July Snakebasket Extracts

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
LeeFest 200x200Gosh, halfway through the year already. Can you believe it? I have Christmas presents that I’ve still not taken out of their packets yet. (I also have a Christmas cake that says ‘Best before Feb 2010’ on the box, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.) As it’s summertime, we’ll be plying our poetry at a couple of festivals, and I’m talking about real, sleeping-in-compost festivals – none of this Hay-on-Wye stuff. That’s outer London’s own Leefest, and Suffolk’s mighty Latitude. Details below.

Other than that, we’ll be Jawdancing again on the fourth Wednesday (before ‘going dark’ for a month). And there’ll also be another Storycraft session for the little ones. An early heads-up, too, for our ever-popular Word’s a Stage, which will be back at the Gallery Cafe on Fri 2 August, with Niall O’Sullivan, Dean McCaffrey, Jason Pilley and many many more (actually one more). Away – hold, enough! Hope to see you at a poetry gig soon.


From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
jazz-shop-100x100Hello all! July has arrived. That’s your cue, sun, do your thing. Well, as we wait for it to emerge, we can always amuse ourselves with poetry. Much of our regular programming pauses for the summer months: Hit the Ode, Wordsmiths & Co. and Level UP will all return after the holidays. In the meantime, check out wordsmithsand.co for videos of past editions, and keep monitoring Hit the Ode’s Facebook page, as we will be announcing the premiere of our mini-documentary about the night in the next few weeks. Note that Poets’ Place continues unabashed – on the 13th this month!

But of course we would not dream of leaving you bereft of live poetry, and there are two major events I would like to call to your attention. First, I’m very excited to announce Poetry at the Jazz Shop: a series of lunchtime poetry events held in a shopping unit at the Great Western Arcade, as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. There will be 8 half-hour shows, each curated by a different local poetry group or community – Hit the Ode on the 12th, for example – but come to them all! It’s a real celebration of the local talent, and an unparalleled opportunity to sample new artists and take in some nourishing poetry during your lunch break. Exciting times!

And second – the Ledbury Poetry Festival begins soon, and the spoken word section this year is particularly exciting: highlights include Kate Tempest, Tim Clare as Pub Stuntman, Mr Gee, and the return of Bang Said the Gun. You’ll find more details after the jump; well worth checking out!


From North East Coordinator Kirsten
HC_100x100Some super spoken goodies for you in July – kicking off with the first ever appearance of poetry at the brilliant NARC.Fest on the 6th. Join us at The Cycle Hub at the mouth of Newcastle’s hip-and-happening Ouseburn Valley for performances by newcomer Deborah Moore, rising star Asa J Maddison, punk favourite Ann Porro, and the magnificent Scott Tyrell. Our season of Poetry Sundays at NeST concludes with Writing in Character on the 14th, a workshop and performance with Mike Edwards. And if you’re a writer looking to improve the way you use online platforms for self-promotion and creative practise, check out our fantastic workshop with Jacob Sam-la Rose on the 20th.

And of course there is Scratch Tyne on the 21st – your chance to shape the skills of our poets, as we ask not for your money but for your feedback! Join us for our last gathering before August break, and see what’s new. July’s Home Cooking creative radio commission is on the 11th, and comes from Cuckoo Writers, the group of young people supported by New Writing North who took a trip down Northumberland Street with poet John Challis. Tune in to www.basic.fm at 1pm every Thursday for spoken word!


From South East Coordinator Pete
BigTalk-Logo-100x100Since I last Snakebasketted (is that a real word?) there’s been a couple of Apples and Snakes events happening in the South East: tagged right on the end of May, Big Talk brought more rocking good poetry to Margate in the guise of Raymond Antrobus and Stewart Taylor – and look out for the Big Talk naughty but nice summer show on Friday 26 July (details below). Here in Southampton, 451 was a jaw-dropping experience for some (in a good way) with Zena Edwards filling the room with velvety vocal vibes and Jonny Fluffyunk raising great guffaws of goodness.

There’s also been an Apples and Snakes supported project running in Hampshire in June called Writing With My Eyes in which poets have been working with young people to produce interactive poetry for iBooks. More about that project here and here. And finally, a big congratulations (CONGRATULATIONS!) to ArtfulScribe for the completion of their first hugely successful year promoting poetry through performance, events and workshops – including Archimedes Screw, this month on the 12th!


From South West Coordinator Gina

May_100x100July is upon us with plenty of poetry opportunities and events that come highly recommended by Apples and Snakes SW. None more so than our very own FORKED! Returning at an earlier date of 11th July with what can only be described as an outstanding and eclectic line up! We’ve got punk poetry ranting complete with double bass, award winning Welsh poetry pearls, wacky Cornish comic rhymes and a dollop of witty absurdist writing thrown in for good measure. If your aged 13-19 and live in Wiltshire head to Salisbury Arts Centre on the 31st for the Hijack All-Dayer and catch Chris Redmond running Spoken Word workshops courtesy of Apples and Snakes. All in all fun times this July!