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Happy Holidays from Apples and Snakes!

Happy Holidays from Apples and Snakes!

So we’re coming to the end of another full and eventful year here at Apples and Snakes, and, we hope, in all of your lives. As we approach Christmas our national programme of events, artist development opportunities and participation and outreach projects starts to slow down, but 2015 is looking as busy as ever!

During 2014 we have been major partners on SPOKE, a yearlong programme of spoken word events and participation activities in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. Highlights of this programme …

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Edwinify yourself...

Edwinify yourself…

The email was from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The brief was to commission five poets to each write a poem inspired by their exhibition of Edwin Smith‘s photographs. I didn’t know the name, but as soon as I swept through the gallery doors, I realised I knew several of the images quite well. If you’ve lived in England for a number of decades, reading a particular kind of book, they’re the sort of things which will have wormed their way into your subconscious.

So far, so good. …

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The Poet on the Road: A Kaleidescope Equipped with Consciousness

The Poet on the Road: A Kaleidescope Equipped with Consciousness

Home Cooking: Poems from the Road is a podcast produced by Robin Vaughan-Williams and commissioned by Apples and Snakes. It will be broadcast 5–6pm on Hive Radio every Thursday in December 2014, and will subsequently be available to listen to on SoundCloud. For more about Poems from the Road, visit Robin’s website.

The road is many things to many people. Mostly, I suspect, it’s a bit of a blank. A place that eats up substantial chunks of our lives, yet largely ignored as we focus …

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Winter at Arvon 2014

Winter at Arvon 2014

 This December, Apples and Snakes joined forces with The Arvon Foundation to organise a poetry week for young writers. Young poet Carmina Masoliver-Marlow writes about her experience. 

Last week I went away on an Arvon course with Apples and Snakes and a big group of poets, mainly from The Writing Room project. I was excited to have a week away to focus on writing, but I was also nervous at the prospect of being with so many people. At the time I was rehearsing for a cabaret show at The

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Interned

Interned

Hi All,

My name’s Joe Moran and I’m here as one of your Friendly Neighborhood Digital and Marketing Interns. Unlike many of you reading this I don’t really have much experience in the realms of Spoken word and performance poetry; as such I’ll keep this short and sweet…

My background has been more geared towards the visual arts (in particular Sculpture and Installation), in fact most of my writing experience has come in the form of making up seventeen syllable words to describe niche areas of Contemporary Art.

This means …

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New Intern!

New Intern!

Hi everyone!

My name is Hermione Cameron, and I’m one of the new Digital Marketing interns. Apples and Snakes is an organisation I have admired for a while, and I’m very excited to be a part of the team! I moved to London a few months ago to start my masters in Creative and Life Writing. As somebody who grew up in a country village, the city can be pretty daunting, and I still feel like I spend most of my time trying (and failing) to avoid getting lost! However, …

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Read Our Lips at Barnard Castle

Apples and Snakes’ exciting new project, Read My Lips, teaches writers how to combine their poetry with film. Here, the writers involved share with us their experiences of the process.

Some time ago, we were contacted by Teesdale Words, a group of enthusiastic poets based around the very attractive market town of Barnard Castle. They had heard about the Read Our Lips project, where we teach poets to storyboard, film and edit their own filmpoems. Could their group take part? So one (mercifully) bright day in October, Laura Degnan

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ECF’s Idea Camp – Connected Action for Public Space

ECF’s Idea Camp – Connected Action for Public Space

Apples and Snakes’ Senior Associate Nicky Crabb reflects on her experiences taking part in the European Culture Foundation’s Idea Camp

The essential ingredients

Take one incredible, cutting edge building in a diverse European City, fill it with 50 idea makers from 23 countries, give it a good stir and leave them cooking for 3 intense days and voila you have an Idea Camp. This was the first time that the European Cultural Foundation, an independent foundation working across 63 countries, had partnered with their six hub partners to …

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One Million Men, And More - A Poem by Lucy Lepchani

One Million Men, And More – A Poem by Lucy Lepchani

Apples and Snakes commissioned poets from across England to help commemorate WW1.
This is Lucy Lepchani’s response.

One Million Men, and More is a response to an Apples and Snakes commission to commemorate WW1. It is about the participation of Indian troops in that war, and who comprised the largest volunteer army ever with over 1 million joining up and up to half a million others later recruited.

My earliest knowledge of India’s participation came via my British grandfather who fought with the 17th Lancers and who was …

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Jordan - Land of Stories by Sally Pomme Clayton

Jordan – Land of Stories by Sally Pomme Clayton

In her blog for Apples and Snakes and the British Council, Sally Pomme Clayton tells of her journey as an Apples and Snakes representative to the 7th Hakaya Festival 2014…

‘There was, and there was not, but all the same there was …’ is one way an Arabic fairytale can start. Stories take us to fantastic lands, to: the moon; underworld; glass mountain; a girl living at the bottom of a well; a prince with one arm and one wing; a flying horse. I was honoured to travel to Jordan

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