th July 2019
Prerana in Words First
BBC Contains Strong Language, BBC 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network present the Words First Summer Showcase celebrating the most talented poets and spoken word artists aged 18-30 from across the UK.
The Squad’s Prerana Kumar is one of 12 poets performing at this free event hosted by Yasser (Asian Network, Radio 1) with special guest Jude Yawson, co-author of Stormzy’s book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far and a performance from Words First 2016 finalist, Amina Jama.
Words First is a talent development scheme searching for the best emerging spoken word artists in the UK. Following professional mentorship and regional showcases in Edinburgh, Bristol, Newcastle, London and Manchester, the most stand out poets were selected to go on to perform at the Summer Showcase. Six poets will be selected from the showcase to perform at the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull (27th – 29th September). This performance will be broadcast live from 1Xtra and the BBC Asian Network and poets will also be published in a new book of poetry edited by Jude Yawson.