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Architects of Our Republic: Workshops at YOI Feltham

2013 was the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech. Architects of Our Republic marked this iconic moment in history with an explosion of poetry, music and film inspired by the message of the speech and its resonance today.

This summer Apples and Snakes revisited some of the community groups that took part in Architects of Our Republic and worked with the groups further through a series of Summer Workshops.

Kenny Baraka, spoken word artist, author, and lyricist,

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As part of SPOKE: Air, the third season of SPOKE’s exciting spoken word events across East London, a group of young poets took to the airwaves, coached by acclaimed spoken word artist Mr Gee, to devise and record the freshest new poetry for broadcast on Reprezent fm. 

Anastasia Prempeh tells us about her experience as one of the Reprezent Radio Residency participants…

When I first received an email about poetry workshops with Mr Gee on Reprezent Radio, I was drawn to the idea of trying something new and challenging …

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Goodbye, Matt Jones!

For the last six months, Matt Jones has been interning with the digital department at SPOKE, providing help and support to the team and gaining new experiences and skills along the way. Here are a few of his thoughts on the internship and his time at SPOKE.

Hi I’m Matt, the digital intern here at SPOKE, saying my final goodbyes and explaining my experience throughout the 6 month internship.

Summing up this internship is going to be difficult, simply for the sheer mass of knowledge, work experience, and …

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Coinciding with the football World Cup, WORDCUP2014 was a celebration of spoken word for young people, helping them to hone their writing and performance skills and gain confidence in their voices through a series of workshops with professional poets, culminating in a giant WORDCUP slam championship at Stratford Circus.

Over April-July, the WORDCUP teams were selected from 10 schools across East London. Each school was appointed their own professional poet, like Raymond Antrobus, Indigo Williams and Joelle Taylor, to come in as their team mentor and help …

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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.


From London Coordinator Russell

Ah, August: the month when we spend thousands of pounds travelling

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Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe

Apples and Snakes’ poet Dan Simpson shares his five top tips on ‘Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe’.

1. Do your research! Ideally, go to the Fringe as a punter first (and do a few open mics whilst you’re there!). The Fringe is HUGE: 3,000+ shows in 300 odd venues all happening in three and a bit weeks. It’s useful to know a bit about how it all works: what Festival do you want your show to be part of (PBH Free Fringe? Big Four? Laughing Horse? C-Venues?

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SPOKE: Earth

Our year began with a great second season here at SPOKE, a series of varied and engaging community events culminating in the opening of the south part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5 April. As 2014 hurtles on and our third season comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on how our year kicked off.

SPOKE: Earth brought together top UK poets to engage with enthusiastic, inspiring young people through four ambitious spoken word projects across East London in and around the Olympic Park.…

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Unheard Voices: Making Graphic Narratives from Children’s Stories

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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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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