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.
From London coordinator Russell
October is theoretically where poetry’s pulsating heart lies – containing, as it does, National Poetry Day. And no, I don’t know why this is a totally different date from World Poetry Day. Maybe it’s like the Queen having two birthdays. Our chums Poet In The City are marking the occasion with the oh–so–aptly–titled Spoken Word All-Stars show on the 3rd.
Almost simultaneously, we’re embarking on our first season of Spoke – the wordtastic programme of poetry events popping up in and around the Olympic Park over the next year. For starters, you can dust off your walking shoes for a late-night poetry stroll with Inua Ellams on the 4thwith The midnight Run. He says wrap up warm and bring a banana (putting the psycho into psychogeography, perhaps?). And if that’s not out-there enough, we’ve also got a cabaret in a swimming pool – Liz & Rob on Sea. Take the – arf arf – plunge and join them on the 30th
Watch out, too, for the Public Address II tour, featuring a veritable quincunx of our favourite national poets. The Greyhound rolls into Bethnal Green on the 20th. And of course Jawdance will be its twanging its floss again only three days later on the 23rd.
In other news, Simon Mole will be reprising his multimedia masterpiece Indiana Jones & the Extra Chair at the Southbank Centre on the 14th. And we’re kicking off our Telling Tales programme. Details below.
From West Midlands coordinator bohdan
Three years ago, I was sitting in an empty room at The Victoria, worried sick. I had just set up a new poetry night, and I had promoter’s anxiety. “What if nobody comes?” I kept thinking. Well, people turned up, and saw Ian Keteku, Kim Trusty and Tony Walsh deliver scorching sets at the very first Hit The Ode. Three years on, the night has provided countless wonderful moments of poetry, comedy and community. Join us on Thursday 17 October for our anniversary: we have three incredible poets and some special surprises planned. You do not want to miss this.
We will also be hosting the Midlands leg of Public Address II, a national tour featuring five poets from five regions, doing five sets likely to be five times better than whatever else might be on offer on the Saturday 26 October. Come and support Lorna Meehan, the West Midlands representative, and discover four other great performers.
And there is a lot more to come this month: the cornucopia of wordy goodness that is the Birmingham Literature Festival is set to start, a couple of great examples of what happens when poetry and theatre collide, and the first national slam competition for universities… As always, more details after the jump.
See you soon!
From North East Coordinator Kirsten
Dudes and dudettes, listen up prithee!
Public Address II is a major national tour of five emerging spoken word talents from each of the five Apples regions, and it’s coming to the North East FIRST!!! So please join me on Wednesday 9 October at ARC for a brilliantly varied and vocally nimble night of high quality poetry.
We have a special Scratch Tyne on the 20th, hosted by Jenni Pascoe and featuring bespoke creations for multiple voices, partnered poets and collaborations – plus live music, and all for nothing more than your feedback!
Our partnership with the awesome JibbaJabba continues on the 24th with a visit from acclaimed Trinidadian writer and musician Roger Robinson, launching his new book, The Butterfly Hotel.
We also have the return of our ‘tasty morsels’, as Amuse Bouche comes to Washington and serves up bite-size sets of poems from Elaine Cusack, Rowan McCabe and Andrew Sclater on the 31st.
And our Home Cooking broadcast will be broadcast on the 3rd October on www.basic.fm, featuring Chrissie Petrie with ‘Perceptions of Poetry’ – performance in a motorcycle club, anyone?
From South East Coordinator Pete
Come October, plants start to die back, birds start to migrate south and animals begin to think about hibernating, I even know of some humans who retreat to the warmth of their duvets at the thought of the coming winter. But not us at Apples and Snakes, we burgeon like the nuts on trees and work harder to keep warm, bringing you even more spoken word to cosy your ears around.
In the coming weeks there’ll be poets in schools and on stages all over the place.
We’ve got 2 National Poetry Day specials The Real Deal on the 3rd and Strictly Speaking also on the 3rd. The Apples and Snakes Tour Public Address II rolls into town on the 21st and Simon Mole brings his one-man show to Brighton on the 1st November.
Untill Next time!
From South West coordinator Gina
Gosh, do I detect the smell of autumn in the air? At Apples and Snakes Towers we’ve been busy lining up a tantalising array of poetic treats for you to cosy up to this season.
Public Address II – the national spoken word tour – is coming to a venue near you this October. Five brilliant spoken word artists, hailing from five different regions of England, have been gathered together by Apples and Snakes for this extra special tour of the country.
Looking forward to early November and the all-new Spokes: Amaze!, at the atmospheric Exeter Bike Shed Theatre. That’s on Sunday 3 November and is simply bursting with amazing poetry – on film and in the flesh. We have headline acts, emerging talent, a jaunty host and a quick fire slam! Oh yeah, don’t miss it. In fact, November is so rammed with events that I feel it’s necessary to mention a few more…
On Monday 4 November the Architects Of Our Republic film commissions will be shown at a special edition of FORKED in Plymouth, with live performances and special headline guest: the inimitable Zena Edwards. Another biggy for the eleventh month at Barnstaple’s Queens Theatre Gallery Café: on Tuesday 19 November, look out for the re-launch of Gallery Sessions, an extraordinary evening of spoken word showcasing top talents from across the UK.