Apples and Snakes is creating a living archive for spoken word and performance poetry; preserving a cultural heritage that has reflected and influenced many social and political movements over the last 30-plus years including rare sound and video recordings, photographs and press cuttings.


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Inua Ellams: Art as Therapy

Inua Ellams: Art as Therapy

My earliest memory of creation happened when I was 4/5 years old in Nigeria. I stuck 4 A4 sheets of paper together, planned an entire city and showed my father. He was so impressed, he gasped. Breath left his body. I caused a genuine physical reaction and he looked at me anew. I started drawing […]

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SPINE residency blog: Cecilia Knapp

SPINE residency blog: Cecilia Knapp

Its my fourth day as Artist in Residence at Pimlico library and each session has brought me a new and joyful experience. I’m working alongside mixed media artist Emma Ghafur who brings new, inventive and engaging activities to each day we spend here. Combining creative writing with visual art is making really exciting and vibrant […]

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Sally Pomme Clayton: Go I know not where, bring back I know not what

Sally Pomme Clayton: Go I know not where, bring back I know not what

December’s Poet of the Month Sally Pomme Clayton on creative writing, fairytales and mental health. ‘Go I know not where, bring back I know not what’  is the title of a Russian fairytale. It describes the quest of the hero who has to go to ‘the thrice ninth kingdom in the thrice tenth land’ to […]

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