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Running up to the Epic London Midnight Run

Wow, tomorrow night I will be taking part in my first Midnight Run (MNR), as both Artist and participant.

So, what is this Midnight Run? I hear you say.  It’s the brain child of Inua Ellams, a ‘walking, night-time, arts-filled, cultural journey through a city’. Who is it for? ‘a typical Midnight Runner has a healthy sense of adventure and seeks experiences beyond the mainstream’. What happens exactly? ‘Our idea is to reclaim the streets of a city, to dispel the idea of ‘danger

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The Alternative Magna Carta Festival

Lucy Crompton-Reid, Director at Apples and Snakes, gives an insight into The Alternative Magna Carta Festival taking place at Free Word Centre, Farringdon on Saturday 13 June.

As a founding member of Free Word, Apples and Snakes supports freedom of expression, and we are increasingly concerned about an erosion of civil liberties and the possibility of UK withdrawal from the European convention on Human Rights. Given this context, the official celebrations of the Magna Carta this year become deeply ironic, given its status as the template for limited and …

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HOME COOKING: WORRYING THE [BLOOD]LINE OF BRITISH POETRY BY KAYO CHINGONYI

HOME COOKING: WORRYING THE [BLOOD]LINE OF BRITISH POETRY BY KAYO CHINGONYI


Join Kayo Chingonyi as he explores the duality inherent in being influenced by the oral tradition and the written tradition in literature. Looking in particular at the influence of Hip Hop and Contemporary British Poetry, Kayo uses these as points of ingress to a wider conversation about race, selfhood, and authenticity.

Worrying the ?[?blood?]?line of British Poetry by Kayo Chingonyi by Applesandsnakes on Mixcloud

Find out more about Kayo Chingonyi

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Winter at Arvon 2014

 This December, Apples and Snakes joined forces with The Arvon Foundation to organise a poetry week for young writers. Young poet Carmina Masoliver-Marlow writes about her experience. 

Last week I went away on an Arvon course with Apples and Snakes and a big group of poets, mainly from The Writing Room project. I was excited to have a week away to focus on writing, but I was also nervous at the prospect of being with so many people. At the time I was rehearsing for a cabaret show at The

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Unheard Voices: Making Graphic Narratives from Children’s Stories

During February and March 2014, leading Apples and Snakes artists worked with young people in secondary schools across Islington as part of a project called Unheard Voices. The graphic designer, comic creator and illustrator Richy K. Chandler wrote about his experience with Unheard Voices in his blog Tempolush. Here’s what he had to say.

Earlier in the year I got the chance to take part in Islington Council’s Unheard Voices project where children collaborated with poets and other creators, through the fantastic performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes.

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THE MIDNIGHT RUN BY INUA ELLAMS

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams tells Apples and Snakes about the relationship between the poet and the city and the theme behind ‘The Midnight Run’

For me, there are many similarities between what it is to be a writer of poetry and what it is to live in a city. Just as there are rules and regulations governing grammar and sentence  construction, there are rules and regs to urban dwelling. Punctuation is to paragraph as Stop sign is to traffic etc.  In poetry, we bend the rules as much …

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My experience of The Writing Room, by Rachel Long

My experience of The Writing Room, by Rachel Long

I started going to The Writing Room in February 2013, after seeing a workshop advertised on Apples and Snakes monthly e-newsletter, that I had subscribed to. After finishing my degree in Creative Writing and American Literature, I found myself in a creative slump. The only thing I wrote in the months after leaving Uni were cover letters, applications and editing the C.V for jobs I never heard back from. For someone who is miserable when they are not writing, I needed a creative outlet and a new space to write …

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March Snakebasket Extracts

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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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Poet of the Month: Inua Ellams

A guest post from our Poet of the Month, Inua Ellams.

As a child, I wanted to be a town planner. Then an architect. Then a visual artist. Then a graphic designer. I achieved that last one, but I only started writing poetry because I couldn’t afford paint and wanted to create with my hands. I never wanted to be a poet. Sometimes, if I’m frankly honest, I don’t think I am worthy of the title. I say this because of the regard in which it is held in …

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