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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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Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Paula Varjack: Poet and Performer

Kicking off our Poet of the Month blog series for 2016 is the fabulous Paula Varjack. She tells us what she’s getting up to with all things poetry and performance…

Though I have been writing as long as I can remember, in a scene where most of my friends began performing in their teens or twenties, I started late.  Last year, performing at Jibba Jabba in Newcastle (thanks to Apples and Snakes) I celebrated my 37th birthday, and was struck by the fact I had now been an artist …

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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: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

Dan Simpson: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts from the Fringe

The second in our access-all-areas Fringe blog series, following Dan Simpson as he performs his new show Nerdsmith. Dan gives his ultimate tips to making the most of the Fringe as a performer.

  • Don’t do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: there’s enough to do to get into your own show without the stress of that ridiculous thing.
  • Do a brand new, unplanned, semi-improvised show in the first weekend with someone you’ve never performed with before: the Fringe is
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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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Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe

Apples and Snakes’ poet Dan Simpson shares his five top tips on ‘Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe’.

1. Do your research! Ideally, go to the Fringe as a punter first (and do a few open mics whilst you’re there!). The Fringe is HUGE: 3,000+ shows in 300 odd venues all happening in three and a bit weeks. It’s useful to know a bit about how it all works: what Festival do you want your show to be part of (PBH Free Fringe? Big Four? Laughing Horse? C-Venues?

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March Snakebasket Extracts

These are extracts from March’s Snakebaskets. Sign up here to receive the whole message!

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like things are constantly speeding up in the poetry world. Wouldn’t you agree? Take a look!

The big news this month is the launch of Level Up on the 28th in collaboration with Write Down Speak Up and with the support of a grant from the Birmingham City Council. It’s a quality spoken word night aimed squarely at young people – if you’re aged between 12-19, …

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