Apples and Snakes’ Snakebaskets are monthly newsletters tailored for each region we work in. Here you will find lots of exciting spoken word stuff and more about what we are up to in your area. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets!
“just wanted to say thanks for one of the best poetry-info emails I’ve ever received. Hope to attend at least a couple of the events – brilliant!” London Snakebasket reader.
From London Coordinator Russell
From North East Coordinator Kirsten
August is a funny old month. Normal people have holidays. Poets don’t do this. They take solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and severely undermine their mental and physical health by bingeing on deep-fried haggis and drinking ‘til 2am at the Banshee Labyrinth. Fortunately for you, they’ve left a little bit of poetry here in the north-east, and we’d love to have your company for JibbaJabba on the 28th, featuring the Crap Time Lord himself, Richard Tyrone Jones, back to tickle you pink. Our Home Cooking podcast continues every Thursday, 5pm on www.basic.fm, this month featuring poetry and a trip down memory lane for Sara Hirsch, Michelle Madsen and Sam Berkson, who believe We Need To Talk About Stortford.
From South East Coordinator Pete
July saw poets with video cameras stalking the streets of Southampton during the Poetry Film Weekend Workshop with Batch and City Eye. There were some surprising and exciting results which will be going live online soon. Then Wordplay at GLive in Guildford where Guildford’s own Pop-Up Poets plus Anna Freeman and Adam Kammerling took the stage at the first spoken word gig ever at Guildford Fringe Festival! Inua Ellams treated the Archimedes Screw Showcase audience to a masterclass in writing and performance and the Spoke ‘n’ Word project endured extremes of hot and wet weather at Create Festival to introduce all forms of performance poetry to an impressed and impressive crowd.
Bridging the Solent arrives in Southampton on the 8th for its residency at XwwX Gallery and Mettricks. Here the travelling exhibition will gather poetry and prints before sailing to Quay Arts on Isle of Wight in October. August also sees a special 451 at Nuffield Playing Field in Guildhall Square, Southampton on Monday 11th. This is part of the Art at the Heart Festival programme and will feature the poetic talents of John Hegley, Laurie Bolger, Aaron Carpenter and that ever-popular guy who turns up at so many poetry events, Open Mike.
See you there!
From South West Coordinator Gina
Start the new month with a bang at Spokes Amaze! This Sunday (3rd August) with The Mouthy Poetry skills of Deborah Stevenson, Birmingham poet and playwright Lorna Meehan, not one but two slam winners and the usual video and slam shenanigans!
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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
August is here. There’s no use denying it. In fact, it’s happened so many times after July that I think a pattern is emerging.
This level of brilliance will doubtless come in handy as the majority of our project take a summer break, and I take the opportunity to plot and scheme for the next season. Hit the Ode, Lit Fuse, Power Plant, Level UP, etc. will all return in autumn, and we will try to bring back the resounding success that was Smash the Song too – those of you who saw CR Avery put a spell on the crowd last month know how well the cocktail of poetry and music tasted.
Of course, there is one constant which never goes away: Poets’ Place! The tireless Jasmine Gardosi has three dates (the 3rd, the 16th and the 30th Aug) when you can come meet other poets, share your work, and find out what’s going on in the region.
So, take a look after the jump if you’re after live poetry, and enjoy the beautiful weather!
See you very soon,