October 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. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets!

175x200TellingTalesFrom London co-ordinator Russell

The fallen leaves that jewel the ground,
they know the art of dying
and leave with joy their glad gold hearts
in the scarlet shadows lying.

Incredible String Band there with ‘October Song’, pop-pickers.

Hey, now that’s poetry. And October, of course, is a month much-beloved by poets everywhere, as it includes the wild rumpus that is National Poetry Day. And how are we celebrating? Well, we’re galumphing off to Canada Water Space for another Queer’Say : a happ’nin’ show in a happ’nin’ venue in a happ’nin part of London!

Richard Purnell will be debuting his one-man show Bathtime on the 9th. It’s a murky descent into the plughole of everyday suburban life – and we all know how horrible plugholes can get. But the show, like the water, is lovely. See you there.

We’re Jawdancing again on the 22nd. If you were there last month, you’ll know that we’re becoming victims of our own success, and – heck, sometimes there are just too many dang poets. Maybe we should borrow Poetry Unplugged’s raffle-ticket selection-system.

There’s an exciting series of masterclasses coming up with Dzifa Benson: poetry and genetics! Sign up for some or all of them. It’s a rare opportunity to talk about love, literature and chromosomes with one of the high-flyers of the poetry scene.

And with Telling Tales for the teens (25th) and Storycraft for the tinies (12th & 20th), we think you’ll agree that our October programme is exquisitely rounded in all the right places.

Ten-ten till we do it again.

Read the whole London Snakebasket here

451_From South-East co-ordinator Pete

Hello basket readers,

Coming up this month we have the multi-star-garnered spoken-word play ‘Wingman’ at 451 on the 20thWingman is written and performed by Fringe First Winner and BBC Radio 4 writer, Richard Marsh. Richard will be joined in Wingman by Jerome Wright. Also on the bill is Archimedes Screw Showcase audience choice Simon McCormack and there’ll be you, in the open mic, if you get there on time.

We’ll also be saying bon voyage to the C>RT at the end of the month as it leaves for the shores of the Isle of Wight carrying with it arty and wordy treasures from young people of Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight, but before it goes, the exhibition will be on display at Mettricks Cafe, High St, Southampton and we’ll be having a sending-off drop-in session on the 25th from 3-5pm. You are all welcome to join us. At everything.

Read the whole South-East Snakebasket here


readourlips From North-East co-ordinator Kirsten

Oh my good lord, where to start?

Any poet within shouting distance of Middlesbrough can bring a piece to Read Our Lips on Saturday 4 October and in just one day turn it into a filmpoem under the expert tutelage of Writers Block North East. Further up the Tees, poets can do the same thing in Barnard Castle on Saturday 25 October.

Everyone can experience poetry inspired by the art of Louise Bourgeois, in amongst the art itself – Women Without Secrets is a special one-off event at mima, featuring Sophia BlackwellSheree Mack and the Tees Women Poets on the 11th . It will be intimate, sensual, beautiful.

Poets can Find Their Funny with the amazing Scott Tyrrell at Scratch Club on Sunday 19 October, when he brings his powers on stand-up to bear on spoken word delivery.

Live literature at Live Theatre returns with a dazzling display on Thursday 30 OctoberDouble Bill brings together spoken word with other art forms, and this time there is music and poetry from our own Matt Stalker plus the magical mix of poetry and perfume that is The Shipwrecked House by Breton poet Claire Trevien.

Home Cooking podcasts take a short break while we arrange for a new radio station slot – but watch this space, our next show is the splendid Never Mind the Fullstops! from Dan Simpson and Paula Varjack, expect it in November…

HEADS UP FOR NOVEMBER! If you’d like to take a spoken word show to the Edinburgh Fringe next year, join us for a free Power Plant master class on Saturday 1 November.

Read the whole North-East Snakebasket here.



From South-West co-ordinator Gina

Welcome to October, a month of autumnal changes, Halloween and poetry cross breeds! Yep, that’s right this month we bring you a Rhymewarp and Forked Special on Thursday 23 October, a beautiful poetic mongrel is born! Enjoy all the delights of a Rhymewarp evening, hosted by Mama Tokus plus a headline set from razor sharp tongued Thick Richard, all part of this year’s Plymouth International Book Festival, what’s not to love!

Spokes Amaze is taking a break this month whilst the infamous Exeter Poetry Festival Slam takes hold of the reins in its place. We will be back on Sunday November 2 though, with the sweet descriptive, all together delicious voice and stories of Inua Ellams. It’s going to be a busy night so get your tickets early to guarantee a seat.

See you there x

Read the whole South-West Snakebasket here