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DIGITAL AND MARKETING INTERNSHIP – AN INTERN’S THOUGHTS
Alice Frecknall

For many, the word ‘internship’ comes with a plethora of negative connotations speckling the spectrum from office dogsbody to stress-riddled, sleep-deprived labourer. So you can forgive a few nerves as I walked into the Apples and Snakes office at the start of April for my first day as Digital and Marketing Intern.

But it soon became clear that Apples and Snakes uphold a very different belief to many of what an internship should be, and work tirelessly to provide a solid training platform for all of their interns. Just a few hours in, and any fears I had were firmly laid aside; everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I got stuck into work straight away.

Over the first couple of weeks, I had meetings with each of the different teams within Apples and Snakes. Not only were these good opportunities to properly meet the rest of the staff, but they also allowed me to gain an insight into all areas of the organisation and gave me a better understanding of the wider work they do.

AlicePicCropSo far I have spent two busy months with the lovely people at Apples and Snakes, and in that time I have hopped from one digital platform to another, fathomed out how to navigate my way around the Excel maze that is a marketing campaign spreadsheet, and learnt how to schedule social media posts for way off in the future… that’s right, futuristic tweeting. Hootsuite is a God send!

From day one, Nina, the Marketing Coordinator, and Suzi, the Digital and Marketing Officer, have trusted me to work with them on important campaigns, and liaise with artists, colleagues, and venues along the way. I have prepared and added content to the Apples and Snakes website, learnt how to embed videos, resize images, and put together listings, and have finally made friends with the ever-frustrating world that is Photoshop – I even have my very own souvenir flyer to prove it.

What’s great about the Digital and Marketing Internship at Apples and Snakes is that there’s no one-size-fits-all ruling. Nina and Suzi have always taken my personal interests and skills into consideration and given me opportunities to incorporate these interests into my work. I have a background in creative writing, so Nina got me involved in helping to develop the Apples and Snakes blog, and allowed me to work on the marketing for The Writing Room, an initiative for young writers with a taste for spoken word. And, thanks to Suzi, I was even lucky enough to attend this year’s Live Literature Symposium at Norwich Arts Centre and spend the day live tweeting, and debating the brilliant topic of cross-arts collaboration.

I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with everyone at Apples and Snakes. And I am particularly thankful to Nina and Suzi who have both been so generous with their time, and forever patient when I still can’t figure out which Facebook persona I’m supposed to be using at any one time. The whole internship has been such an enriching, invaluable experience, and one that I feel has truly enhanced my future career prospects. But it’s also given me so much more than just professional skills; Apples and Snakes has come to feel like a base, a home that I know I can visit if ever I need to.

Apples and Snakes are currently seeking a new Digital and Marketing Voluntary Intern for a three month period. If you’re interested in a career in arts marketing, you won’t find a better place to start than here. For further details, visit the Apples and Snakes website here. Apply by Friday 13 June.

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#7 CATHERINE BROGAN

With the help of Sophie Hickson, Catherine will be coaching the hopefuls of Lammas School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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Catherine Brogan represented London in the UK Radio 4 Slam and was the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam winner 2011. She has been interviewed on the Radio 4 Today programme, and performed at Latitude, Cheltenham Literary Festival, The Edinburgh Book Festival, and Thames Festival.  She was voted Farrago best slam performer 2008 & 2009 and won the Belfast Poetry Cup. She has supported Skinny Man, Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest.

‘Catherine is witty, wise and a great entertainer. Her poetry makes the personal political & the political personal’ - Paul Burston Time Out

 

Catherine is currently studying on the MA Writer/Teacher course at Goldsmith’s and is part of Peter Kahn‘s Spoken Word Educator Programme. She has run workshops for ten years across the UK and in Kenya, and has spent five years running poetry workshops at festivals and in schools, libraries, museums, and youth clubs.

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SOPHIE HICKSON – Shadow Poet

Sophie Hickson (SophChei) is an emerging spoken word artist, raised in Cardiff, based in London.

With some feature sets under her belt, and a wealth of facilitation experience, Sophie is now meshing these skills and experiences working on Apples and Snakes run WordCup2014.

She’s also set up her own o2 think big funded project, running a series of free creative workshops for young people.

 

 

Follow Catherine and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | catbrogan.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#6 PETE BEARDER

With the help of Lewis Buxton, Pete will be coaching the hopefuls of Holy Family Catholic School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

TongueFu3‘A rabble-rousing, one-man riot of a performance poet’ - Fay Roberts, Poetry Kapow

Pete Bearder a.k.a Pete the Temp is a stand-up poet, a singer-songwriter and a damn fine administrator. His act combines high octane slap-stick poetry with musical comedy and audience participation.

Described by Chortle Magazine as ‘Poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas’, Pete has shared a stage with the likes of Stewart Lee and Bill Bailey. He also performs spoken word alongside the band Slamboree to audiences of 2000 plus.

Pete has worked with the British Council and been featured on BBC Radio 4, the World Service and Newsnight. He was the UK Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion (08/09), BBC Radio 4 South of England Slam Winner (09), Wychwood Festival Slam Champion (09) and Oxjam Slam Champion (07). Pete has now given up boxing.


`Bill Bailey got the most laughs closely followed by Pete The Temp’
- Oxford Mail

Pete co-founded Cyc du Soliel (a cycle and solar powered sound system). The system is used to do green themed performance poetry workshops and festival stages. He also hosts Cabaret Clandestino in his home town of Oxford. In 2010 Pete’s tour took him to Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Shambala and Secret Garden party among other places.

Pete is currently working on his first book of poetry. Later this year he will be touring with his stage show ‘Pete the Temp vs Climate Change!’

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LEWIS BUXTON- Shadow Poet

Lewis Buxton is a poet, musician, events producer, workshop leader, and member of Burn After Reading Collective.

Lewis frequents the open mic circuits across London and Norwich as both a poet and a musician. He indulges a plethora of genres to create his melodic folk-pop. As a poet, Lewis writes about London, love, friends, and walnuts.

 

 

Follow Pete and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | www.petethetemp.co.uk

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#5 RAYMOND ANTROBUS

With the help of Rachel Long, Raymond will be coaching the hopefuls of Cardinal Pole in Hackney towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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Raymond Antrobus is a Spoken Word poet, photographer and educator, born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets. Raymond’s work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue and recently at TedxEastEnd and in The Guardian.

His second collection  – Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus  – is published by Burning Eye Books. He writes a blog dedicated to Poetry-Films, Social Commentary, Interviews and Spoken Wordwww.raymondantrobus.com

“His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” – (Kwame Dawes)

 

Currently Raymond is completing the Writer/Teacher MA in Spoken Word Education at Goldsmith’s University. He is Hackney’s first Spoken Word educator and he teaches at Cardinal Pole Secondary School.

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RACHEL LONG – Shadow Poet

Rachel Long is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and creator of the ‘Lovely-Messy Mind’ artist’s network. She has performed her poetry, most notably, at the Olympic stadium and The Royal Festival Hall.

Published by The Emma Press, Forward Poetry, Away With Words and the Goldfish journal, she has also been commissioned by Apples & Snakes and SPOKE.

Rachel is a member of Jacob Sam La Rose‘s Burn After Reading Collective (BARPo) and is currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s University London.

 

Follow Raymond and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | www.raymondantrobus.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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#4 JOELLE TAYLOR

With the help of Will Tyas, Joelle will be coaching the hopefuls of St. Paul’s Academy in Greenwich towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

Photographer‘Fearless. She has guts, she has rhythm, she has attitude. This is poetry with purpose’
- Benjamin Zephaniah

Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, former UK slam champion, published poet, playwright and novelist, as well as the Artistic Director and UK Coach of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society. She has performed nationally and internationally for the British Council, touring both Zimbabwe and Botswana, and has performed at a diverse range of high profile venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Buckingham Palace, the 02 arena, Glastonbury Festival, the 100 Club, Shakespeare’s Globe and Trafalgar Square amongst many others.

A film of her performing has been recorded by NATE and sent to every secondary school in the UK.  She is also featured in a new film about 4 spoken word artists covering English heritage poems, along with Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish and Dizraeli. She is the curator of MotherFoucault, a spoken word burlesque show held at various venues around London including Whitechapel Art Gallery (Time Out Critic’s Choice).

‘Every second is crammed with dense dazzling word pictures’ - Time Out

 

She is a creative writing tutor for the Poetry School, the Poetry Society, Arvon Foundation, Holloway Prison and Apples and Snakes – and has led several Spoken Word Summer Camps across the UK. Each year she hosts National Poetry Day: Live at the Royal Festival Hall for the Poetry Society and is one of the Southbank Centre London Lines poets commissioned to write pieces reflecting the different boroughs of the city.

‘As addictive as the most uncensored gossip. Thrilling’ - The Stage

She is anthologised widely and has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, as well as hosting a weekly spoken word show for Reel Rebels Radio. Her poetry collection Ska Tissue is now in its second edition and her new collection The Woman Who was Not There is due to for release on Burning Eye books in early autumn 2014. She toured the UK over the summer, and hosted Glastonbury Festival. She was Poet in Residence at the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition in Buckingham Palace last year. Her novel Whorror Stories is due for publication in 2015.

will-tyas-photoWILL TYAS – Shadow Poet

Will Tyas is a poet, sound artist, and facilitator. He has worked with the Barbican Centre, Dulwich Library, and the Deptford Lounge.

Will has performed in venues all over London as a poet and musician, and his first play was performed at the Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton.

Follow Joelle and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
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WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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You’ve already met two of our wonderful WORDCUP2014 Poet Coaches, here’s the third…

#3 MALIKA BOOKER

With the help of Cecilia Knapp, Malika will be coaching the hopefuls of Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

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Malika Booker is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, whose work spans literature, education and cross-arts. She has appeared world-wide both independently and with the British Council. She is an experienced creative writing course leader and has run courses for various organisations including the Arvon Foundation, the Royal National Theatre and the Young Vic.

Malika jointly runs ‘Malika’s Kitchen’, a writers’ collective based in London and Chicago. Her latest play, Unplanned, opened in Spring 2007, with a run at Battersea Arts Centre and subsequent tour. Her book, Breadfruit, was published in 2007.

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CECILIA KNAPP – Shadow Poet

Cecilia Knapp is a spoken word poet who writes and performs extensively in the UK, both alone and with the London based poetry collective Early Doors. She is an alumni of the Camden Roundhouse’s prolific poetry mentoring scheme and has performed at some of London’s most prestigious poetry nights, completed two successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and lent her talent on stages at several festivals including Bestival and Secret Garden Party. She also works regularly in schools, leading spoken word workshops and encouraging young people to pick up a pen and write.

 

Follow Malika and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | malikabooker.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Yesterday we introduced you to Adam Kammerling, the first of out WORDCUP2014 Poet Coaches. Today we meet the second…

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

#2 LAURIE BOLGER

With the help of Kes Gill-Martin, Laurie will be coaching the hopefuls of Eastlea Comprehensive School in Newham towards the WORDCUP2014 final!

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Laurie Bolger is a London based stand-up poet and presenter. She hosts the popular stand-up poetry night, as featured on Channel 4, BANG Said The Gun as well as her own spoken word radio show “Round @ Laurie’s” live from Camden’s iconic Roundhouse.

Laurie has toured the festival circuit, and has gigged at venues such as the 02 Arena and the Olympic Park. She also facilitates poetry, song-writing and storytelling workshops with a range of groups around the UK.


KES GILL-MARTIN – Shadow Poet

Kes is a Spoken Word Artist, an Actor and a Theatre-Maker. The thing that joins these various threads together is a love of stories and a love of sharing them.
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Kes’s first experiences as a Spoken Artist came during the course of the Writing Room project run by Apples & Snakes in 2013. It was here he learned that he could write, and that he liked it!

Since then he has performed his own words at various venues including the Southbank Centre, Rich Mix and The Albany.

In 2013 Kes co-founded Hit The Ground. A theatre company with a commitment to playfulness and risk, they have already been supported by Free Word Centre, IdeasTap, Lyiric Hammersmith and the Barbican Centre.

 

 

Follow Laurie and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014
applesandsnakes.org | lauriebolger.com

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Over the next couple of weeks we will be introducing the ten Poet Coaches of WORDCUP2014!

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

#1 ADAM KAMMERLING

With the help of Zia Ahmed, Adam will be coaching the hopefuls of Eastbury School in Dagenham towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!

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                             Incorporating poetry, rap, theatre and comedy to push the boundaries of spoken word.


Adam Kammerling
cut his teeth at the open-mic cyphers and rap battles of the Brighton hip-hop scene. Since 2008 he has been performing spoken word across the UK and overseas.

Weaving numerous voices through his own, he incorporates elements of poetry, rap, theatre and comedy to create immersive, engaging works that poke at the boundaries of performance poetry, trying to annoy it. His work licks the finer and grimier sludge from the dinner plate of everyday life, celebrating the minutiae with an observant eye and a healthy dose of surreal humour.


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is the Hammer And Tongue UK Slam Champion 2012, the Hackney Slam Champion 2011 and the Brighton Slam Champion 2010. He is also the newest member of the Chill Pill Poetry Collective.

He has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude, countless other festivals, and at the BBC. His poetry has taken him to Poland, Ireland and New York. He has dirtied theatres in Soho, Deptford and Bristol, and has performed all over the South of England with his collaborative musical projects.

ZIA AHMED – Shadow Poet

ZiaAhmedZia Ahmed is an emerging poet and performer. He has performed at Tongue Fu, Elephant in the Hub, and Bang Said the Gun. He is the 2011 Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion and a member of the Elephant Collective, a collective of writers and performers who have traveled the world, performing their work at festivals such as Bestival and Camp Festival. They have also featured on BBC radio and CNN.

 
Follow Adam and the rest of the coaches on Twitter as they prepare for #WORDCUP2014

applesandsnakes.org | adamkammerling.co.uk

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Apples and Snakes’ Snakebaskets are monthly newsletters tailored for each region we work in. Here you will find lots of exciting spoken word stuff and more about what we are up to in your area. These are extracts – sign up here to receive the whole message! 

“just wanted to say thanks for one of the best poetry-info emails I’ve ever received. Hope to attend at least a couple of the events – brilliant!” London Snakebasket reader.

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And the main news: no Jawdance at Rich Mix this month. If you do turn up on the fourth Wednesday, you will be treated to the poetry of Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran on the big screen instead. We will, however, have a special one-off Jawdance in Barking on the 5th.  And there’s another extra open mic coming up very soon indeed: U Talk 2 Much on Sunday 1 June, up in sunny Holloway. Two sterling opportunities to take that mic.

On the 24th, we’re co-presenting Utter!‘s Spoken Word History show, headlined by Phill Jupitus of Bottom Knocker Street fame. And looking ahead, on the 2nd July, Clair Whitefield and Jess Holly Bates will be unveiling a double-bill of exciting new solo shows from both sides of the globe. Just after that, on the 4th July will see the next in our Queer’Say series of LGBT shows.

Speaking of which, we have a masterclass in Putting Together a Solo Show, courtesy of the winsome Mr Nick Field. That’s on the 16th, so reserve your place now. And there’s a masterclass in slam poetry with Peter Kahn a mere two days later.

Our touring exhibition Picture The Poet is currently on its Norwich leg, and that’ll be culminating in a performance on the 20th, if anyone fancies the trek to Alan Partridge Central.

Meanwhile, our SPOKE project carries on at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Watch our website for news of residencies, community poems and our big big big Word Cup 2014 tournament. Also look out for news of our No Panic project in Sutton, too – proof that we’ve got the whole capital pretty much covered. AND Croydon Word Fest continues, with a series of workshops throughout June.

Lastly, we’d like to tell you about the #feelingnuts initiative, drawing attention to testicular cancer. If you’ve got a poem about feeling nuts (in any sense of the term), send it to russell@applesandsnakes.org – and also to #feelingnuts – and there’ll be a small poetry prize for the writer of the best one. Wahey!

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June! Already? How did that happen?? Like the ineffable glory of each sunrise, the spoken word just keeps coming…

JibbaJabba on Thursday 26 June is a whopping double-header, featuring the fantastic Keith Jarrett (slam champion, described by Sabotage Reviews as “a bit of a dude”) AND Jess Holly Bates (over from New Zealand).

Scratch Tyne offers all you poets the chance to work on writing and performing in character, led by the immensely talented Mike Edwards on the 15th. Plus there is an extra, Apples-endorsed workshop coming your way – Moments of Epiphany on Saturday 7 June, courtesy of those most excellent poets and editors at Butcher’s Dog Magazine, followed by their issue 3 launch party. PLUS, why not try writing for kids? The awesome Polarbear is here on the 28th to show you how. Oh yeah, only bleedin’ POLARBEAR! (squeals like a groupie).

And throughout the month, why not tune into Home Cooking every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm. This month we celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas with award-winning poet Mab Jones and a massive list of featured poets, including an interview with Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Hello!

There’s exciting things afoot in the South East this month!

The Kent-wide bicycle-powered youth slam starts to take shape- Spoke ‘n’ Word (see what we did there?) begins to bear fruit at the first of three local youth slams, this one onboard art-ship LV21 in Gillingham as part of Fuse Festival Friday 13 – Sunday 15 June.

Young poets will be sharing their words as they vie for places in the regional grand final at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury in September. If you know anyone between the ages of 14 and 21 who’d like to take part in the Canterbury leg of the Spoke ’n’ Word project – check it out!

Meanwhile, in Southampton, we’re welcoming one of the tallest poets on the circuit, the aptly named Longfella, who, amongst other achievements, wrote the poem that accompanied the unveiling of the statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford – but there’s much, much more to the big lad up front than football. Come along to 451 on the 16th and have a listen

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Jump into June with a jam packed first week of spoken word shenanigans!

This Sunday (1st June) join Spokes Amaze on location at Exeter Respect Festival, as we take to the Widsith & Deor Cabaret Tipi, 1-2.30pm. We have a super-sized Ready Steady Slam and some top notch regional artists lined up to entertain amongst the fields, mud and music. Check out the website here.

I am really excited to announce that from Monday 2 June BABBLE will be stampeding onto the Bike Shed Theatre stage for four whole nights! This is a night like no other, as the crème de la crème of local poetry teams fight it out for haiku supremacy, with Quizmaster Jack Dean holding the reigns. Come support this one off show and more importantly the talented local poets taking part, it’s going to be total lyrical lunacy and hilarity, well worth a naughty late night!

Later in the Month, be sure to head to Barnstable for the fabulous Fringe Theatrefest. This year there’s a plethora of impressive spoken word on the programme, including Apples and Snakes supported show: Quint-essentially Spectacular Vernacular! from the 19th-21st June.

Join our Facebook group to keep up to date with what’s going on between the baskets!

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In partnership with Apples and Snakes, SPOKE presents

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WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from 10 schools in East London get the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.

Coinciding with the football World Cup, the project is inspired by teams coming together to celebrate a particular passion – for the World Cup it’s football, for WORDCUP it’s words!

Coming soon…look out for the announcement of our highly anticipated WORDCUP2014 judges, along with our exciting special feature acts! #WORDCUP2014

Meet the teams of professional poets and shadow poets working across our 10 East London schools:

Adam Kammerling with Zia Ahmed at Eastbury School in Barking and Dagenham
Laurie Bolger with Kes Gill-Martin at Eastlea Comprehensive School in Newham
Malika Booker with Cecilia Knapp at Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets
Joelle Taylor with Will Tyas at St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich
Raymond Antrobus with Rachel Long at Cardinal Pole in Hackney
Pete Bearder with Lewis Buxton at Holy Family Catholic School in Waltham Forest
Catherine Brogan with Sophie Hickson at Lammas School in Waltham Forest
Indigo Williams with Antosh Wojak at St Gabriel’s College in Lambeth
Keith Jarrett with Maria Ferguson at Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney
Dean Atta with Sophie Fenella Robinski at Buxton School in Waltham Forest

WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.SPOKE-3-E.SIG

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, SWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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