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Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Apples and Snakes’ Regional Co-ordinator, Kirsten Luckins talks to us about her time running workshops, making poetry and kicking some serious (eye) balls with the Tees Women Poets at the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (that’s ‘mima’ to you!)

It was a real pleasure for me and the Tees Women Poets to be involved in another mima exhibition last weekend, as we’d been hoping for a return ever since our highly successful performance in the Louise Bourgeois exhibition last year.

The fab curatorial team at mima invited us (and many …

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A Lie

A Lie

Hi, Francesca here, lurching out of my social media black-out cave (like Fight Club, but just me) to talk about my new show, A Lie. Honestly, it’s a misleading title. The show explores imagination, memory, language and the stories we tell about ourselves. It asks the question: ‘How do we know what is real and what is make believe?’

I haven’t yet been able to answer that question. Fortunately, I did find the answer to these questions:

‘What is the meaning of life?’
‘Who are we?’ and
‘What were we …

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A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

In our second entry from one of our Writing Room participants, Cecilia Knapp talks about her time at Arvon, accessing old memories as part of a week’s writing retreat.

Lumb Bank

I’ve just got back from Arvon to a grey, busy and loud London where quite frankly there aren’t enough open fires, communal dinners and writing sessions.

Arvon is a charity that runs residential creative writing courses and retreats. I was lucky enough to go to their Hebden Bridge centre, which is Ted Hughes’ old house. A big stone cottage …

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A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

Sunset over Lumb Bank

At the start of the year, we teamed up with Arvon to give a group of our budding writers from Apples and Snakes’ The Writing Room the opportunity to take part in a week’s writing residency. The Writing Room offers a safe environment for young poets to write and share work with peers under the guidance of some of the UK’s top professional spoken word artists. Erin Bolens guest-blogs about her time at Arvon, Lumb Bank. 

I am writing this after three days of reacclimatising myself …

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New Apples and Snakes Leadership Announced!

New Apples and Snakes Leadership Announced!

Lisa Mead and Robert Saunders | Photo credit: Suzi Corker Photography

We’re very excited to announce the appointment of a new leadership team at Apples and Snakes.

Lisa Mead has become Artistic Director and Robert Saunders the Administrative Director.

Chris Elwell, Chair of Trustees at Apples and Snakes stated:

“The trustees are delighted to make these appointments. In a first for Apples and Snakes we have chosen joint chief executives that together will provide innovative, artistic ambition while ensuring that the business continues to provide a safe and secure

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Libraries Out Loud! Speak Up For Libraries!

Libraries Out Loud! Speak Up For Libraries!

Today authors, writers, journalists, poets, librarians, campaigners and people from across the country came together to lobby for libraries at Central Hall Westminster in London, to Speak Up For Libraries. Reflecting on National Libraries Day, 9 February, writer Karin Slaughter says to The Guardian “libraries saved me, now they need rescuing.”

The long term value that libraries give back to the community is immeasurable, here’s performance poet and author A F Harrold talking about his early experiences of libraries, how important they were and are to him, and

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HOME COOKING: A Bilingual Poet in Schools by Michaël Vidon

HOME COOKING: A Bilingual Poet in Schools by Michaël Vidon

In this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, bilingual poet Michaël Vidon explores the status of home languages at home and in school.

This podcast results from the work I have done in Redlands Primary School performing my poems, running multilingual poetry workshops and interviewing children and teachers on their relationships with languages at home and at school.

I have worked with a Year 5 class and a Year 6 class on idioms they have heard in English and home languages. This was the start of a reflection on the status …

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Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

Sky Hawkins | Photo credit: Suzi Corker

Continuing on from the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we chatted with featured artist, Sky Hawkins, about her time facilitating student workshops at Sunderland College. 

I was very excited when I was told I would be working with thirteen second year students from Sunderland College. They had all performed other people’s poetry but never their own. In six weeks, my job was to inspire them to write their own poetry for the first time and be ready …

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Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Kicking off our Poet of the Month blog series for 2016 is the fabulous Paula Varjack. She tells us what she’s getting up to with all things poetry and performance…

Though I have been writing as long as I can remember, in a scene where most of my friends began performing in their teens or twenties, I started late.  Last year, performing at Jibba Jabba in Newcastle (thanks to Apples and Snakes) I celebrated my 37th birthday, and was struck by the fact I had now been an artist …

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The Burning House: a collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading

The Burning House: a collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading

In this month’s Home Cooking Poetry Podcast, spoken word duo Post-Everything collaborate with Burn After Reading collective to explore the loss of home and heritage…

A burning house made from sound. Five voices salvage all they can from the wreckage. A navigation of all that we lose, find and construct in times when facing the loss of what we consider home and our heritage.

A collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading. Post-Everything is Antosh Wojcik and Will Tyas. The featured Burn After Reading poets are Carmina Masoliver

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