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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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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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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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