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BBC Contains Strong Language 2021: Coventry

Writing West Midlands is proud to be part of the team presenting the BBC Contains Strong Language festival 2021 in Coventry, as part of City of Culture 2021.

Join us in venues across Coventry – in parks, nature reserves, theatres, cemeteries, streets and libraries – to celebrate, hear and perform poetry. We’ll also be welcoming dance, film and even a traditional brass band.

We’ll be taking over the city of Coventry from 23 to 26 September 2021.

The full line-up of what’s happening, is available below.

BBC Contains Strong Language is the BBC’s flagship poetry and spoken word festival.

Now in its fifth year, the four day festival is taking place from 23-26 September this year in Coventry, as it celebrates being UK City of Culture 2021 and will broadcast live across BBC Radio and online. It was created by the BBC for Hull City of Culture in 2017, and has taken place annually since then, touring to Cumbria in 2020 before arriving in Coventry for 2021.

BBC Contains Strong Language 2021 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.

You can find more about previous festivals here:


Full programme released August 2021; view it here: