January Snakebaskets

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


Happy New Year!

Admittedly premature, as we’re sending this out before Christmas, but that’s the way we roll: always forging ahead into brave new futures. A dizzying concept to those of us who don’t even know what we’re doing this afternoon.

Yet we cannot countenance the future without shouldering the trappings of our past, and so we continue to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech with showcase events at Woolwich Library on the 21st and theStephen Lawrence Centre on the 27thZena Edwards! Charlie Dark! Kenny Baraka! Three tremendous ways to start the year!

Jawdance returns on the 22nd, and it gets more popular with each passing month. A reminder, therefore, to arrive early if you’d like to perform: the list opens at 6.15pm and fills up in about twenty minutes. As always, we will bend over backwards to accommodate as many of you as we possibly can. Watch us.

And – as our transatlantic geomorphs say – that’s all she wrote. (See what I did there – signed off with a writing–y kind of phrase?) (Signed off – there’s another one.)


From West Midlands coordinator Bohdan


So, while you wind down and prepare for the holidays, Apples and Snakes is sending out the January Snakebasket a wee bit ahead to give you enough time to digest it along with all of the festive frivolities.

We’ll be raring to go on Thursday 16th January with a new year edition of Hit The Ode at The Victoria, Birmingham, line-up is currently a closely guarded secret, keep an eye on the Hit The Ode Facebook page for further announcements!

The new year will bring you bright new projects, the return of old favourites including Level UP, Lit Fuse and Wordsmiths & Coand the Midlands poetry scene continues to thrive with great work and top artists.

Happy holidays folks! 


From North East Coordinator Kirsten

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We’re sending our January Snakebasket early as we have stacks of superb spoken word coming up – starting with the dazzlingHannah Silva, visiting from Birmingham to lead two workshops. Everyone can enjoy an evening of her poetry alongside stunning musician Beccy Owen on Friday 10 January at Live Theatre.

Workshops continue with a day of playfulness on Sunday 19 January – writing for kids with the talented Dominic Berry, poet in residence at Newcastle Libraries. Then stick around to have fun with physical performance, led by Gabriele Heller ofTheatre-between also on the 19th

It’s a field-day for audiences on Thursday 23 January as Apples puts up the prize for SLAMalgamate, the union of no less than three local spoken word nights all sending in their champions!

And all through January, every Thursday at 5pm, you can hearHenry Raby’s Home Cooking broadcast on www.basic.fm –Studs, Safety Pins and Spoken Words – Punk Poetry’s Not Dead!

HEADS UP! After his standing ovation at JibbaJabba last November, Rob Auton returns on Saturday 1 February with hisSky Show – get there early, it’ll be standing room only!


From South East Coordinator Pete

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At the end of November at Big Talk, Hastings-based Steve Tasane read and performed from his first novel for teens, Blood Donors, a gore-fest of inner-city creepiness,

supported by Lucy Lepchani, performing from her new collection Ladygardens. December’s 451 saw Rob Gee perform his touching and funny one-man show Forget Me Not to an enthralled audience. It was a tour de force performance and was ably supported byArchimedes Screw Showcase winner from November, Kaleigh O’Reilly, plus an open mic as multifarious as ever.

In Brighton, Hammer & Tongue held their annual champion of champions slam and the winner, for the second year on the trot, was Tommy Sissons, who recently appeared in Apples and Snakes’ Public Address II national tour and is rapidly earning a name for himself.

It’s been a full year for Apples and Snakes South East with plenty to be proud and excited about and there’s no letup in 2014 as plans for Spoke ‘N’ Word, the bicycle-powered Kent-touring young person slam, develop and the performance poetry pipeline is filling with further opportunities and events. Keep your ears peeled for what’s coming up including Big Talk on the 31st and Archimedes Screw on the 10th and have a restive festive season.


From South West coordinator Gina



I do hope you are all enjoying the Christmas sparkle! We’re sending out our January Snakebasket a wee bit ahead this month to give you enough time to digest it along with all of the other seasonal festivities.

Coming up on Sunday 5th January and to start the new year with a bang, we bring you a special edition of Spokes Amaze!featuring Luke Wright‘s new one-man show, Essex Lion.

Then on Thursday 23rd January Forked in Plymouth returns featuring amongst many others, international performance poet and true spoken word star, Hollie McNish.

Well that’s certainly enough to warm your cockles!

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year.