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SPINE Festival - Meet the Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham

SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham

Ahead of SPINE Festival in March, we’re getting to know some of the boroughs involved, next up… Bromley and Lewisham

Introducing Bromley…

There are 14 libraries across the borough of Bromley, providing the local community with an array of great facilities and meeting places, including rooms and halls for hire.

Bromley Central Library is the largest of all the libraries in the borough, with a diverse programme of reading groups and children’s activities taking place throughout each month.

Visit Beckenham Library in the borough of Bromley …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival – Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Brent, Jared Louche, tells us why he feels projects like SPINE are important, why he’s excited to be involved, and what he has in store for everyone at Harlesden Library.

I’m currently involved in SPINE Festival as Artist in Residence at Harlesden Library in the borough of Brent. I’m a poet, performer, rock star, writer, photographer and workshop facilitator. For the past fifteen years I’ve been working at the nexus of the Arts, Education and Health Care. I facilitate writing, art and …

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SPINE Festival - Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Festival – Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Artist in Residence for Hounslow, Rachel Sambrooks, tells us all about her work as a writer and performer, and gives us the inside scoop from Hounslow Central Library…

Adventuring with Words at Hounslow Library

I’ve been a writer and performer for many years doing lots of different projects. I love making up poems and stories, telling old stories and making people laugh. Young people are my favourite audience! I’m really excited to be working within Hounslow Central Library and I’ve already met some brilliant writers and performers.

At the …

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SPINE Festival - Meet the boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

SPINE Festival – Meet the boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Find out about the SPINE Festival boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Introducing Bexley…

The borough of Bexley is home to 10 libraries, housing a wide range of resources, and hosting an exciting mix of regular activities for children, young people, and adults.

Central Library, Bexleyheath is the main Library for the borough, with a great variety of books and activities for all ages and meeting rooms available for hire.

Visit Central Library, Bexleyheath on Saturday 7 March for a special SPINE Festival showing of Half Moon Theatre‘s Pop-Up

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SPINE Festival - Meet the boroughs of Waltham Forest & Brent

SPINE Festival – Meet the boroughs of Waltham Forest & Brent

Continuing our SPINE Festival introductions, we’re excited to bring you the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent.

Introducing Waltham Forest…

Waltham Forest Libraries are much more than places where books are stored. Residents and visitors to the 8 libraries can access a huge range of services and a great programme of regular events; from free internet access to open mic nights – Waltham Forest have it covered!

Within the borough, Walthamstow Library, Lea Bridge Library, and North Chingford Library are thrilled to be hosting events as part of …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Sutton Artist in Residence Andy D'Cruz

SPINE Festival – Introducing Sutton Artist in Residence Andy D’Cruz

Over the coming weeks we’ll be getting to know our five SPINE Artists in Residence.

First up… Andy D’Cruz tells us all about his work as a sound and installation artist, and why he’s excited to be involved in SPINE.

So everyone tells me how far Sutton is from… well, everywhere, I guess. I take a deep breath and check it out on TFL. Doesn’t look too bad actually, but I can’t quite bring myself to believe it. I fly through two tube journeys to the end of each respective …

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SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud

SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud

SPINE FESTIVAL: LIBRARIES OUT LOUD
Celebrating arts and literature across London libraries

Thursday 5 March – Sunday 15 March 2015

Kicking off on World Book Day, Thursday 5 March, SPINE Festival brings London communities together to celebrate the arts and literature in libraries. Through an exciting programme of FREE events including music, poetry, storytelling, visual art, dance and drama, SPINE Festival gives children, young people, families and local communities the chance to get involved in fun activities, performances, and creative workshops with top professional artists.

11 boroughs, 33 …

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What Happens When you Give Video Cameras to Poets? (with Jo Colley)

What Happens When you Give Video Cameras to Poets? (with Jo Colley)

As we prepare for the third annual Read Our Lips Filmpoem Competition, north-east coordinator Kirsten Luckins has a chat with the first ever winner, Jo Colley. Details of how to enter your filmpoem into this year’s competition can be found at the bottom of the page.

You won the 2013 Read Our Lips with ‘Dream On.’ Had you made many filmpoems before that one?
I had made two or three film poems before this one – but then there was a gap, and really I had lost confidence. The

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What Happens When You Give Video Cameras to Poets? (with Julie Egdell)

What Happens When You Give Video Cameras to Poets? (with Julie Egdell)

 

As we prepare for the third annual Read Our Lips Filmpoem Competition, north-east coordinator Kirsten Luckins has a chat with one of last year’s winners, Julie Egdell. Details of how to enter your filmpoem into this year’s competition can be found at the bottom of the page.

You won the prize for ‘Best First Film’ in 2014 with ‘Carly’s Downtime’ – what made you decide to make and enter a film?
I’m interested in poetry across art forms but always thought you needed funding and professionals to …

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Poet of the Month: Mama Tokus

Poet of the Month: Mama Tokus

The Apples and Snakes Poet of The Month is our way of presenting to you some of our favourite poets working across the country. As our first poet of 2015 we’ve selected Mama Tokus to occupy this position and as such she’s taken some time out of her busy schedule (hosting both Forked! and Homecooking) to reflect on the past year.

Well, Happy New me!

It’s the first month of 2015 and Apples and Snakes have picked me to be Poet of the Month. It’s like my own New Year’s …

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