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Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Performance poet Sara Hirsch blogs about her exciting future travels. Here’s to adventure, touring, and Spoken Word discoveries across the globe.

This time next week I will be hovering somewhere in the sky, possibly just over China, mid way through the 36 hours it takes to get to the other side of the world, as I embark on my first international tour as a performance poet. Now, that is a sentence I never thought I would write!

I am over the moon to officially announce that, after a successful …

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Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long, SPINE Festival 2016’s Poet in Residence, takes to the blog to share her experiences of roaming London libraries, and creating a specially commissioned poem…

It was an honour to be invited to be this year’s SPINE Festival Poet in Residence. This meant that rather than being stationed in one library, I had the freedom to spread the SPINE Festival programme out on my bed like a map and plot a route of things to see and do in as many London libraries as I wished – the …

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Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

We’re thrilled to receive funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to create an archive for spoken word. Over the coming months Archive Coordinator, Russell Thompson, will be bringing you the latest excavations from the Spoken Word Archive, as he uncovers rare sound and video recordings, photographs, and press cuttings, piecing together the artform’s exciting cultural heritage. So here’s the first #ArchiveExcavation to whet your appetite…

Welcome to the first Archive Excavation, our regular bulletin from the bowels of the archive cupboard. Each week we’ll dig up a flyer, a photo, …

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PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

As we close the book on SPINE Festival 2016, Paul Lyalls, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, talks poetry with primary students, mums, and young ones at Askew Road Library… and giant books too!

For 3 days Askew Road Library (in downtown Hammersmith and Fulham) became the centre of the universe (or one of them) as SPINE Festival big-banged into life. There were non-stop class visits, all action baby bounces, poetry parachutes, Under 5’s in overdrive and one enormous-as-can-be book:  ‘The Askew Road Library Big book of poetry’. The book was …

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Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

As the dust settles on SPINE Festival 2016, we catch up with Charlotte Bill, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence at Ealing Library, to find out how you really can make animations out of just about anything… including the lost property box!

Ealing! The far West of London. I trekked over there with my trusty shopping trolley full of equipment….

The Saturday session was fun: children dropping into the library and animating the lost property which had been left in the library. There was a wonderful  selection of umbrellas and reading …

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Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Fire of Crystal Palace, 1936

As SPINE Festival approaches this week, our Beckenham Library Artist in Resident Aoife Mannix talks about her love of the history of Crystal Palace, her plans for the festival and where to find her to say hello. 

I sit in Beckenham Library reading eye witness accounts of how when Crystal Palace caught fire, the windows melted like ice on a hot summer’s day. People collected balls of glass as souvenirs of the catastrophe. The fire could be seen for miles and crowds gathered to watch …

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Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli

Join us as we cross the fictional worlds of your favourite novels and films, with the motion and beauty of dance. Experience your library as never before, as you travel through dance into your favourite Roald Dahl creations. SPINE Festival returns on 3rd-5th March 2016 at Leytonstone Library with artist in residence, professional dancer and choreographer Annarita Mazzilli.

I feel privileged to be Artist in Residence for such an exciting and important project that brings London communities together, celebrating the arts and literature in libraries with FREE fun …

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Home Cooking: Riot Nrrrd Tour

Home Cooking: Riot Nrrrd Tour

In March 2015, two nerdy poets set forth unto the world to bring hope, spoken word and angry feminism to the ears of budding audiences.

Henry Raby is based in York, Jenn Hart is based in Bristol. They both like punk, nerdiness, politics, feminism and saying poems about these topics in front of audiences.

DIY or Die! 

The Riot Nrrrd Tour consisted of:
15th March: Nerd Hutch, Newcastle
16th March: Verbal Remedies, Leeds
17th March: Empty Shop, Durham
18th March: Poems, Pints & Prose, Harrogate
19th March: Away With Words, …

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Tommy Sissons - Why I Write, For Whom I Write

Tommy Sissons – Why I Write, For Whom I Write

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of The Month, Tommy Sissons talks materialism, poetry in education and the inspiration behind his debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’.

The young people of Britain today are raised on mass consumerism. Everywhere we look, someone is trying to sell us something; whether it be the latest mobile phone, the swankiest car or the celebrity-endorsed designer shoes. This creates a culture of materialism. The issue with this is that those from poorer backgrounds are denied the lavish lifestyle they see glamourised on television because they do not …

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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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