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During February and March 2014, leading Apples and Snakes artists worked with young people in secondary schools across Islington as part of a project called Unheard Voices. The graphic designer, comic creator and illustrator Richy K. Chandler wrote about his experience with Unheard Voices in his blog Tempolush. Here’s what he had to say.

Earlier in the year I got the chance to take part in Islington Council’s Unheard Voices project where children collaborated with poets and other creators, through the fantastic performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes.

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Artist Opportunities Newsletter

Dear Artist,

Please click here for July’s list of opportunities that may be of interest to you in the wonderful world of spoken word.

Any queries about the opportunities themselves should be directed to the contact person listed in the body of the newsletter.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

Best wishes
Maria Ferguson
Education and Training
Apples and Snakes
0845 521 3460…

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JULY'S POET OF THE MONTH - LAURIE BOLGER

JULY’S POET OF THE MONTH – LAURIE BOLGER

It all started in Mr. Chater’s English class where we studied poets like Carol Anne Duffy and John Agard in the AQA Anthology. I loved the mix of voices and how the poems sounded when they were read aloud. Although, saying this, I was always pretty nervous when asked to do so. Mr. Chater encouraged creativity and made the poems accessible and fun. His enthusiasm for words has a lot to do with where I am today.

I now work …

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WORDCUP2014: MEET TEAM HIVE MIND

MEET WORDCUP2014 TEAM HIVE MIND
Poet Coach Laurie Bolger gives us the low down on their progress so far…

“Despite the pace picking up in the lead up to the final weekend, you could say this is perhaps the best part of the process. Our slam team are the most confident and focused I’ve seen them during the project and we are enjoying the creative process more than ever. Watching them work together and respect each other as a team is the most rewarding thing of all”
- Laurie Bolger,

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JULY SNAKEBASKET EXTRACTS

Apples and Snakes’ Snakebaskets are monthly newsletters tailored for each region we work in. Here you will find lots of exciting spoken word stuff and more about what we are up to in your area. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets! 

“just wanted to say thanks for one of the best poetry-info emails I’ve ever received. Hope to attend at least a couple of the events – brilliant!” London Snakebasket reader.

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From London Coordinator Russell

Summer is usually a peaceful season on the poetry scene. But …

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The Poetry Potting Shed: Laurie Bolger tells of her time as Poet in Residence

LAURIE BOLGER LOOKS BACK ON HER TIME IN THE POETRY POTTING SHED

 


I was lucky enough to spend a residency at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with SPOKE London, facilitating poetry workshops in the stunning Poetry Potting Shed. Stunning? A shed? Yes mate!

Parked up next to the South Plaza Fountains this cosy little number was host to hundreds of members of the public from oldies, to parents to little’uns to teens. In sunshine or heavy rain the shed drew in the most amazing crowds of people …

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APPLES AND SNAKES RECEIVES NATIONAL PORTFOLIO FUNDING FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

APPLES AND SNAKES RECEIVES NATIONAL PORTFOLIO FUNDING
FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, has been awarded National Portfolio funding from the Arts Council for 2015-2018.

We are very pleased with the outcome of today’s funding announcement by Arts Council England, in which Apples and Snakes has been made a conditional offer of £455,000 a year for the next three years as a National Portfolio Organisation. Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in …

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WORDCUP2014 - Shadow Poet Antosh tells the story so far...

Antosh Wojcik gives an inside view of the WORDCUP2014 workshops with Indigo Williams at Saint Gabriel’s College…

THURSDAY 15 MAY
Session 1 at Saint Gabriel’s College

Nerves. Nerves kick. It’s the first time I’m meeting Indigo Williams AND an entire Spoken Word Club full of students. Waiting in reception, I’m greeted by a student who is a part of the club but can’t be at the session today. She tells me how being a part of Spoken Word Club and writing poetry has helped her with her anxiety, how Ms

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SOPHIE HICKSON: WORDCUP 2014

Shadow Poet Sophie Hickson gives us her thoughts on WORDCUP2014 so far…

FORGET THE WORLD CUP! IT’S ALL ABOUT WORDCUP 2014!

A few months ago I approached Apples and Snakes about potential poetry opportunities coming up. As a new poet (one year this May), I was keen to get as much, varied experience working in the poetry world as possible. Finally, a community of people, who at first and even a second glance seem completely different, are bought together through a passion of words and performance. There was now somewhere …

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Meet June's Poet of the Month - Adam Kammerling

ADAM KAMMERLING: POET OF THE MONTH

 

What an honour to be named Poet of the Month by Apples and Snakes. I have seen some incredible people’s names in the little box at the top right of the home page and I am delighted and humbled to be lumped in with the crew.

“This is a Southeastern service to Faversham.” 

I am writing this from a high speed train to Chatham. That’s the kind of life I’m living now-International poetry superstar steez. It’s a hectic and bleary life …

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