Words First Final

Words First is a talent development scheme that sees BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language come together to discover the best emerging spoken word artists in the UK. 1Xtra and Asian Network are two of the most important platforms for young voices, and Words First has a strong record in discovering new lyrical talent.

After a UK-wide search, the finalists come together to perform new work created during the scheme. The Words First 2019 ambassador is writer and poet Jude Yawson, and he has chosen the theme of connectivity in the modern age.

Part of BBC Contains Strong Language. Words First was supported by regional poetry organisations, including Apples and Snakes,  Young IdentityNew Writing North, and Neu! Reekie! 

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