Words First: Digital Showcases

The search for the best emerging UK spoken word talent continues!

BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language are working together with regional poetry organisations, including Apples and Snakes,  Young Identity, and Neu! Reekie!, to find the best emerging spoken word talent the UK has to offer. Now is your chance to experience these exciting voices – join us for the Words First Digital Showcases!

Apples and Snakes’ Words First participants have been working with acclaimed spoken word poets and performers, Deanna Rodger, Adam Kammerling, Bohdan Piasecki, Paula Varjack, Hannah Silva, and Yomi Ṣode, to hone their writing skills and develop their performance craft.

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The line-ups:

Monday 3 August

Abena Essah Bediako / Azan Ahmed / Beth Calverley / Chanel McKenzie
Emmanuel Kwakye / Gabriel Jones / Joel Course / John Bernard
Lauren Chandler / Sharmarni Danials / Tahmina Ali / Tom Powell /
Toreh Mahdi O’Garro / Zahrah Sheikh

Wednesday 5 August

Aman Grover / Cassie Madly / Cleo Asabre-Holt / Diamond
Frankie Blaus / Jardel Ricardo Rodrigues / Joe Earle / Lara Marshall
Laurie Ogden / Mabinty Taylor-Kamara / Matt Alton / Nailah Dossa
Nasima Bee / Rheima Robinson / Yorusalem Tesfay Okbamichael

Friday 7 August

Aalia Zorko / Alex Michael Taylor / Charlie Staunton / Damani Dennisur
Gafar Fashola / Gemma Barnett / Jason Mascall / Meriem Jouti
/ QiNan Al Sha’Ir / Rachel Cleverly / Ryan Richardson / Saili Katebe
Salma Lynch / Sian Clarke / Stanley Iyanu

You can also catch Words First Digital Showcases featuring  Young Identity workshop participants on Tuesday 4 and Saturday 8 August, 7pm, and Neu! Reekie! workshop participants on Thursday 6 August, 7pm, on their channels.


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