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Apples and Snakes presents 451 – Shane Koyczan

Review: 451 – Shane Koyczan
Saturday 19 April 2014
By Mark Badbelly Lang

Mar Kel the Badbelly: Wishing Upon A Star.

I’m a lucky b*****d.

‘@Koyczan made me laugh AND cry’

You know when you have a favourite artist and you just know you’re never going to have a chance to see them perform live? Well, I had two. The first was Shawn Smith, who I’d followed for 15 years and resigned myself to the fact I would never see him sing. Then by pure chance I checked his homepage …

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Niall O'Sullivan & The Poetry Potting Shed - Part 2

Carmina Masoliver on Niall O’Sullivan & The Poetry Potting Shed

Day 3

Sunday: my final day of shadowing at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Luckily it was a sunny day and by 11am we already had little children peering into the shed. We repeated the ‘Magic Plant Pot’ poem throughout the day, which allowed me to get more comfortable working with the children on my own. By the end of the day I felt like a pro’.

Some of the children were as young as three and had just …

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Niall O'Sullivan & The Poetry Potting Shed - Part 1

Carmina Masoliver on Niall O’Sullivan & The Poetry Potting Shed

Day 2

I officially met Niall O’Sullivan on my second day of shadowing, though I also reminded him of the time I had put my camping stuff on his seat on the way to Latitude one year as he came on looking for his reservation. I had thought it was him (he was reading poetry, which was an extra clue) but I was too scared to say anything in case I was wrong. I kicked myself a bit when later …

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Michael Rosen & The Poetry Potting Shed

Carmina Masoliver on Michael Rosen & The Poetry Potting Shed

Day 1

I knew there was no need to be nervous, but I couldn’t help it. I was about to meet Michael Rosen, not only an incredible poet and children’s author, but an inspirational figure who takes an active role in education. Something, as a Learning Mentor, I am interested in myself. He manages to act in solidarity with teachers, as well as enthuse that the world has as much to teach us as any classroom. With poetry, we …

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On the 20th March SPOKE Intern Matt Jones went to watch Paul Lyalls, Jan Blake & Breis perform in SPIN – a fun and engaging children’s show programmed as part of SPOKE: Earth – a season of spoken word in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

SPIN is a fun and engaging children’s show aimed at teaching children about poetry, playing with words & creative storytelling, exploring all the distinctive ways to perform poetry with our featured guests who explore into the art of poetry, storytelling and rap. Read …

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Knoxville Poetry Slam!

 21 year-old English & American Literature student Lora Christy is currently studying abroad at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She keeps us in the loop as she explores the spoken Word world US style, and her discovery of the Knoxville Poetry Slam! 

When I arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee, the first thing I wanted to know was if it had a poetry scene, and I haven’t been disappointed. Once a month, local poets gather at The Well, a basement bar just outside the city centre that regularly hosts …

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Holy Family Catholic School makes the Spoken Word Stars of Tomorrow

Holy Family Catholic School makes the Spoken Word Stars of Tomorrow

On Thursday 13th February some of Britain’s youngest performance poets gave their Spoken Word Club Spring Showcase to an audience of well over a hundred people. They were supported by the former poetry World Slam Champion, Kat Francois.

Last year Holy Family Catholic School in Walthamstow became the first school in the country to host full-time embedded poetry, spoken-word educators in collaboration with the Spoken Word Education Programme. Its Spoken Word Club has been meeting for two …

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Spoke: EARTH – Storytelling at Mudchute Farm

Spoke: EARTH – Storytelling at Mudchute Farm

“I’ve never seen anything like this on a farm!”

On Wednesday 19th February, as part of Spoke: Earth, popular storyteller Helen East beguiled all ages with earthy tales at Mudchute City farm. Children, parents and all that love stories gathered in a small barn for a treat of words and magic.

As I walk into Mudchute barn for the first time, I am met with story lovers and bright – faced children sat in miniature chairs, ‘semi-circled’ and eager …

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Apples and Snakes artist Sally Pomme Clayton blogs about her experience working with No Panic – a self-help group for those who suffer from anxiety. 

Writing stories keeps you calm!

I have been working for the last 18 months with No Panic (Sutton and Merton branch). No Panic is a self-help group for those who suffer anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, it offers support and help, enabling sufferers to live more positively. The group has transformed peoples’ lives.

I was invited to work with the group through Daniela Paolucci

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March 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. These are extracts – sign up here to receive the whole message! 

“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

There, I knew it was a mistake …

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