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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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Scott Tyrrell: Comedy Poetry – ‘neither fish nor beast’

Scott Tyrrell: Comedy Poetry – ‘neither fish nor beast’

It’s official, our Poet of the Month Scott Tyrrell is the best and worst performance poet in the UK! First he won The UK Anti-Slam as alter-ego Malcolm Odour, and then conquered the much-hyped BBC Fringe Poetry Slam.  In the after-glow of his recent success, Scott talks about navigating the challenging line between comedy and poetry, and how he’s too old and curious to stick to one or the other.

The comic poet is an amorphous beast. We are without true home or solid welcome. We are Ted Hughes’ …

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Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

Dan Simpson: Fringe Finale

As the Fringe hits its final weekend, Dan talks to us about how he’s been inspired to push his work to the next level.

There are many, many metaphors you can use to describe doing a show, and being, at the Fringe. Paula Varjack describes it as a videogame, which hits my nerd sensibilities perfectly.

The imagery I’ve got in my brain right now is that it’s a month-long performing arts course at a really intense university. A practical and theory module rolled into one: not just a training …

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Dan Simpson: Backstage at the Fringe

Dan Simpson: Backstage at the Fringe

The first in our access-all-areas Fringe blog series. As he gears up for his show Nerdsmith, Dan Simpson battles TFL with a flipchart and ghost Clyde in tow.

What are the essential things to pack when you’re away from home for a month? Socks, obviously. Phone charger, definitely. Massive flipchart stand? ESSENTIAL. 

It’s August, so time for the Edinburgh Fringe – and difficult journeys with oversized stationery. Tube-struck London was always going to be difficult to navigate, but the added fun of carting about a month’s worth of life –

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