OWN IT! to co-publish collection edited by Jude Yawson in conjunction with BBC 1Xtra and Contains Strong Language for exciting new Words First initiative

BBC launches search for best new poetry artists with Jude Yawson

BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language have today launched ‘Words First’, a talent development scheme aiming to discover the best emerging poetry talent in the UK.

Jude Yawson, will provide guidance and mentoring for the finalists throughout the scheme and choose 12 poets whose work he will edit in a book of poetry to be co-published by OWN IT! and Wrecking Ball Press.

Jude Yawson comments ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into young minds at a unique point in time. We live in an interconnected world which contains a lot of dialogue on things that impact our lives within the public sphere. Although the future belongs to the youth, we rarely get to understand their future ambitions articulated purely by themselves. In editing this book my hope is to delve into the idea of interconnectivity, through the eyes of young creatives, by empowering them to explore themes of identity connectivity and mobility. I’m so excited about the talent we are going to unearth and about editing a book which will not only offer a platform to a new generation of creatives, but also spark important conversations about the true meaning of connectivity in the modern age’

Working together with poetry organisations across the country, the Words First scheme is looking for people who are passionate about spoken word in any form. From rappers and MCs to poets and lyricists, anyone with an interest in developing their spoken word skills can apply here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4vMSbh4t5xmTgMCg4NJ6ntQ/words-first-are-you-the-next-spoken-word-star