Apples and Snakes’ Snakebaskets are monthly newsletters tailored for each region we work in. Here you will find lots of exciting spoken word stuff and more about what we are up to in your area. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets!
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From London Coordinator Russell
Summer is usually a peaceful season on the poetry scene. But not this time. Just look at the glorious gallimaufry of goodies we have in store this month…
The biggest and baddest (in the Michael Jackson sense) is the WORDCUP2014 Slam Final, our inter-schools slam tournament on Saturday 12 July at Stratford Circus. That’s part of our SPOKE project, as is our forthcoming Reprezent 107.3 FM residency, kicking off on the 13th and starring the masterful Mr Gee.
Speaking of masters, we have a couple of masterclasses towards the end of the month: Touring You & Others on the 22nd, and Hosting a Spoken Word Event on the 25th. Immediately before the former, there are some exclusive one-to-one surgeries for anyone interested in taking their poetry career to the next level.
After a month off, in which we’ve been paying our respects to the Great God Football, Jawdance returns to Rich Mix on the 23rd.
Down in Croydon, meanwhile, we not only have ninety minutes of stage-time at LeeFest on Sunday 13th, but also some exciting workshops at Croydon Wordfest throughout the month. Fest city, indeed.
Completing the round-up, look out for the Architects of Our Republic workshops. And, for the anklebiters, there’s another splendid Storycraft session on the 21st.
We’ll let up a bit next month, trust me.
Read the whole London Snakebasket here.
From North East Coordinator Kirsten
Now, what with it being summer and all that, you’ll be fancying a trip to the seaside, won’t you? To a beautiful Victoria resort town? Where you can hear splendid spoken word whilst sipping a cocktail under the awning of a delightful café on a balmy evening? I thought so.
Luckily for you, I have exactly such a thing planned – join us at The Sitting Room in Saltburn for The Splitting Of The Mermaid on the 18th, a new show by Edinburgh Free Fringe Best Newcomer 2013 Lucy Ayrton. She will bring us a re-telling of The Little Mermaid, and be ably supported by a new collective performance by the Tees Women Poets and music from Sara Dennis.
As ever, please tune in to Home Cooking every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm. This month we hear from Carmina Masoliver and her celebrated cabaret of all things feminist, She Grrrrowls. Featured in discussion with Carmina Masoliver are Selina Nwulu, Katie Byford, Bisha Ali and Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes. ‘Open mic’ poets include Sophie Chei and Bunmi Huzzan.
Read the whole North East Snakebasket here.
From South East Coordinator Pete
June, like an old-school tennis shoe has passed in a green flash, but it was not without incident. On the big red LV21 art-ship at Guildford Festival, there was the first of the Spoke ‘N’ Word youth slams.
The next Spoke ‘N’ Word slam will be served up at Create Festival on the 27th – make a note in your diary and while you’re at it mark in the 9th Wordplay; where top poets Adam Kammerling and Anna Freeman will be sharing the stage with The Pop-up Poets at GLive in Guildford.
Then to complete our July deuce(y) bill we have Archimedes Screw on the 11th at The Art House, where Inua Ellams, Aaron Carpenter, Alec Harkness, plus local poets will showcase their spoken word skills!
Ever considered creating films and videos of your own poems? Join in on the Poetry Film Workshop Weekend on the 5th and 6th led by Architects of Our Republic film-maker, Anthony ‘Batch’ Batchelor. This FREE workshop is designed to explore filmmaking skills with poets.
August sneak peek; SPOKE ‘N’ WORD at LOUNGE ON THE FARM is happening on the 2nd. Young people from the Canterbury District will perform alongside some of the UK’s most exciting spoken word artists.
Read the whole South East Snakebasket here.
From South West Coordinator Gina
It’s a joy to announce a double bill of spoken word shows this month!
First up of course, on the 6th it’s the amazing Spokes:Amaze! Headlined by none other than the powerful, slick words of Dean Atta with support from local legend, funny man Rob Barratt. With all the usual shenanigans of the Ready Steady Slam, including a set from May’s worthy winner James Turner and some splendid films! Sign up to one of the 6 places on the slam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s a first come first serve basis so get cracking! Oh and a quick reminder to y’ all to arrive on time, 7.30pm is kick off, cocktails served from 6.30pm!
Forked! is back on the 17th with a fantastic line up that showcases some wonderful regional poets and one of my personal inspirations, the highly gifted Sabrina Mahfouz. With an array of poetry projects under her belt, from sell out Fringe shows to numerous awards and residencies, Sabrina is sure to inspire you too. She will be joined by the gorgeous Lucy Lepchani, performing a selection of works including some pieces form new book Ladygardens – is that the best title ever or what! Not to mention Malaika Kegode and punk balladeer Julian Issacs. What a night it will be!
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Read the whole South West Snakebasket here.
From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
Summer is here, and you may have thought things would slow down a little. It’s understandable, hypothetical reader of this newsletter: you have a lot on. It’s also demonstrably wrong.
First and foremost, check out Smash the Song on the 14th – an event devoted to the union of poetry and music, and featuring Canada’s wildly talented CR Avery, Nottingham’s charismatic Deborah Stevenson, and Brum’s own all-powerful Beatfreeks. If the name of the event sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a Hit the Ode special – the regular flavour won’t return until September, so here’s your chance to get your fix.
July also marks the beginning of a new series of Power Plant masterclasses, designed to help poets make use of new media for creative and professional purposes. We start with a bang on the 25th and 26th July: the opportunity to work with veteran film-maker Pippa Riddick and create a slick video in just one day. This is free to attend, but places are strictly limited, so if you are a poet looking to build your online presence, run, don’t walk.
Poets’ Place sessions don’t stop for such trifling matters as holidays or high temperature – join us on the 5th and 19th for a supportive atmosphere, writing prompts, and, I’m told, more often than not, cake. What more do you need?
Don’t miss all the festival action in the region, either – all the details you need are after the jump.
Read the whole West Midlands Snakebasket here.