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1Xtra Launches Words First

This week we launched the first of our Words First workshops in Leeds.

Each poet worked on the theme of 'future' and the levels were high! Check out some of their best lines:


22 year old rapper, singer and composer.

Mikey - Stray Weather

Self-confessed rhyme slinger.

Kim Ho

Creative artist, inspired by spoken word from Leeds.

Eden Ottman

16 years old writer, singer and poet. Part of Leeds Young Authors for 4.5 years. Poem recently used as part of the Leeds bid for Capital of Culture.

Priya Chopra

Poet from Birmingham. 19 years old, aspiring writer. Member of Lichfield's Poetry for the People.

Charlotte Higgins

Poet from Belfast. Has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude and The Proms.

James Nandhra

Rapper known as Jamzy, poet from Leeds, 17 year old, part of a rap group called ATK.

Asma Elbadawi

Visual artist and poet raised in England.

Amanda Chinyanganya

19 year old poet from Leeds. Zimbabwe born.

Jack The Rapper

24 year old rapper, producer, director and film maker from Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Saph Holden

Rapper, singer, writer, poet. Taken part in Writing Britain with Studio12 Leeds, which was featured in a BBC 3 Documentary with BBC Fresh called Life Through My Lens.

Aoife O'Connor

17 years old poet from Leeds. Has been part of Leeds Young Authors for 2 years and performed at the National Slam in London.