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Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Preserving our history. Securing our future.

Spoken word and performance poetry is a vibrant, growing and diverse artform that is often marginalised. Since it relies heavily on oral tradition, it is essential that we act now to record and preserve a cultural heritage that is in danger of being lost – a cultural heritage that has reflected and influenced many social and political movements over the last 30-plus years. Apples and Snakes are thrilled to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a Living Archive for Spoken …

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Pete Bearder – The Best Poetry Slam in the World

Pete Bearder – The Best Poetry Slam in the World

Spoken word artist Pete Bearder (a.k.a. Pete the Temp) heads to Berlin in search of The Best Slam in the World…

I am at The Best Slam in the World. Seriously, that’s its name – ‘Der Beste Slam in Der Welt’. Big name poets, on a small island, observed by a 400 strong audience on an adjacent beach. Where? The suburbs of West Berlin. Yes, a slam held on a lake, with a fake beach, surrounded by a wooded park, deep in suburbia. I’ve been to a …

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Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky by Holly Daffurn

Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky by Holly Daffurn

In this month’s Home Cooking Poetry Podcast, author and poet Holly Duffurn explores the relationship between creativity and mental illness, and the use of poetry as an expressive tool…

Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky is a collection of poetry, literary snapshots and insights that explores the subject of inherited mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder/manic depression. One of the intentions of this podcast is to encourage others to use poetry as a tool to express their deep-rooted inherited tendencies.

How do manic words taste on a balanced tongue? How …

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Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

As Public Address heads towards its third stop on the Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Jasmine Gardosi talks about the necessity of stepping out of your comfort zone…

This Public Address Tour is a show full of poets making themselves uncomfortable – in the good sort of way.

Photo credit: Suzi Corker Photography

We have Helen Seymour who literally can’t seem to get comfortable on any of her on-stage seats. We have Justin Coe pushing himself beyond his usual territory of children’s audiences. We have AJ McKenna performing through a mouthful …

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Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Ahead of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Justin Coe talks poetry, performance, and perfecting the political rant…

I don’t suppose I could change your mind, could I?

Photo credit: Suzi Corker Photography

Perhaps if I was a proper ranting poet, I wouldn’t bother asking. I’d just get out there and say what I felt, no messing. The first poet I saw live was Attila The Stockbroker, way back in 1994. Rude rhymes, angry songs and surreal social commentary; I loved it. I never knew it was possible …

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Kayo Chingonyi: Naming something that is at the limits of naming

Kayo Chingonyi: Naming something that is at the limits of naming

Kayo Chingonyi, poet in residence at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, explores the concept of naturalness in relation to language…

Photo credit: Naomi Woddis

As part of my role as commissioned poet for the Nuffield Council on Bioethicsnaturalness project, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we use language and also how language resists these uses. Many of the questions and comments that came out of the recent roundtable hosted by the Council (at which they introduced a draft of their report on the way the terms …

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Shagufta K: No Longer Is Writing A Lonely Business

Shagufta K: No Longer Is Writing A Lonely Business

Ahead of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Shagufta K talks to us about the importance of collaborative creative environments…

When I returned to writing after taking some maternity leave from my full time job, writing and motherhood seemed completely compatible. But after a few months of writing in isolation, at unsociable breastfeeding hours, in between baby naps and on Friday nights. It occurred to me that this idea that writers can write anywhere and everywhere is a myth. Yes there are times when inspiration hits you and you …

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Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

In this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, Jo Colley shines a light on North-East poet and editor SJ Litherland.

SJ Litherland is a brilliant poet and editor who lives in Durham. She has been published by Bloodaxe Books, Flambard Press and Iron Press, and has six collections to her name, with another one, Composition in White, awaiting publication. She is Editor in Chief of Vane Women and was for many years a member of Colpitts Poetry: arguably the organisers of the most prestigious poetry events …

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A Fond Farewell From Lucy Crompton-Reid

A Fond Farewell From Lucy Crompton-Reid

As Lucy Crompton-Reid prepares to say a fond farewell to her role as Director of Apples and Snakes, there’s just time to reflect on a few highlights from her time with the organisation…

Photo credit: Pamela Raith

It is with mixed feelings that I’m writing my last blog post as the Director of Apples and Snakes. Whilst I’m excited to start my new role as Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, the open knowledge charity, it is going to be a wrench to leave such an amazing organisation and …

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AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna is one of four spoken word artists who make up the core ensemble of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, a new theatrical spoken word show directed by award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva. Ahead of the tour, AJ explores what the evolving artform of spoken word really means today…

What is spoken word? This, I think, is a question we’re going to be asking a lot in the next few years. As the scene grows in response to the runaway success of artists like Kate Tempest and …

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