Words First- spoken word talent development

Words First is a talent development scheme that will run throughout 2020. Selected artists will be given the chance to attend digital workshops in July and August 2020, where they will work with established artists and mentors to develop their work, and be given a platform to perform their own work at digital showcases.

There will be a Summer showcase performance at the Contains Strong Language Festival 2020 in Cumbria, where shortlisted artists from the digital workshops will be invited to perform (further details on nature of performance i.e. remotely or in person to be confirmed in due course). The finale of the scheme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra at the end of the year.

Additionally, throughout the scheme selected artists will be mentored and supported by the BBC and a fantastic network of regional poetry organisations including Young IdentityApples & Snakes and Neu! Reekie!.



  • Videos should be no more than 1 minute long.
  • As this is a spoken word talent search, videos with a backing track or other music will not be accepted, so please perform on silence.


23:59, 19 June 2020



Published on:
1 Jun 2020


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