Words First Showcase

Young Identity present the North West Words First Showcase celebrating 15 of the most talented poets and spoken word artists aged 18-30 from across the region. Join us for this free evening of world class poetry hosted by Reece Parkinson (BBC 1Xtra) and Reece Williams with special guest performances from Manchester based poets and musicians.

Words First is a talent development scheme searching for the best emerging spoken word artists in the UK hosted by BBC Contains Strong Language, BBC 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network. The poets performing at the showcase have worked with professional mentors and will go on to compete with other poets from London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Newcastle to perform at the summer showcase in July.


Jay Chambers, Damani Dennisur, Antonia Langford, Nasima Begum, Channah Smith, Roma Havers, Davanté Dunkley, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Christopher Brown, Jordan Westcarr, Amina Atiq, Safwat Elsenossi, Ella Otomewo, Esther Koch, Yorusalem Okbamichael

Creative Team

Shirley May, Nicole May, Ali Gadema, Tolu Agbelusi, Rosie Stuart

  • Free, booking required