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Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green tells us about her experience of running workshops in a Lincolnshire care home, how she saw the young people grow more involved and gain self-confidence.

Over the past six weeks I have been running performance poetry workshops with a group of young girls aged between 14 and 19 in a care home in Lincolnshire. This was organised by Apples and Snakes, part of the Picture the Poet project, a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes.

My aim …

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Clair Whitefield – Chopping Chillies on the Road to Edinburgh

Clair Whitefield – Chopping Chillies on the Road to Edinburgh

Apples and Snakes associate artist Clair Whitefield gives us an insight into the birth and development of her show Chopping Chillies, which will be hitting the stage at Edinburgh Free Fringe this August.

In 2012, I broke my big toe twice in six weeks. This coincided with taking part in Apples and SnakesThe Word’s a Stage programme. The aim? To create a mini epic: a 20-minute piece of new work. Not being able to walk meant I could sit and write to my heart’s content. Since then, I’ve …

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The Sun Rises on The Midnight Run

The Sun Rises on The Midnight Run

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson talks to us about her experience of the sunset-to-sunrise poetic tour of London that is the Midnight Run. While most of us slept, she reclaimed the city streets.

At the time of writing it’s Friday 24th July – 5 days after the epic London Midnight Run that saw the journey of 140 people walk the concrete streets of London in an arts filled, dusk to dawn experience!

But where and how do I start writing about an experience unlike any other? I cast my thoughts back to …

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Apples and Snakes POTM: Yomi 'GREEds' Sode

Apples and Snakes POTM: Yomi ‘GREEds’ Sode

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month and Jawdance host Yomi Sode (a.k.a. GREEdS) talks to us about the highs and lows of showcasing his one-man show COAT.

I am excited and in good spirits at the moment. The Re:Play programme finished on July 25th.  I had the amazing opportunity of showcasing COAT.  Not sure if I prepared myself for how intense the programme would be. I laughed, cried and re-drafted over and over again.  I fell ill two days before show day! A tad bit disappointing.

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Home Cooking: Poets at Croome by Heather Wastie

Home Cooking: Poets at Croome by Heather Wastie

August’s Home Cooking poetry podcast is produced by the 2015 Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Heather Wastie. Featuring poems by: Maggie Doyle, Polly Robinson, Fergus McGonigal, Kurly McGeachie, Matt Windle, Heather Wastie, Spoz, Marcia Calame and Brenda Read-Brown.

A poetry trail around National Trust property, Croome Park near Worcester in which poets introduce themselves and their poems and also read extracts from a modern National Trust guidebook and Hortus Croomensis, published in 1824. The latter part of the recording describes four participatory poetry projects and drops in on the Worcestershire LitFest …

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Christian Foley - Spoken Word: An Education

Christian Foley – Spoken Word: An Education

With time over the summer holidays for retrospection, Christian Foley tells us how his involvement with the Spoken Word Educators programme has challenged his poetic practice and changed his ideas about community. 

In an educational climate characterised by the league table, the exam and the inspector’s clipboard, spoken word education has never been more necessary. Wider society is perhaps unaware of this, as are policy makers and government officials, and in fact, at one point, so was I.

I had been (haphazardly) running poetry workshops in schools for a few …

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Running up to the Epic London Midnight Run

Running up to the Epic London Midnight Run

Wow, tomorrow night I will be taking part in my first Midnight Run (MNR), as both Artist and participant.

So, what is this Midnight Run? I hear you say.  It’s the brain child of Inua Ellams, a ‘walking, night-time, arts-filled, cultural journey through a city’. Who is it for? ‘a typical Midnight Runner has a healthy sense of adventure and seeks experiences beyond the mainstream’. What happens exactly? ‘Our idea is to reclaim the streets of a city, to dispel the idea of ‘danger

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THE LAST POETS: Conversation. Music. Poetry.

THE LAST POETS: Conversation. Music. Poetry.

THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour 2015

‘The Last Poets are the prototype Rappers…They teach what America does to its Black men, what Black men do to themselves, and WHY!’ – Amiri Baraka.

Returning to the UK for the first time since 2013, godfathers of hip hop and spoken word legends THE LAST POETS will be headlining our Speak Up Newcomers Tour later this month. The tour will culminate in a special one-off event – An Audience with The Last Poets – at brand new London venue, Pop Brixton

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Home Cooking: Wrd Prty // Let's Talk Heritage

Home Cooking: Wrd Prty // Let’s Talk Heritage

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson explores what heritage and legacy means to a multi-cultural community in our latest Home Cooking poetry podcast.

“WRD PRTY // LET’S TALK HERITAGE is a recorded coming together from my home in Deptford, South-East London of people who make my personal and creative community. Putting forward our collective ideas of our multiple personal heritages. Exploring legacy, family and culture we share poetry, stories and memories as we delve into what the word heritage actually means to us, as 20 somethings going about life in racialised British society. …

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The Alternative Magna Carta Festival

The Alternative Magna Carta Festival

Lucy Crompton-Reid, Director at Apples and Snakes, gives an insight into The Alternative Magna Carta Festival taking place at Free Word Centre, Farringdon on Saturday 13 June.

As a founding member of Free Word, Apples and Snakes supports freedom of expression, and we are increasingly concerned about an erosion of civil liberties and the possibility of UK withdrawal from the European convention on Human Rights. Given this context, the official celebrations of the Magna Carta this year become deeply ironic, given its status as the template for limited and …

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