Poets line up for Contains Strong Language 2021

News - Festivals Thursday, 29th July 2021

Simon Armitage among stars of BBC festival


Poet laureate Simon Armitage will be among the stars of the BBC Contains Strong Language festival, taking place in Coventry from 23 to 26 September.

The festival is a partnership between the BBC, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press, and is supported by Arts Council England, the British Council, Creative Lives and Jerwood Arts. 

Also taking part are, among others, Siana Bangura (pictured right), Loyle Carner, Sujana Crawford, Liz Berry, Grace Nichols, John Agard, George Ttoouli, Deborah Alma, David Morley, John Bernard, Romalyn Ante, and Roy McFarlane. Poets have been working with schools and community groups as a result of festival commissions.

Stuart Maconie and Ian McMillan will broadcast from the festival. Pre-festival events include poetry trails and workshops.

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