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Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Archive Excavation – Pit Dragon: how an alternative picket-line stopped the coal lorries

Strange thing, synchronicity. Within a few weeks of starting the Archive Coordinator role, I received an out-of-the-blue email from Jeff Howarth of TUC Library Collections: could I throw any light on Pit Dragon, an organisation behind various days of picket-line entertainment during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5? Apples and Snakes had apparently been involved in one of their sessions, supplying poets for the wonderfully named Melt Thatcher Down picket at Neasden Power Station in February ’85. This was news to me. I’d already made a start on cataloguing our early

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Archive Excavation – Apples and Snakes' 21st Anniversary

Archive Excavation – Apples and Snakes’ 21st Anniversary

Time for another historical find from the depths of the Spoken Word Archive – here’s the latest in our #ArchiveExcavation blog series…

Here’s one for you. This is the official photo for our 21st anniversary, taken in the snowy landscape of Battersea Arts Centre’s main house on a sweltering day in July 2003. Poets were enlisted at short notice to fulfill the mother of all poetry commissions: to stand in the shape of a big 21. And look happy about it. It was hard finding enough poets …

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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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Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Archive Excavation – Lydia Tomkiw

Spoken Word Archive coordinator, Russell Thompson, has been digging deep into the artform to unearth the puzzle pieces of its history. Here’s the latest relic from his #ArchiveExcavation…

Being an archivist is great. I like it when people ask ‘Yes, but what do you actually do?’ Well, right now I’m spending a lot of time linked up to a cassette-player and at least three pairs of headphones, digitising audio-recordings of Apples and Snakes’ shows from the 1980s and ‘90s. And when I’m not tripping over leads or watching digitisation training …

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Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

Archive Excavation – Zolan Quobble

We’re thrilled to receive funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to create an archive for spoken word. Over the coming months Archive Coordinator, Russell Thompson, will be bringing you the latest excavations from the Spoken Word Archive, as he uncovers rare sound and video recordings, photographs, and press cuttings, piecing together the artform’s exciting cultural heritage. So here’s the first #ArchiveExcavation to whet your appetite…

Welcome to the first Archive Excavation, our regular bulletin from the bowels of the archive cupboard. Each week we’ll dig up a flyer, a photo, …

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A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

 

Dear family and friends,

Squabbling over the advent calendar in the office has begun so it must mean it’s December and, unbelievably, we are on the countdown to the end of the year.

SPINE Festival | Suzi Corker Photography

It’s whizzed by again, jam-packed with fabulous events, poets, and projectstoo numerous to mention. Once again we have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of partner organisations, from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to the National Portrait Gallery to Latitude Festival to Free Word, delivering our …

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Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Preserving our history. Securing our future.

Spoken word and performance poetry is a vibrant, growing and diverse artform that is often marginalised. Since it relies heavily on oral tradition, it is essential that we act now to record and preserve a cultural heritage that is in danger of being lost – a cultural heritage that has reflected and influenced many social and political movements over the last 30-plus years. Apples and Snakes are thrilled to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a Living Archive for Spoken …

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