Laurie Bolger: An Inspired Intern

Apples and Snakes are an organisation that have made a massive difference to my career as a poet.

This year I completed a digital marketing and communications internship at their London offices, as well as gigging my own words on the side. Both tasks totally exceeded my expectations.

After being involved with the national youth project Shake the Dust, and seeing the excellent work that went on in workshops between Poet Coaches and groups of young poets, it has inspired me to pair up with two different schools and embark on a series of poetry workshops early next year.

As well as this, with the knowledge of the spoken word scene I now have thanks to some great mentoring at Apples and Snakes, I left the organisation with the balls to try something new and I now have a spoken word radio show about to launch at The Roundhouse in Camden and I am raring to go!

Without sounding like a gushing idiot I also know that I can always go into Apples and Snakes say hello and it isn’t the end of my time there…I pop in regularly to have a cup of proper coffee and catch up and the best bit is that the team are never too busy to make suggestions and give me advice, and trust me those guys are bloody busy!

Thanks Apples and Snakes for all your help, I’ll see you soon for a well deserved glass of fizz and a cheers to 30 years of great things in the world of spoken word. Nice one. x

Laurie Bolger