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Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq: Magic in Arvon

Jum Faruq blogs about 15 inner city poets, sent out into the depths of the British countryside for 5 days of hardcore poetry writing, bound by the laws of digital detox, outnumbered by sheep and facing new levels of unpolluted air – will they make it out alive?

Sharpen your pencils, this is Lumb Bank 2016 *cue hans zimmer soundtrack*. Okay, so it might not have been as dramatic as the trailer begets: the air was airsquisite (ahem), the fluffy sheep kept at a safe distance and *spoiler alert* we …

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A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

In our second entry from one of our Writing Room participants, Cecilia Knapp talks about her time at Arvon, accessing old memories as part of a week’s writing retreat.

I’ve just got back from Arvon to a grey, busy and loud London where quite frankly there aren’t enough open fires, communal dinners and writing sessions.

Arvon is a charity that runs residential creative writing courses and retreats. I was lucky enough to go to their Hebden Bridge centre, which is Ted Hughes’ old house. A big stone cottage looking out …

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A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

At the start of the year, we teamed up with Arvon to give a group of our budding writers from Apples and Snakes’ The Writing Room the opportunity to take part in a week’s writing residency. The Writing Room offers a safe environment for young poets to write and share work with peers under the guidance of some of the UK’s top professional spoken word artists. Erin Bolens guest-blogs about her time at Arvon, Lumb Bank. 

I am writing this after three days of reacclimatising myself into the ways of …

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Looking Back – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

Looking Back – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

This autumn, Apples and Snakes invited a group of exciting and innovative spoken word artists from across the UK to be part of a uniquely theatrical spoken word show – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour.

‘I always forget how inspiring and moving spoken word can be!’ – Audience member

Working alongside renowned writer and director Hannah Silva, whose innovative work incorporates elements of live art and soundscape, the four-strong Public Address ensemble set about exploring the theme of ‘soapbox’ within their writing, and challenged preconceived ideas of what a …

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Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

Jasmine Gardosi – Don’t Get Comfortable

As Public Address heads towards its third stop on the Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Jasmine Gardosi talks about the necessity of stepping out of your comfort zone…

This Public Address Tour is a show full of poets making themselves uncomfortable – in the good sort of way.

We have Helen Seymour who literally can’t seem to get comfortable on any of her on-stage seats. We have Justin Coe pushing himself beyond his usual territory of children’s audiences. We have AJ McKenna performing through a mouthful of rice.

And as soon …

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Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Justin Coe – The Power of Rant

Ahead of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Justin Coe talks poetry, performance, and perfecting the political rant…

I don’t suppose I could change your mind, could I?

Perhaps if I was a proper ranting poet, I wouldn’t bother asking. I’d just get out there and say what I felt, no messing. The first poet I saw live was Attila The Stockbroker, way back in 1994. Rude rhymes, angry songs and surreal social commentary; I loved it. I never knew it was possible that you could rock up …

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Shagufta K: No Longer Is Writing A Lonely Business

Shagufta K: No Longer Is Writing A Lonely Business

Ahead of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, ensemble artist Shagufta K talks to us about the importance of collaborative creative environments…

When I returned to writing after taking some maternity leave from my full time job, writing and motherhood seemed completely compatible. But after a few months of writing in isolation, at unsociable breastfeeding hours, in between baby naps and on Friday nights. It occurred to me that this idea that writers can write anywhere and everywhere is a myth. Yes there are times when inspiration hits you and you …

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AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna – Public Address: The Soapbox Tour

AJ McKenna is one of four spoken word artists who make up the core ensemble of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, a new theatrical spoken word show directed by award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva. Ahead of the tour, AJ explores what the evolving artform of spoken word really means today…

What is spoken word? This, I think, is a question we’re going to be asking a lot in the next few years. As the scene grows in response to the runaway success of artists like Kate Tempest and …

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Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva – Writing as Performance

Hannah Silva is an awarding winning poet, performer, and playwright known for her innovative explorations of language and voice in performance. As Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for September and Artistic Director of Public Address: The Soapbox Tour, Hannah talks to us about the art of writing as performance.

I like to think of performing poetry as writing the poem right there in the moment of performance, discovering it with an audience, giving it breath and meaning. In performance the important thing is to do the writing …

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Public Address II: Q&A with the class of 2010 – Hannah Silva

Before our upcoming Public Address II tour, we catch up with those who went on the original tour. Here’s 2010’s South West representative, Hannah Silva! 

1. Looking back, what impact did Public Address have on your work/development at the time?

It was great to visit the different regions, and meet the Apples and Snakes coordinators there. I really enjoy travelling and getting a sense of different places and audiences. I liked the fact that we were five very different poets, and it’s always good to watch other poets and their …

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