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Take One: The Set Up

Take One: The Set Up

Take One is Apples and Snakes’ exciting new project supporting poets with solo shows in development. Charley Genever, Producer Intern, tells all…

Take One: The Set Up

The hype at the moment is definitely the ‘scratch’, and rightly so; it is such a crucial stage of the development process of any live literature/spoken word show. You can’t take your rifle to the big guns without testing the trigger. Even if you do get an opportunity to showcase a snippet of your work, it can be difficult finding an audience that …

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The Poetry of Climate Change - Jas Kapela

The Poetry of Climate Change – Jas Kapela

Writer and activist, Jas Kapela, explores his developing relationship with the environment and how he came to be interested in climate change and the role of art as a form of activism.

I was never a particularly big fan of the environment. It’s either cold and rainy or it’s windy and stormy, or else it’s hot and you sweat all the time. I wasn’t too keen on the animals either. Impossible to remember all the names of all the worms and to understand why God has created them. We really …

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Picture The Poet: Behind The Scenes

Picture The Poet: Behind The Scenes

 Writer and teacher, Vicky Morris, gives us an insight into working with South Yorkshire young people on the Picture the Poet project…

Everything great I see in relation to performance poetry almost always involves my favourite fruit and reptile combination – Apples and Snakes, so I was honoured to get the chance to work with them supporting young people on the brilliant Picture the Poet project in autumn 2014.

Not surprisingly, the project was a delight featuring everything a great project of this nature should – an intriguing and …

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HOME COOKING: WORRYING THE [BLOOD]LINE OF BRITISH POETRY BY KAYO CHINGONYI

HOME COOKING: WORRYING THE [BLOOD]LINE OF BRITISH POETRY BY KAYO CHINGONYI


Join Kayo Chingonyi as he explores the duality inherent in being influenced by the oral tradition and the written tradition in literature. Looking in particular at the influence of Hip Hop and Contemporary British Poetry, Kayo uses these as points of ingress to a wider conversation about race, selfhood, and authenticity.

Worrying the [blood]line of British Poetry by Kayo Chingonyi by Apples_And_Snakes on Mixcloud

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Forked: A Review

Forked: A Review

A review of the poets who performed at the last “Forked” at the Barbican, Plymouth – written by Tara Pilkington… 

Hidden away within the cobbled streets of the Barbican in Plymouth is a small venue called The B-Bar, which is the location for the spoken word event ‘Forked’. Forked is a bi-monthly event hosted by Apples and Snakes but this is the first evening that I have attended. Inside of the B-Bar there is a purple-hazy-glow that only a place that hosts a poetry night could have and the atmosphere …

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Picture The Poet: Preston

Picture The Poet: Preston

Spoken word artist Ali Gadema says thank you to the young people of Preston…

I have been working in Preston for the past two months, In my time being there, I have met some amazing young people, we have looked at creating self-portraits with words and explored Preston poetically. One of the young people I met is called Toyah Clifton, she had never performed before this project, but she had been writing lyrics for some time. Through Picture The Poet, Toyah ended up sharing a stage with Mike

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Fair Pay For Poets

Fair Pay For Poets

Following the call for The Poets’ Network for fairer pay…

We’ve been reading with interest the discussion on Facebook and the article in the Morning Star about fair pay for poets, and would welcome the creation of a network to advise on best practice and fair pay for professional writers.

At Apples and Snakes we always try to reflect and, indeed, to establish best practice when it comes to valuing the work of poets and performers and recognising this financially.

As an organisation that is deeply committed to ensuring a …

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The Library Takeover is Underway

The Library Takeover is Underway

Apples and Snakes Senior Associate, Nicky Crabb talks about Library Takeover, an innovative new project for young people aged 11-18 living in Waltham Forest or Croydon.

Sometimes I feel really lucky to have my job, especially when I get to spend time with two such inspirational people as Chris Elwell (Director of the Half Moon Theatre in Tower Hamlets) and Maeve O’Neill (facilitator and Creative Producer for Truth About Youth at Oval House). We recently spent a couple of days holed up in a room at the Free Word Centre

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It Turns Out All Poetry is Improv...

It Turns Out All Poetry is Improv…

Ahead of The Word’s A Stage on Tuesday 14 April, we catch up with Becci Fearnley, one of the young writers who will be taking to the stage on the night to showcase a new collaborative improvised spoken word piece.

It Turns Out All Poetry is Improv…

I’ve been writing poetry since I was eleven years old, having discovered Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ in the back room of my junior school, and deciding that I wanted to be able to use words as skilfully as that. I’ve …

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The Last Poets at Latitude Festival 2015

The Last Poets at Latitude Festival 2015

Today, Latitude announced the 2015 line-up for the 10th anniversary of the ever-growing festival. Latitude will run from Thursday 16 July – Sunday 19 July, transforming Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk. Simon Armitage will be headlining the wonderful Poetry Arena, which will welcome many of the poetry greats, including Michael Rosen and Doctor John Cooper Clarke!

The Last Poets at Architects of Our Republic | Photo credit: Suzi Corker

The Poetry Arena is at the heart of Latitude’s mission to bring arts and music together and …

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