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Meet number ten, our final WORDCUP2014 coach…

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

#10 DEAN ATTA

With the help of Sophie Fenella Robinski, Dean will be coaching the hopefuls of Buxton School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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“Dean Atta’s poetry is as honest as truth itself”
- Benjamin Zephaniah

Award-winning poet, presenter, performer and all-round creative Dean wrote and produced the critically acclaimed urban musical, ‘Scratched Out’ for the London stage.

He was commissioned to write for Dr Maya Angelou‘s 80th Birthday Gala and for the Gay Icons exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. He has also written for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Dean won the Black LGBT Community Arts Award 2008 and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. He won the Spirit of London Award 2009 for ‘Achievements through the Arts’ for his work in schools tackling bullying and homophobia, and he is now an for ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards.

“Unapologetic, perfectly candid and equally moving” - Writer’s Block

SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINSKI – Shadow Poet

Sophie Fenella Robinski is a poet and a performer from London. Her background is in theatre and performance art, and she is always looking for new ways to combine performance with poetry.

In 2012 she completed an MA in Performance Practices and Research, with distinction at Central School of Speech and Drama.  Since then she has become a member of The Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Jacob Sam La Rose’s Burn After Reading Poetry Collective (#BARPo), and Podium Poets.

1404695_246184338866946_603580010_oSophie has performed both independently and with a theatre company called Portmanteau, and in July 2013 she was long-listed to be the Young Poet Laureate for London. Her poetry has been published on websites and in magazines such as The Bohemyth, Inky Needles, and Myths of the Near Future, and is due to be published by Thynks Publications in 2015. She is also the co-founder of The Patchwork Paper, and is really excited to be working on WORDCUP2014.

 

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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#9 KEITH JARRETT

With the help of Maria Ferguson, Keith will be coaching the hopefuls of Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney towards to WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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In 2010, Keith Jarrett simultaneously held the title of Farrago’s London and UK Poetry Slam Champion, and was a semi-finalist in the World Cup Grand Slam in Paris. He has since hosted English and Spanish poetry showcases and coordinated festivals in schools in London and beyond.

Last year, his five-star reviewed poetry show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Keith’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV.

Keith is currently part of the Spoken Word Educators programme, teaching in a London secondary school and studying for an MA at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is writing his first novel.


MARIA FERGUSON – Shadow Poet

DSC_6430Maria Ferguson is an Essex born performance poet with a passion for words and whisky.  Coming up through the ranks of the legendary Roundhouse Poetry scheme she now makes up one sixth of poetry collective ‘Early Doors’ and one eleventh of spoken word ensemble, ‘A Cloud of Foxes’.

With these charming groups of reprobates she has performed poetry and spoken word theatre at venues such as The Roundhouse, The BAC, and in a small pub in Leicester to one man and a dog.  She has performed extensively on the UK spoken word circuit and at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Bestival.

Maria also runs drama and poetry workshops for young people in schools and youth centres across London and the UK.  She has experience in bringing performance to various community settings including retirement homes, schools, prisons and mental health units.

Follow Indigo and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#8 INDIGO WILLIAMS

With the help of Antosh Wojcik, Indigo will be coaching the hopefuls of St. Gabriel’s College in Lambeth towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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Indigo Williams is a poet, spoken word educator and the co-founder of I Shape Beauty. After bursting on to the poetry scene in 2010, Indigo established herself as an artist who commands the stage with gripping presence and powerful poetry. With both substance and passion, her work is emotive and thought provoking.

She has performed at Tedx Brixton, BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken Word, Glastonbury Festival and is the winner of the 2012 New Generation slam. Indigo is one of 6 leading poets working full-time in a secondary school as part of the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme in conjunction with Goldsmiths University.


ANTOSH WOJCIK – Shadow Poet

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, performer and writer from Reading. He was joint Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion 2013 and is currently part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Burn After Reading Collective and Barbican Young Poets Programme 2013-14.

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He has been a featured act at events such as Bang Said The Gun, London Liming, Tongue Fu, Big Talk and The Last Word Festival at the Roundhouse. He has also had plays performed as part of The Brighton Fringe and at Theatre Royal, Winchester.

He has led various workshops in schools and co-lectured Creativity at University of Winchester. He has been published in the March/April 2014 edition of Little Cherry Press.

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applesandsnakes.org | indigowilliamspoetry.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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DIGITAL AND MARKETING INTERNSHIP – AN INTERN’S THOUGHTS
Alice Frecknall

For many, the word ‘internship’ comes with a plethora of negative connotations speckling the spectrum from office dogsbody to stress-riddled, sleep-deprived labourer. So you can forgive a few nerves as I walked into the Apples and Snakes office at the start of April for my first day as Digital and Marketing Intern.

But it soon became clear that Apples and Snakes uphold a very different belief to many of what an internship should be, and work tirelessly to provide a solid training platform for all of their interns. Just a few hours in, and any fears I had were firmly laid aside; everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I got stuck into work straight away.

Over the first couple of weeks, I had meetings with each of the different teams within Apples and Snakes. Not only were these good opportunities to properly meet the rest of the staff, but they also allowed me to gain an insight into all areas of the organisation and gave me a better understanding of the wider work they do.

AlicePicCropSo far I have spent two busy months with the lovely people at Apples and Snakes, and in that time I have hopped from one digital platform to another, fathomed out how to navigate my way around the Excel maze that is a marketing campaign spreadsheet, and learnt how to schedule social media posts for way off in the future… that’s right, futuristic tweeting. Hootsuite is a God send!

From day one, Nina, the Marketing Coordinator, and Suzi, the Digital and Marketing Officer, have trusted me to work with them on important campaigns, and liaise with artists, colleagues, and venues along the way. I have prepared and added content to the Apples and Snakes website, learnt how to embed videos, resize images, and put together listings, and have finally made friends with the ever-frustrating world that is Photoshop – I even have my very own souvenir flyer to prove it.

What’s great about the Digital and Marketing Internship at Apples and Snakes is that there’s no one-size-fits-all ruling. Nina and Suzi have always taken my personal interests and skills into consideration and given me opportunities to incorporate these interests into my work. I have a background in creative writing, so Nina got me involved in helping to develop the Apples and Snakes blog, and allowed me to work on the marketing for The Writing Room, an initiative for young writers with a taste for spoken word. And, thanks to Suzi, I was even lucky enough to attend this year’s Live Literature Symposium at Norwich Arts Centre and spend the day live tweeting, and debating the brilliant topic of cross-arts collaboration.

I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with everyone at Apples and Snakes. And I am particularly thankful to Nina and Suzi who have both been so generous with their time, and forever patient when I still can’t figure out which Facebook persona I’m supposed to be using at any one time. The whole internship has been such an enriching, invaluable experience, and one that I feel has truly enhanced my future career prospects. But it’s also given me so much more than just professional skills; Apples and Snakes has come to feel like a base, a home that I know I can visit if ever I need to.

Apples and Snakes are currently seeking a new Digital and Marketing Voluntary Intern for a three month period. If you’re interested in a career in arts marketing, you won’t find a better place to start than here. For further details, visit the Apples and Snakes website here. Apply by Friday 13 June.

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#7 CATHERINE BROGAN

With the help of Sophie Hickson, Catherine will be coaching the hopefuls of Lammas School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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Catherine Brogan represented London in the UK Radio 4 Slam and was the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam winner 2011. She has been interviewed on the Radio 4 Today programme, and performed at Latitude, Cheltenham Literary Festival, The Edinburgh Book Festival, and Thames Festival.  She was voted Farrago best slam performer 2008 & 2009 and won the Belfast Poetry Cup. She has supported Skinny Man, Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest.

‘Catherine is witty, wise and a great entertainer. Her poetry makes the personal political & the political personal’ - Paul Burston Time Out

 

Catherine is currently studying on the MA Writer/Teacher course at Goldsmith’s and is part of Peter Kahn‘s Spoken Word Educator Programme. She has run workshops for ten years across the UK and in Kenya, and has spent five years running poetry workshops at festivals and in schools, libraries, museums, and youth clubs.

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SOPHIE HICKSON – Shadow Poet

Sophie Hickson (SophChei) is an emerging spoken word artist, raised in Cardiff, based in London.

With some feature sets under her belt, and a wealth of facilitation experience, Sophie is now meshing these skills and experiences working on Apples and Snakes run WordCup2014.

She’s also set up her own o2 think big funded project, running a series of free creative workshops for young people.

 

 

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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#6 PETE BEARDER

With the help of Lewis Buxton, Pete will be coaching the hopefuls of Holy Family Catholic School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

TongueFu3‘A rabble-rousing, one-man riot of a performance poet’ - Fay Roberts, Poetry Kapow

Pete Bearder a.k.a Pete the Temp is a stand-up poet, a singer-songwriter and a damn fine administrator. His act combines high octane slap-stick poetry with musical comedy and audience participation.

Described by Chortle Magazine as ‘Poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas’, Pete has shared a stage with the likes of Stewart Lee and Bill Bailey. He also performs spoken word alongside the band Slamboree to audiences of 2000 plus.

Pete has worked with the British Council and been featured on BBC Radio 4, the World Service and Newsnight. He was the UK Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion (08/09), BBC Radio 4 South of England Slam Winner (09), Wychwood Festival Slam Champion (09) and Oxjam Slam Champion (07). Pete has now given up boxing.


`Bill Bailey got the most laughs closely followed by Pete The Temp’
- Oxford Mail

Pete co-founded Cyc du Soliel (a cycle and solar powered sound system). The system is used to do green themed performance poetry workshops and festival stages. He also hosts Cabaret Clandestino in his home town of Oxford. In 2010 Pete’s tour took him to Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Shambala and Secret Garden party among other places.

Pete is currently working on his first book of poetry. Later this year he will be touring with his stage show ‘Pete the Temp vs Climate Change!’

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LEWIS BUXTON- Shadow Poet

Lewis Buxton is a poet, musician, events producer, workshop leader, and member of Burn After Reading Collective.

Lewis frequents the open mic circuits across London and Norwich as both a poet and a musician. He indulges a plethora of genres to create his melodic folk-pop. As a poet, Lewis writes about London, love, friends, and walnuts.

 

 

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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#5 RAYMOND ANTROBUS

With the help of Rachel Long, Raymond will be coaching the hopefuls of Cardinal Pole in Hackney towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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Raymond Antrobus is a Spoken Word poet, photographer and educator, born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets. Raymond’s work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue and recently at TedxEastEnd and in The Guardian.

His second collection  – Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus  – is published by Burning Eye Books. He writes a blog dedicated to Poetry-Films, Social Commentary, Interviews and Spoken Wordwww.raymondantrobus.com

“His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” – (Kwame Dawes)

 

Currently Raymond is completing the Writer/Teacher MA in Spoken Word Education at Goldsmith’s University. He is Hackney’s first Spoken Word educator and he teaches at Cardinal Pole Secondary School.

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RACHEL LONG – Shadow Poet

Rachel Long is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and creator of the ‘Lovely-Messy Mind’ artist’s network. She has performed her poetry, most notably, at the Olympic stadium and The Royal Festival Hall.

Published by The Emma Press, Forward Poetry, Away With Words and the Goldfish journal, she has also been commissioned by Apples & Snakes and SPOKE.

Rachel is a member of Jacob Sam La Rose‘s Burn After Reading Collective (BARPo) and is currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s University London.

 

Follow Raymond and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | www.raymondantrobus.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#4 JOELLE TAYLOR

With the help of Will Tyas, Joelle will be coaching the hopefuls of St. Paul’s Academy in Greenwich towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

Photographer‘Fearless. She has guts, she has rhythm, she has attitude. This is poetry with purpose’
- Benjamin Zephaniah

Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, former UK slam champion, published poet, playwright and novelist, as well as the Artistic Director and UK Coach of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society. She has performed nationally and internationally for the British Council, touring both Zimbabwe and Botswana, and has performed at a diverse range of high profile venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Buckingham Palace, the 02 arena, Glastonbury Festival, the 100 Club, Shakespeare’s Globe and Trafalgar Square amongst many others.

A film of her performing has been recorded by NATE and sent to every secondary school in the UK.  She is also featured in a new film about 4 spoken word artists covering English heritage poems, along with Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish and Dizraeli. She is the curator of MotherFoucault, a spoken word burlesque show held at various venues around London including Whitechapel Art Gallery (Time Out Critic’s Choice).

‘Every second is crammed with dense dazzling word pictures’ - Time Out

 

She is a creative writing tutor for the Poetry School, the Poetry Society, Arvon Foundation, Holloway Prison and Apples and Snakes – and has led several Spoken Word Summer Camps across the UK. Each year she hosts National Poetry Day: Live at the Royal Festival Hall for the Poetry Society and is one of the Southbank Centre London Lines poets commissioned to write pieces reflecting the different boroughs of the city.

‘As addictive as the most uncensored gossip. Thrilling’ - The Stage

She is anthologised widely and has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, as well as hosting a weekly spoken word show for Reel Rebels Radio. Her poetry collection Ska Tissue is now in its second edition and her new collection The Woman Who was Not There is due to for release on Burning Eye books in early autumn 2014. She toured the UK over the summer, and hosted Glastonbury Festival. She was Poet in Residence at the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition in Buckingham Palace last year. Her novel Whorror Stories is due for publication in 2015.

will-tyas-photoWILL TYAS – Shadow Poet

Will Tyas is a poet, sound artist, and facilitator. He has worked with the Barbican Centre, Dulwich Library, and the Deptford Lounge.

Will has performed in venues all over London as a poet and musician, and his first play was performed at the Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton.

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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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You’ve already met two of our wonderful WORDCUP2014 Poet Coaches, here’s the third…

#3 MALIKA BOOKER

With the help of Cecilia Knapp, Malika will be coaching the hopefuls of Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

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Malika Booker is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, whose work spans literature, education and cross-arts. She has appeared world-wide both independently and with the British Council. She is an experienced creative writing course leader and has run courses for various organisations including the Arvon Foundation, the Royal National Theatre and the Young Vic.

Malika jointly runs ‘Malika’s Kitchen’, a writers’ collective based in London and Chicago. Her latest play, Unplanned, opened in Spring 2007, with a run at Battersea Arts Centre and subsequent tour. Her book, Breadfruit, was published in 2007.

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CECILIA KNAPP – Shadow Poet

Cecilia Knapp is a spoken word poet who writes and performs extensively in the UK, both alone and with the London based poetry collective Early Doors. She is an alumni of the Camden Roundhouse’s prolific poetry mentoring scheme and has performed at some of London’s most prestigious poetry nights, completed two successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and lent her talent on stages at several festivals including Bestival and Secret Garden Party. She also works regularly in schools, leading spoken word workshops and encouraging young people to pick up a pen and write.

 

Follow Malika and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | malikabooker.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Yesterday we introduced you to Adam Kammerling, the first of out WORDCUP2014 Poet Coaches. Today we meet the second…

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

#2 LAURIE BOLGER

With the help of Kes Gill-Martin, Laurie will be coaching the hopefuls of Eastlea Comprehensive School in Newham towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

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Laurie Bolger is a London based stand-up poet and presenter. She hosts the popular stand-up poetry night, as featured on Channel 4, BANG Said The Gun as well as her own spoken word radio show “Round @ Laurie’s” live from Camden’s iconic Roundhouse.

Laurie has toured the festival circuit, and has gigged at venues such as the 02 Arena and the Olympic Park. She also facilitates poetry, song-writing and storytelling workshops with a range of groups around the UK.


KES GILL-MARTIN – Shadow Poet

Kes is a Spoken Word Artist, an Actor and a Theatre-Maker. The thing that joins these various threads together is a love of stories and a love of sharing them.
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Kes’s first experiences as a Spoken Artist came during the course of the Writing Room project run by Apples & Snakes in 2013. It was here he learned that he could write, and that he liked it!

Since then he has performed his own words at various venues including the Southbank Centre, Rich Mix and The Albany.

In 2013 Kes co-founded Hit The Ground. A theatre company with a commitment to playfulness and risk, they have already been supported by Free Word Centre, IdeasTap, Lyiric Hammersmith and the Barbican Centre.

 

 

Follow Laurie and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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