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Contains Strong Language
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23 – 26 Sep 2021, Coventry
BBC Contains Strong Language 2021
Dancing the Distance
Swifts and the awakening city brings together poetry, film, music & contemporary dance, drawing inspiration from the city of Coventry.
CSL 2021 on BBC Sounds
Highlights from the many BBC programmes broadcast from Contains Strong Language this year.
Southern Africa meets Coventry on the spoken word scene.
BBC Sounds at Contains Strong Language 2021
Front Row: Live
Radio 4's Front Row comes live from the Contains Strong Language festival.
23 Sep 2021
5Live: Nihal Arthanayake
Nihal Arthanayake's afternoon show comes live from Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.
23 Sep 2021
Radio 3's The Verb: Live
Ian McMillan is live in Coventry with Loyle Carner, Grace Nichols, John Agard and Roy McFarlane.
24 Sep 2021
Music Matters: Live at CSL
Kate Molleson with a special live edition of Radio 3's Music Matters, featuring live music and discussion of the parallel rhythms of music and language.
25 Sep 2021
Cerys Matthews: The Poet Tree
Cerys welcomes poets from the Contains Strong Language festival to transport you to Coventry via prose and poetry.
26 Sep 2021
Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone: Live
Adventures in underground and experimental music live on BBC 6Music from the Contains Strong Language festival.
26 Sep 2021
Radio 3's Free Thinking on Tudor history
Philippa Gregory and Profs Nandini Das, Susan Doran and Adam Roberts join Matthew Sweet and a Coventry audience to discuss the way historical fiction shapes our view of history.
28 Sep 2021
The Verb: Green Places and Haunts
Ian McMillan explores Coventry's green places and the river and music that ghost through the city with poets David Morley, John Bernard, Sujana Crawford and Olga McDermott.
1 Oct 2021
Download the CSL 2021 Brochure
Online, in person and broadcast across the BBC: Download the brochure for the poetry and performance festival of new writing taking place across Coventry in its year as UK City of Culture.
Loyle Carner and Simon Armitage headline CSL 2021
Find out more about the four-day festival that showcased some of the best spoken word artists from the UK.
Radio 3's The Essay: Postcards from Coventry
Five artists' perspectives on the future of the city. First up, playwright and director Chris O’Connell asks: If Coventry was a character, who would it be?
27 Sep 2021