March 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.

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From London Coordinator Russell

There, I knew it was a mistake to mention the weather in last month’s Snakebasket. No sooner had we pressed ‘send’ than the orders started rolling in at the Datchet branch of Sandbags-R-Us. Sorry about that.

So – March, then. You’ll be delighted to hear that we are forging ahead with Spoke – the spoken-word initiative in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This month it comprises a best-of show from our schools residencies, and the start of a residency in the Park itself. The mighty Michael Rosen will be there on the 21st – as will our freshly-creosoted Poetry Potting-Shed. Huzza!

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Elsewhere, we’ll be Jawdancing on the 26th, with a special guest to mark Bangladesh Independence Day. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but please arrive early if you want an open-mic slot. Come 6.45, they’re pretty thin on the ground.

There’ll be masterclasses, too: Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze tackling performance techniques on the 5th, and Chanje Kunda showing you how to apply for Arts Council funding on the 24th. In both cases, take it from one who knows. As ever, both sessions are absolutely free. And watch out for a tree-mendous opportunity below. Bit of a joke, there.

Ça suffit.

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
Hello all!
March is here – there must be a joke in there about, oh, I don’t know, poetry putting a spring in your step. But we are not here to make feeble puns! Words can be put to better uses.

175x200Level-Up-Banner-LogoLevel UP has launched to huge success: there was an impressive amount of talent in the REP that night, and our headliner, Dizraeli, seemed surprised and impressed with Birmingham’s young poets. The next one is happening on the 31st, and whether you want to perform or not, you shouldn’t sleep on this event – it’ll be the stuff of legends one day. And if you are a young poet trying to work up the courage to perform, remember the weekly academies held every Friday, are there to help you work on craft and confidence.

Hit the Ode is back on the 20th, as reliable as the seasons, but this time we bring the old and the new together, with feature sets from veteran performer Martin Glynn, British Sign Language poet Donna Williams, and Scotlands indomitable (and award-winning) Rachel McCrum. Also, we will be announcing some incredibly exciting news at that event, concerning line-ups and plans for world domination. So, yes – another one not to miss.

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work. Plus: there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

Lucky you!

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten

Oh my word, people are you ready?

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On the 5th March you really need to hoy yourself down to ARC for Articulate – firstly, a showing of the wonderful entries for the Read Our Lips Filmpoem Competition, where one lucky poet will win £100, and then the amazing Ross Sutherland performing his Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit show Stand By For Tape Back-Up. Ever wondered if you could commune with the spirit of your late grandfather using looped video clips from the Crystal Maze? Ross has…

As ever, JibbaJabba is there to brighten your life on the 27th, with featured poet Rachel McCrum coming down from running the mega Rally & Broad night in Edinburgh to grace us with her very beautiful, literate poetry.

And all through March, every Thursday at 5pm, you can hear our Home Cooking broadcast on www.basic.fmMike Edwards and his Imaginary Friends, featuring very skillful and very funny characters

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work.

Plus: there’s a chance to win a

prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

Until next time…

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From South East Coordinator Pete

Hello,

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Despite it being the middle of the winter monsoon season in Margate we had a lovely cosy Big Talk at the Tom Thumb at the end of January, with Ben Lawrence and Simon Mole. Then 451 came round again and as well as great sets from Dave Allen and the incomparable Patience Agbabi, the young Flip the Script poets of the Isle of Wight showed their mettle by performing for the first time off the island in front of a room of strangers.

Looking to the future, the One Way Ticket tour begins in earnest in March at both the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate on the 22nd and SS Sheildhall in Southampton on the 29th before relocating to LV21 in Gilligham for some early April half-term performances. Full details about the tour below.

Also coming your way in March is the Archimedes Screw Showcase on the 14th with UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007) Deanna Rodger. The delightful Sabrina Mahfouz headlines the International Woman Scream Poetry Festival on the 22nd. And don’t miss the chance to see funny man Rob Auton perform at Big Talk on the 28th.

Couple of heads-ups: only a few days left to apply for Poetry&Words at Glastonbury Festival and check out the ‘Applying for Grants’ workshop in Brighton, all very useful stuff. And there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

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From South West Coordinator Gina

Heading into spring and we have lots spoken word treats for you to enjoy this March.

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For International Women’s day see The Promise Gig on Saturday 8 March with an exciting range of female voices.There’s poetry to inspire and delight at Forked on Thursday 20 March and coming up on Wednesday 2 April in Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre keep an eye out for Gallery Sessions.

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work.

And there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

That’s all for now, see you at a poetry event soon.

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