A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes


Dear family and friends,

Squabbling over the advent calendar in the office has begun so it must mean it’s December and, unbelievably, we are on the countdown to the end of the year.


SPINE Festival | Suzi Corker Photography

It’s whizzed by again, jam-packed with fabulous events, poets, and projectstoo numerous to mention. Once again we have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of partner organisations, from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to the National Portrait Gallery to Latitude Festival to Free Word, delivering our diverse programme across the country.




Particular highlights this year include our first SPINE Festival, working with 11 library authorities – a culmination of our Associate Bridge work in London; Picture the Poet – our outreach and events programme in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery’s touring exhibition; Speak Up Newcomer – our tour with the legendary Last Poets; and Public Address: The Soapbox Tour – a national tour commissioning 8 artists from across the country to speak out about what matters to them. Our Home Cooking podcast series ran with success throughout 2015 and will carry on in 2016 with lots more exciting content to explore. For a festive treat have a listen to our Season Three playlist! We continued our successful programmes for young writers, professional development programmes for artists, and placed poets into various settings, including schools, prisons and a submarine!

During the year we said farewell to our Director of 5 years, Lucy Crompton-Reid, as well as Fiona Johnstone, Admin & Finance Officer, and Maria Ferguson, Creative Programme Assistant. All three are off to do exciting new things and we wish them all the very best.


The Last Poets: Speak Up Newcomer | Suzi Corker Photography

We end the year with the exciting news that the ‘The Living Archive’ project was successful in receiving funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. This project will culminate in 2017 and will create a publicly accessible archive of spoken word heritage, ensuring the story and legacy of the artform is preserved for future generations. We are strangely excited about what we might unearth in the cupboard… we’ll keep you posted, there are bound to be some gems!

2015 has been a brilliant year – thanks, as always, to our funders for supporting us, and a very heartfelt thanks to every artist, participant, and audience member for helping us create some great moments. Finally, a special thanks to the Apples and Snakes team for going above and beyond on so many occasions!

Happy Holidays one and all!

Lisa Mead
Creative Producer/Joint CEO

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