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Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Strange thing, synchronicity. Within a few weeks of starting the Archive Coordinator role, I received an out-of-the-blue email from Jeff Howarth of TUC Library Collections: could I throw any light on Pit Dragon, an organisation behind various days of picket-line entertainment during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5? Apples and Snakes had apparently been involved in one of their sessions, supplying poets for the wonderfully named Melt Thatcher Down picket at Neasden Power Station in February ’85. This was news to me. I’d already made a start on cataloguing our early

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Archive Excavation – Apples and Snakes' 21st Anniversary

Archive Excavation – Apples and Snakes’ 21st Anniversary

Time for another historical find from the depths of the Spoken Word Archive – here’s the latest in our #ArchiveExcavation blog series…

Here’s one for you. This is the official photo for our 21st anniversary, taken in the snowy landscape of Battersea Arts Centre’s main house on a sweltering day in July 2003. Poets were enlisted at short notice to fulfill the mother of all poetry commissions: to stand in the shape of a big 21. And look happy about it. It was hard finding enough poets …

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Archive Excavation – Ntozake Shange

Archive Excavation – Ntozake Shange

We welcome guest blogger and one of our most hardworking Spoken Word Archive volunteers, bleue granada, for the latest post in our #ArchiveExcavation series. Here, bleue unveils the influential work of Ntozake Shange, whose progressive thinking pushed the theatrical conventions of the 1980s, building and elevating a platform for Black women writers…

The joy of archiving is that you excavate interesting finds. Returning to Apples and Snakes after ten years – when I’d first tentatively begun ordering the vast volume of ephemera – I find that the archive is again …

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Building new bridges and exploring new cultural intersections

Building new bridges and exploring new cultural intersections

What part do artists and arts organisations have to play in repairing the fault-lines dividing communities? While current socio-political events continue to shake foundations, isolate, uproot and disperse people; designer, musician and producer Paul Burgess talks about East, a storytelling project which brought together some of the tangled, rich history of cultures based in East London today…

The project isn’t just an arbitrary miscellany. In choosing our material and deciding how to present it we were exploring several specific ideas. We looked at stories that had common currency across cultures; …

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Archive Excavation – Page Match

Archive Excavation – Page Match

As well as printed ephemera and audio-visual material, an archive often includes what’s known as realia, i.e: three-dimensional objects that don’t necessarily fit into any particular category. For the latest #ArchiveExcavation, we focus on a couple of items that well and truly put the G into re(g)alia: two things resembling leftovers from a wrestling-themed carnival-float. Dan Simpson, our former Digital Marketing Officer, tells their story…

Bang Said The Gun‘s second bout of the word-flinging, fighting-writing event Page Match brought together some of London’s top poetry collectives to battle it …

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FORKED: A Review

FORKED: A Review

Nestled in the cobbled streets of the Barbican, surrounded by velvet curtains and candle light, you will find the FORKED poets ready and waiting to entertain… FORKED first-timer, Seren Kiremitcioglu, reviews Plymouth’s favourite spoken word night…

On a rather drizzly and wet Thursday 19 May, I made my way over to The B-Bar in Plymouth with my good friend by my side; sitting down in the warm, inviting room with Thai food and beer in hand, I fully enjoyed a night of entertaining, insightful and thought-provoking performances of poetry …

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Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for June, Antosh Wojcik, talks about the transformative power of soundscape in performance poetry…

I’ve always had the frustration of being incomplete in sound as a drummer. I can only be answered by other people, who react in melodies and tunes. I think this was one of my motivations for pursuing poetry and its performance; it allows me to enact the visual landscapes I have in my head into sound, for other people. It’s been through the process of developing my performance of …

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Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Spoken Word Archive coordinator, Russell Thompson, has been digging deep into the artform to unearth the puzzle pieces of its history. Here’s the latest relic from his #ArchiveExcavation…

Being an archivist is great. I like it when people ask ‘Yes, but what do you actually do?’ Well, right now I’m spending a lot of time linked up to a cassette-player and at least three pairs of headphones, digitising audio-recordings of Apples and Snakes’ shows from the 1980s and ‘90s. And when I’m not tripping over leads or watching digitisation training …

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Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Co-curator of  Straight Out The Box and all-round poetry legend, Roger Robinson, gives us a run-down of his top ten inspirational tracks, showing the combined power of music and poetry…

Here are the ten poetry and music collaborations that made me realise that poetry wasn’t just in books.
These tracks have affected my life and my thoughts. Some of them for more than decade.
I hope you enjoy.


1.
Antipop Consortium : Rinseflow

2. Trimbal : Confidence Boost

3. Saul Williams / DJ Krush : Coded Language

4. Mike Ladd …

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Sara Hirsch: What A Way To End a Tour

Sara Hirsch: What A Way To End a Tour

We welcome Sara Hirsch back to the UK – And to our blog! After a month of touring New Zealand, Sara fills us in on her Spoken Word adventures…

I just got back from a month long Arts Council funded spoken word tour of New Zealand and I promised Apples and Snakes an exit blog, summing up my time abroad. The thing is: how on earth do you condense that kind of experience into one blog entry?

I am going to try a few things.Firstly, a list. Think of …

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