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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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Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Sara Hirsch: What A Way To Tour

Performance poet Sara Hirsch blogs about her exciting future travels. Here’s to adventure, touring, and Spoken Word discoveries across the globe.

This time next week I will be hovering somewhere in the sky, possibly just over China, mid way through the 36 hours it takes to get to the other side of the world, as I embark on my first international tour as a performance poet. Now, that is a sentence I never thought I would write!

I am over the moon to officially announce that, after a successful …

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Tommy Sissons - Why I Write, For Whom I Write

Tommy Sissons – Why I Write, For Whom I Write

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of The Month, Tommy Sissons talks materialism, poetry in education and the inspiration behind his debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’.

The young people of Britain today are raised on mass consumerism. Everywhere we look, someone is trying to sell us something; whether it be the latest mobile phone, the swankiest car or the celebrity-endorsed designer shoes. This creates a culture of materialism. The issue with this is that those from poorer backgrounds are denied the lavish lifestyle they see glamourised on television because they do not …

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Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

 

 

Continuing on from the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we chatted with featured artist, Sky Hawkins, about her time facilitating student workshops at Sunderland College. 

I was very excited when I was told I would be working with thirteen second year students from Sunderland College. They had all performed other people’s poetry but never their own. In six weeks, my job was to inspire them to write their own poetry for the first time and be ready to perform it and alongside …

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Praveena: Library Takeover

Praveena: Library Takeover

This week we talk to Praveena, a student participating in Library Takeover – an exciting new training programme for aspiring event producers aged 11-18 year and creative library staff.

I found out about the Library Takeover project via an e-mail from Croydon Library. The aim of Library Takeover is to encourage teenagers to visit the library more frequently, by producing an event in a library. I decided to apply because, the scheme offered me a chance to work with professional creative producers as well as other young people.

The first …

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Joshua Seigal - Spoken Word: An Education

Joshua Seigal – Spoken Word: An Education

The third instalment of our blog series on the fantastic work of Spoken Word Educators. Joshua Seigal testifies to how spoken word poetry can inspire creativity and growth in children who are otherwise flagging behind in conventional education.

I am part of the second cohort of Spoken Word Educators, a group of poets placed long-term in various inner-city London schools. I am nearing completion of my first year at Plashet School, a girls’ comprehensive in Newham.

This has been a very special year for me and I have

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Raymond Antrobus - Spoken Word: An Education

Raymond Antrobus – Spoken Word: An Education

The second blog post in our series about the Spoken Word Educator Programme (SWEP), delivered in partnership with Goldsmiths University and aiming at nurturing young students’ talents as well as poet educators’ skills. This time around, Raymond Antrobus talks to us about intertwining his poetic voice with his teaching experience.

I have been a Spoken Word Educator for three years. Each year has been different, any teacher will profess that no two years are the same. As educators the lessons for us are limitless. In my first year working in …

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Christian Foley - Spoken Word: An Education

Christian Foley – Spoken Word: An Education

With time over the summer holidays for retrospection, Christian Foley tells us how his involvement with the Spoken Word Educators programme has challenged his poetic practice and changed his ideas about community. 

In an educational climate characterised by the league table, the exam and the inspector’s clipboard, spoken word education has never been more necessary. Wider society is perhaps unaware of this, as are policy makers and government officials, and in fact, at one point, so was I.

I had been (haphazardly) running poetry workshops in schools for a few …

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Transform and FLUPP: Week Two

Apples and Snakes’ Programme Coordinator DanielaPaolucci travels to Brazil to take part in the incredible Literary Festival – FLUPP! Here is her account of week two in Rio.

Behind the scenes of FLUPP Festival

My second week in Rio de Janeiro has been very enriching and eye opening regarding the project itself and the people involved in it, directly or indirectly. It has shown me the shared passion and determination FLUPP has to make their dream come true.

We meet with British Council representative in Rio, Lucimara Letelier, 

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My experience of The Writing Room, by Carmina Masoliver.

I described my Writing Room experience as a dysfunctional family on my own blog (well, aren’t they the best types of family?). This was because the consistency of everyone being able to make each workshop was less than ideal. I know this is being changed in the new writing room, as to do the final showcase you need to be able to make enough to develop a piece throughout the process. I think this is a positive change, but that lack of consistency didn’t stop each workshop being something extremely

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