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Talia Randall – Twisted tongues, innuendo and bumbling grammar; the foundations of my spoken word.

Talia Randall – Twisted tongues, innuendo and bumbling grammar; the foundations of my spoken word.

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of The Month for May, Talia Randall, talks about the unique power of Spoken Word, and her new show Bloodlines

A foreign mother.
Dyslexia.
Substandard English education.

These are the things that make spoken word my home.

I don’t know nothing about grammar. I’m not well-read. I don’t have any training in writing, performance, nothing.

But…

I come from a people whose language was nomadic; who carried entangled tongues across Europe and the Middle East. They stuffed their saddlebags with syllables and idioms. Like …

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Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Apples and Snakes’ Regional Co-ordinator, Kirsten Luckins talks to us about her time running workshops, making poetry and kicking some serious (eye) balls with the Tees Women Poets at the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (that’s ‘mima’ to you!)

It was a real pleasure for me and the Tees Women Poets to be involved in another mima exhibition last weekend, as we’d been hoping for a return ever since our highly successful performance in the Louise Bourgeois exhibition last year.

The fab curatorial team at mima invited us (and many …

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A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

As SPINE Festival comes to a close, we look back over a packed programme of more than 50 free arts and literature events that took place in libraries across London.

‘It can feel like society is signposting us — Do art here but not over here, that’s not an ‘ART’ space — but we live and breathe creativity wherever we are’ — Rachel Sambrooks, Hounslow Artist in Residence

This first ever pan-London libraries festival, brought communities together in 33 libraries across 11 London boroughs to celebrate literature and the arts …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

As SPINE Festival comes to an end, we catch up with Artist in Residence for Southwark, Gemma Coldicott.

‘What’s in the box?’…Wonder no more. Reflections on SPINE Festival.

The workshops are all over, the sharing shared and the solander box closed. SPINE was a brilliant 4 weeks, during which time I met and danced with 102 children aged between 3-10yrs old with and without disabilities. Oh, and there was also a cheerful (more senior) lady who occasionally joined in our warm ups.

The sharing was full of surprises, as the …

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SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Croydon and Harrow

Croydon and Harrow are the last of our 11 SPINE Festival boroughs to be introduced. Let’s see what they have to offer!

Introducing Croydon…

Within the borough of Croydon there is a total of 13 libraries promoting and celebrating literacy and creativity.

These libraries provide diverse spaces for the community, offering a wide range of public events and facilities, including information and enquiry services, and free computer and internet access. The London borough of Croydon library services are managed by Cultural Community Solutions Ltd (CCS).

Introducing Harrow…

There is a

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Lewisham Artist in Residence Adam Kammerling

SPINE Festival – Introducing Lewisham Artist in Residence Adam Kammerling

Spoken word artist Adam Kammerling gives us an insight into his work and what he has planned for SPINE Festival at Catford Library in Lewisham.

Google Maps is a liar. Google Maps told me, despite being given all the correct information, that Catford Library is in Halfords. I stepped onto the industrial estate and thought to myself — ‘Well this is a slightly dystopian setting for a library. An island of peaceful learning in a heaving ocean of trade and capitalism. Interesting.’

But it turns out Catford Library is not …

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SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham

Ahead of SPINE Festival in March, we’re getting to know some of the boroughs involved, next up… Bromley and Lewisham

Introducing Bromley…

There are 14 libraries across the borough of Bromley, providing the local community with an array of great facilities and meeting places, including rooms and halls for hire.

Bromley Central Library is the largest of all the libraries in the borough, with a diverse programme of reading groups and children’s activities taking place throughout each month.

Visit Beckenham Library in the borough of Bromley …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival – Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Brent, Jared Louche, tells us why he feels projects like SPINE are important, why he’s excited to be involved, and what he has in store for everyone at Harlesden Library.

I’m currently involved in SPINE Festival as Artist in Residence at Harlesden Library in the borough of Brent. I’m a poet, performer, rock star, writer, photographer and workshop facilitator. For the past fifteen years I’ve been working at the nexus of the Arts, Education and Health Care. I facilitate writing, art and …

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What Happens When you Give Video Cameras to Poets? (with Jo Colley)

As we prepare for the third annual Read Our Lips Filmpoem Competition, north-east coordinator Kirsten Luckins has a chat with the first ever winner, Jo Colley. Details of how to enter your filmpoem into this year’s competition can be found at the bottom of the page.

You won the 2013 Read Our Lips with ‘Dream On.’ Had you made many filmpoems before that one?
I had made two or three film poems before this one – but then there was a gap, and really I had lost confidence. The

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Unheard Voices: Making Graphic Narratives from Children’s Stories

During February and March 2014, leading Apples and Snakes artists worked with young people in secondary schools across Islington as part of a project called Unheard Voices. The graphic designer, comic creator and illustrator Richy K. Chandler wrote about his experience with Unheard Voices in his blog Tempolush. Here’s what he had to say.

Earlier in the year I got the chance to take part in Islington Council’s Unheard Voices project where children collaborated with poets and other creators, through the fantastic performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes.

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