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Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

September’s Poet of the Month, Jasmine Gardosi, talks to Apples and Snakes about writing, taboos, and dance classes…

I have an obsession with taboo. At least, poking holes in it to see what comes out. For those who aren’t 100% sure on what taboos are, these are the subjects, words or phrases that we avoid or find difficult to talk about due to social customs, codes or for silly reasons that have somehow stuck. Menstruation is one example. Mental health can be another.

When we’re asked why we find …

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Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Strange thing, synchronicity. Within a few weeks of starting the Archive Coordinator role, I received an out-of-the-blue email from Jeff Howarth of TUC Library Collections: could I throw any light on Pit Dragon, an organisation behind various days of picket-line entertainment during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5? Apples and Snakes had apparently been involved in one of their sessions, supplying poets for the wonderfully named Melt Thatcher Down picket at Neasden Power Station in February ’85. This was news to me. I’d already made a start on cataloguing our early

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Building new bridges and exploring new cultural intersections

Building new bridges and exploring new cultural intersections

What part do artists and arts organisations have to play in repairing the fault-lines dividing communities? While current socio-political events continue to shake foundations, isolate, uproot and disperse people; designer, musician and producer Paul Burgess talks about East, a storytelling project which brought together some of the tangled, rich history of cultures based in East London today…

The project isn’t just an arbitrary miscellany. In choosing our material and deciding how to present it we were exploring several specific ideas. We looked at stories that had common currency across cultures; …

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Archive Excavation – Page Match

Archive Excavation – Page Match

As well as printed ephemera and audio-visual material, an archive often includes what’s known as realia, i.e: three-dimensional objects that don’t necessarily fit into any particular category. For the latest #ArchiveExcavation, we focus on a couple of items that well and truly put the G into re(g)alia: two things resembling leftovers from a wrestling-themed carnival-float. Dan Simpson, our former Digital Marketing Officer, tells their story…

Bang Said The Gun‘s second bout of the word-flinging, fighting-writing event Page Match brought together some of London’s top poetry collectives to battle it …

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FORKED: A Review

FORKED: A Review

Nestled in the cobbled streets of the Barbican, surrounded by velvet curtains and candle light, you will find the FORKED poets ready and waiting to entertain… FORKED first-timer, Seren Kiremitcioglu, reviews Plymouth’s favourite spoken word night…

On a rather drizzly and wet Thursday 19 May, I made my way over to The B-Bar in Plymouth with my good friend by my side; sitting down in the warm, inviting room with Thai food and beer in hand, I fully enjoyed a night of entertaining, insightful and thought-provoking performances of poetry …

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Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for June, Antosh Wojcik, talks about the transformative power of soundscape in performance poetry…

I’ve always had the frustration of being incomplete in sound as a drummer. I can only be answered by other people, who react in melodies and tunes. I think this was one of my motivations for pursuing poetry and its performance; it allows me to enact the visual landscapes I have in my head into sound, for other people. It’s been through the process of developing my performance of …

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Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Spoken Word Archive coordinator, Russell Thompson, has been digging deep into the artform to unearth the puzzle pieces of its history. Here’s the latest relic from his #ArchiveExcavation…

Being an archivist is great. I like it when people ask ‘Yes, but what do you actually do?’ Well, right now I’m spending a lot of time linked up to a cassette-player and at least three pairs of headphones, digitising audio-recordings of Apples and Snakes’ shows from the 1980s and ‘90s. And when I’m not tripping over leads or watching digitisation training …

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Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Co-curator of  Straight Out The Box and all-round poetry legend, Roger Robinson, gives us a run-down of his top ten inspirational tracks, showing the combined power of music and poetry…

Here are the ten poetry and music collaborations that made me realise that poetry wasn’t just in books.
These tracks have affected my life and my thoughts. Some of them for more than decade.
I hope you enjoy.


1.
Antipop Consortium : Rinseflow

2. Trimbal : Confidence Boost

3. Saul Williams / DJ Krush : Coded Language

4. Mike Ladd …

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Straight Out The Box: The Review

Straight Out The Box: The Review

Writer and blogger Kaysha Woollery takes us through an evening of box fresh words and music as she relives the first ever Straight Out The Box at Pop Brixton…

When I first heard “Straight Out the Box”, I pictured a Jack-in-a-Box and envisaged an evening of being terrorised by clowns – the very essence of my worst nightmares. I went anyway because I had a free ticket, and I’m glad I did. Let’s set the scene. We’re in a shipping container, fairy lights are twinkling, the sound check …

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Kim Moore – Picture the Poet in Carlisle

Kim Moore – Picture the Poet in Carlisle

Poet Kim Moore tells us about the inspirational work of Dove Cottage Young Poets as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Picture the Poet exhibition in Carlisle…

When Apples and Snakes got in touch to ask if I’d be interested in running some workshops around the Picture the Poet exhibition, I was really excited, and even more excited about the opportunity to run the workshops with the Dove Cottage Young Poets, a group of young writers that I’ve been working with for the last couple of years.

Dove Cottage

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