June 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 WORDCUP_BANNER_681X254

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!


HC_100x100From North East Coordinator Kirsten

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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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.

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