An extract from September’s West Midlands Snakebasket

This is an extract from September’s West Midlands Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

Welcome to the September Snakebasket!

Hit the Ode

Right then: this will be brief, but only because there is a veritable treasure trove of poetic goodness waiting for you after the jump. Yes, I know, summer is gone, and the sky outside the window is lead-grey and oppressive, but the flip-side of that particular coin is that the poetry gets going again this month, and when I say it gets going, I mean it explodes over the Midlands like word fireworks.

So what do we have for you in September? Well, the launch of a second season of Hit the Ode, for one, featuring, among others, Derrick Brown, an American spoken word artist universally recognised as one of the absolute best in the world. This is a rare opportunity to see an artist who has performed  at venues as varied as CBGBs, The Sorbonne, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno… And he will be joined by storyteller extraordinaire Rachel Rose Reid, poet and grime MC Evoke, and the rising star that is Zack Homeless.

Speaking of Hit the Ode, I have a date for your calendars: Thursday 13 October. We will be holding an HtO special for the Birmingham Book Festival, with seven poets from seven different countries taking part in a twisted and frankly ridiculous version of a poetry slam at the Ikon Eastside Gallery. You can get your tickets through the festival website here – and for updates, news and previews, join us on our Facebook group.

We’re also offering a free Masterclass this month with Jacob Sam-La Rose himself, focusing on using the youth slam format to teach spoken word poetry to young people. This promises to be of interest to those thinking of getting into education work and to experienced workshop leaders alike. Have I said it’s free?

As ever, all the details are in the Snakebasket. You will also find recommended events and opportunities there – and there are some very exciting things in the calendar this month – all in all, more than enough to get your poetry fix.

See you around!


PS Each Snakebasket presents only a fraction of what is going on poetically in the West Midlands. For more quickfire updates, follow me on Twitter – @ApplesWM.

Bohdan Piasecki, West Midlands Coordinator / 0121 224 7446

This is an extract from September’s West Midlands Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

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‘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.