Hull Truck Theatre press releases and images are available for download via our website,|

The Writing on the Wall is sponsored by Night Publishing. Please visit

Hull Truck Theatre's new home on Ferensway features a 440-seat Main Theatre, 134-seat Studio Theatre, education space called Inter@ct and café-bars.
Hull Truck gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England and Hull City Council.

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