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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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Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Poet Sai Murray talks to us about Picture the Poet and working with youth organisation Roundabout.

It was a real pleasure to work with the youth organisation Roundabout and to help uncover some of the creative talents that the young people possess. After over-coming the ‘poetry boundary’ – the traditional hurdle of poetry being viewed as something to be studied in books rather than a fluid, live, interactive medium of expression – we enjoyed conversations that ranged from blokes and banter, to loneliness, hostel life and biscuits.

In the process, …

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A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

As SPINE Festival comes to a close, we look back over a packed programme of more than 50 free arts and literature events that took place in libraries across London.

‘It can feel like society is signposting us — Do art here but not over here, that’s not an ‘ART’ space — but we live and breathe creativity wherever we are’ – Rachel Sambrooks, Hounslow Artist in Residence

Pop-Up Flashback with Joseph Coelho

This first ever pan-London libraries festival, brought communities together in 33 libraries across 11 London boroughs to …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

As SPINE Festival comes to an end, we catch up with Artist in Residence for Southwark, Gemma Coldicott.

‘What’s in the box?’…Wonder no more. Reflections on SPINE Festival.

The workshops are all over, the sharing shared and the solander box closed. SPINE was a brilliant 4 weeks, during which time I met and danced with 102 children aged between 3-10yrs old with and without disabilities. Oh, and there was also a cheerful (more senior) lady who occasionally joined in our warm ups.

The sharing was full of surprises, as the …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

We catch up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence Jared Louche for all the latest from Harlesden Library…

These past few weeks, ensconced in the throbbing heart of Harlesden Library, have been one glorious ride through the Land Of Magnificent:

deliriously crazy busy hours of knotting and unknotting tales,
hectic mania of tumbling activity,
explosive excitement of pushing pencils leaving their pirouette shavings and seed-sprouting poems behind.

They’ve been weeks of snipping scissors shearing
blind, blank pages into
rhythmic dots and jots of
colour and creation.

They’ve been …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Rachel Sambrooks: Adventures in Hounslow

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Rachel Sambrooks: Adventures in Hounslow

With SPINE Festival getting off to a great start, we caught up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, Rachel Sambrooks, at Hounslow Central Library to hear all about it!

Adventures in Hounslow…

Hounslow Library is integrated into the bustle of modern life. It’s at the top of the Treaty Shopping Centre, it’s busy and filled with families at the weekend, often stopping off during their shopping trip. It’s heartening to see how many people have embraced the workshops and Word Quest. We left some activities up and there …

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SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D'Cruz: The Journey Begins...

SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D’Cruz: The Journey Begins…

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Sutton, Andy D’Cruz, tells us about the exciting ‘Home is…’ project he’s been kick-starting at Circle Library.

The Journey Begins…

It’s the first day of my SPINE Festival project and I am meeting the team at Circle Library in Sutton, preparing materials and discussing ideas. Whilst I’m waiting, I take some photos of the surrounding houses as a starting point for the project. I begin to look for differences and diversity in the buildings and soon realise that the houses are all pretty …

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