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Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

In this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, Jo Colley shines a light on North-East poet and editor SJ Litherland.

SJ Litherland is a brilliant poet and editor who lives in Durham. She has been published by Bloodaxe Books, Flambard Press and Iron Press, and has six collections to her name, with another one, Composition in White, awaiting publication. She is Editor in Chief of Vane Women and was for many years a member of Colpitts Poetry: arguably the organisers of the most prestigious poetry events …

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A Fond Farewell From Lucy Crompton-Reid

A Fond Farewell From Lucy Crompton-Reid

As Lucy Crompton-Reid prepares to say a fond farewell to her role as Director of Apples and Snakes, there’s just time to reflect on a few highlights from her time with the organisation…

Photo credit: Pamela Raith

It is with mixed feelings that I’m writing my last blog post as the Director of Apples and Snakes. Whilst I’m excited to start my new role as Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, the open knowledge charity, it is going to be a wrench to leave such an amazing organisation and …

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AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna is one of four spoken word artists who make up the core ensemble of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, a new theatrical spoken word show directed by award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva. Ahead of the tour, AJ explores what the evolving artform of spoken word really means today…

What is spoken word? This, I think, is a question we’re going to be asking a lot in the next few years. As the scene grows in response to the runaway success of artists like Kate Tempest and …

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Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva is an awarding winning poet, performer, and playwright known for her innovative explorations of language and voice in performance. As Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for September and Artistic Director of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, Hannah talks to us about the art of writing as performance.

I like to think of performing poetry as writing the poem right there in the moment of performance, discovering it with an audience, giving it breath and meaning. In performance the important thing is to do the writing …

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Praveena: Library Takeover

Praveena: Library Takeover

This week we talk to Praveena, a student participating in Library Takeover – an exciting new training programme for aspiring event producers aged 11-18 year and creative library staff.

I found out about the Library Takeover project via an e-mail from Croydon Library. The aim of Library Takeover is to encourage teenagers to visit the library more frequently, by producing an event in a library. I decided to apply because, the scheme offered me a chance to work with professional creative producers as well as other young people.

The first …

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THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour

THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour

In July, Apples and Snakes took to the road with The Last Poets, legendary spoken word artists born out of the civil rights movement of the late 60’s. We take a look back at the Speak Up Newcomers Tour…

Photo credit: Suzi Corker Photography

‘Before we can have a revolution we must have an evolution of self. If we only knew what we can do…’  – The Last Poets

Apples and Snakes were honoured to collaborate with The Last PoetsUmar Bin Hassahn, Abiodun Oyewole, and Babatunde

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Home Cooking: Discovering Albert by Ciarán Hodgers

Home Cooking: Discovering Albert by Ciarán Hodgers

Ciarán Hodgers explores the story of Albert D. Cashier who, on the 6th of August, still a teenager, enlisted into the 95th Illinois Infantry and fought in the American Civil War as part of the Union Army.

Private Albert D.J. Cashier died in October 1915, an Irish-born veteran of the American Civil War. Hailed as a brilliant soldier, marksman and skirmish leader he survived the war completely uninjured until he met his timely end in Watertown State Hospital Illinois, an insane asylum. He was considered insane by the …

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Dan Simpson: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

Dan Simpson: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

The second in our access-all-areas Fringe blog series, following Dan Simpson as he performs his new show Nerdsmith. Dan gives his ultimate tips to making the most of the Fringe as a performer.

  • Don’t do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: there’s enough to do to get into your own show without the stress of that ridiculous thing.
  • Do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: the Fringe is
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NO MORE WORRIES – The Tour So Far...

NO MORE WORRIES – The Tour So Far…

Hitting its third month on the road, No More Worries, a new solo show from spoken word artist Simon Mole, is picking up rave reviews. We take a look at the tour so far…

‘A couple of years ago I had an idea for a story. A story which involved two guys travelling round Britain in a VW camper…’

With five venues already under its belt, the six-month tour of Simon Mole’s solo venture, No More Worries, is in full swing and wowing audiences up and down …

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Tian Sewell-Morgan – Spoken Word: An Education

Tian Sewell-Morgan – Spoken Word: An Education

So far in this series we’ve heard the Educator’s side of SWEP. Now we turn the coin and talk to student Tian Sewell-Morgan, who testifies that the programme has transformed and enriched her education.

What I love most about the Spoken Word Educators Programme (SWEP) is the exposure to different cultures, to unknown realms of poetry and the various methods of engaging with the English language.

At GCSE and A-Level, Shakespeare has always been the highest hurdle to overcome for me because I found his work difficult to engage with. …

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