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Home Cooking Season 4: Don't Shout You're Out!

Home Cooking Season 4: Don’t Shout You’re Out!

The fourth season of Home Cooking podcasts commissioned by Apples and Snakes shifts focus to Europe, hear from poets and collectives across England.

This month’s podcast was recorded during a live poetry event Don’t Shout, You’re Out! in Birmingham, where poets and rappers perform commissioned pieces of work on the themes of both staying IN and EXITing the EU. Which way will the live audience be swayed? Followed by a topical discussion on points raised.

You can tune in through the Blog and on our MixCloud channel for a different

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A White Man Walks into a Bookshop: My Experiences With(out) Diversity in Literature

A White Man Walks into a Bookshop: My Experiences With(out) Diversity in Literature

Writer and blogger Kaysha Woollery discusses diversity in literature and asks… ‘does the fight for diversity in our bookshelves further tokenise the BAME writer?’

I recently saw the live stream of Complicite’s The Encounter, recorded at The Barbican. It was enjoyable; Simon McBurney’s performance was excellent, but a moment in it struck me. A moment towards the beginning that made me question who his audience really was. In explaining a typical evening of reading bedtime stories to his children, he said something to suggest that maybe it wasn’t …

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Kim Moore – Picture the Poet in Carlisle

Kim Moore – Picture the Poet in Carlisle

Poet Kim Moore tells us about the inspirational work of Dove Cottage Young Poets as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Picture the Poet exhibition in Carlisle…

When Apples and Snakes got in touch to ask if I’d be interested in running some workshops around the Picture the Poet exhibition, I was really excited, and even more excited about the opportunity to run the workshops with the Dove Cottage Young Poets, a group of young writers that I’ve been working with for the last couple of years.

Dove Cottage

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Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq blogs about 15 inner city poets, sent out into the depths of the British countryside for 5 days of hardcore poetry writing, bound by the laws of digital detox, outnumbered by sheep and facing new levels of unpolluted air – will they make it out alive?

Sharpen your pencils, this is Lumb Bank 2016 *cue hans zimmer soundtrack*. Okay, so it might not have been as dramatic as the trailer begets: the air was airsquisite (ahem), the fluffy sheep kept at a safe distance and *spoiler alert* we …

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Jenny Lindsay: Picture the Poet at Tullie House, Carlisle

Jenny Lindsay: Picture the Poet at Tullie House, Carlisle

Writer of spoken word poetry and theatre Jenny Lindsay talks Picture The Poet workshops, character journeys, and performance confidence at Tullie House. 

I was thrilled to be part of this project. As a spoken word educator based in Scotland, it was great to be able to cross the border to meet fine young poets – even when crossing the border meant replacement buses and diverted routes!

Speaking of diverted routes: the group I was working with came to these workshops from backgrounds not in spoken word, theatre, poetry …

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Home Cooking: Poems from the Roman Road

Home Cooking: Poems from the Roman Road

What happens when you put a poet in a Roman Museum? Dan Simpson is here to tell us, in this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, Poems from the Roman Road.

After walking from London to Canterbury – meeting PhD students and archeologists, and visiting sites of historical interest along the way – poet Dan Simpson is in-residence at Canterbury’s Roman Museum. He’s written poems in response to the artefacts and the people he’s met on the project.

In this hour, he’ll share the poems he’s created and the discoveries he’s …

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Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Performance poet Sara Hirsch blogs about her exciting future travels. Here’s to adventure, touring, and Spoken Word discoveries across the globe.

This time next week I will be hovering somewhere in the sky, possibly just over China, mid way through the 36 hours it takes to get to the other side of the world, as I embark on my first international tour as a performance poet. Now, that is a sentence I never thought I would write!

I am over the moon to officially announce that, after a successful …

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Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long, SPINE Festival 2016’s Poet in Residence, takes to the blog to share her experiences of roaming London libraries, and creating a specially commissioned poem…

It was an honour to be invited to be this year’s SPINE Festival Poet in Residence. This meant that rather than being stationed in one library, I had the freedom to spread the SPINE Festival programme out on my bed like a map and plot a route of things to see and do in as many London libraries as I wished – the …

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Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

We’re thrilled to receive funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to create an archive for spoken word. Over the coming months Archive Coordinator, Russell Thompson, will be bringing you the latest excavations from the Spoken Word Archive, as he uncovers rare sound and video recordings, photographs, and press cuttings, piecing together the artform’s exciting cultural heritage. So here’s the first #ArchiveExcavation to whet your appetite…

Welcome to the first Archive Excavation, our regular bulletin from the bowels of the archive cupboard. Each week we’ll dig up a flyer, a photo, …

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PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

As we close the book on SPINE Festival 2016, Paul Lyalls, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, talks poetry with primary students, mums, and young ones at Askew Road Library… and giant books too!

For 3 days Askew Road Library (in downtown Hammersmith and Fulham) became the centre of the universe (or one of them) as SPINE Festival big-banged into life. There were non-stop class visits, all action baby bounces, poetry parachutes, Under 5’s in overdrive and one enormous-as-can-be book:  ‘The Askew Road Library Big book of poetry’. The book was …

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