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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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MEET THE WORDCUP2014 COACHES - DEAN ATTA

Meet number ten, our final WORDCUP2014 coach…

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

#10 DEAN ATTA

With the help of Sophie Fenella Robinski, Dean will be coaching

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MEET THE WORDCUP2014 COACHES - KEITH JARRETT

#9 KEITH JARRETT

With the help of Maria Ferguson, Keith will be coaching the hopefuls of Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney towards to WORDCUP2014 slam final!

In 2010, Keith Jarrett simultaneously held the title of Farrago’s London and UK Poetry Slam Champion, and was a semi-finalist in the World Cup Grand Slam in Paris. He has since hosted English and Spanish poetry showcases and coordinated festivals in schools in London and beyond.

Last year, his five-star reviewed poetry show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Keith’s …

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MEET THE WORDCUP2014 COACHES - INDIGO WILLIAMS

#8 INDIGO WILLIAMS

With the help of Antosh Wojcik, Indigo will be coaching the hopefuls of St. Gabriel’s College in Lambeth towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

Indigo Williams is a poet, spoken word educator and the co-founder of I Shape Beauty. After bursting on to the poetry scene in 2010, Indigo established herself as an artist who commands the stage with gripping presence and powerful poetry. With both substance and passion, her work is emotive and thought provoking.

She has performed at Tedx Brixton, BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken

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