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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!
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175x200TellingTalesFrom London co-ordinator Russell

The fallen leaves that jewel the ground,
they know the art of dying
and leave with joy their glad gold hearts
in the scarlet shadows lying.

Incredible String Band there with ‘October Song’, pop-pickers.

Hey, now that’s poetry. And October, of course, is a month much-beloved by poets everywhere, as it includes the wild rumpus that is National Poetry Day. And how are we celebrating? Well, we’re galumphing off to Canada Water Space for another Queer’Say : a happ’nin’ show in a happ’nin’ venue in a happ’nin part of London!

Richard Purnell will be debuting his one-man show Bathtime on the 9th. It’s a murky descent into the plughole of everyday suburban life – and we all know how horrible plugholes can get. But the show, like the water, is lovely. See you there.

We’re Jawdancing again on the 22nd. If you were there last month, you’ll know that we’re becoming victims of our own success, and – heck, sometimes there are just too many dang poets. Maybe we should borrow Poetry Unplugged’s raffle-ticket selection-system.

There’s an exciting series of masterclasses coming up with Dzifa Benson: poetry and genetics! Sign up for some or all of them. It’s a rare opportunity to talk about love, literature and chromosomes with one of the high-flyers of the poetry scene.

And with Telling Tales for the teens (25th) and Storycraft for the tinies (12th & 20th), we think you’ll agree that our October programme is exquisitely rounded in all the right places.

Ten-ten till we do it again.

Read the whole London Snakebasket here
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451_From South-East co-ordinator Pete

Hello basket readers,

Coming up this month we have the multi-star-garnered spoken-word play ‘Wingman’ at 451 on the 20thWingman is written and performed by Fringe First Winner and BBC Radio 4 writer, Richard Marsh. Richard will be joined in Wingman by Jerome Wright. Also on the bill is Archimedes Screw Showcase audience choice Simon McCormack and there’ll be you, in the open mic, if you get there on time.

We’ll also be saying bon voyage to the C>RT at the end of the month as it leaves for the shores of the Isle of Wight carrying with it arty and wordy treasures from young people of Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight, but before it goes, the exhibition will be on display at Mettricks Cafe, High St, Southampton and we’ll be having a sending-off drop-in session on the 25th from 3-5pm. You are all welcome to join us. At everything.

Read the whole South-East Snakebasket here

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readourlips From North-East co-ordinator Kirsten

Oh my good lord, where to start?

Any poet within shouting distance of Middlesbrough can bring a piece to Read Our Lips on Saturday 4 October and in just one day turn it into a filmpoem under the expert tutelage of Writers Block North East. Further up the Tees, poets can do the same thing in Barnard Castle on Saturday 25 October.

Everyone can experience poetry inspired by the art of Louise Bourgeois, in amongst the art itself – Women Without Secrets is a special one-off event at mima, featuring Sophia BlackwellSheree Mack and the Tees Women Poets on the 11th . It will be intimate, sensual, beautiful.

Poets can Find Their Funny with the amazing Scott Tyrrell at Scratch Club on Sunday 19 October, when he brings his powers on stand-up to bear on spoken word delivery.

Live literature at Live Theatre returns with a dazzling display on Thursday 30 OctoberDouble Bill brings together spoken word with other art forms, and this time there is music and poetry from our own Matt Stalker plus the magical mix of poetry and perfume that is The Shipwrecked House by Breton poet Claire Trevien.

Home Cooking podcasts take a short break while we arrange for a new radio station slot – but watch this space, our next show is the splendid Stand Up And Slam from Dan Simpson and Paula Varjack, expect it in November…

HEADS UP FOR NOVEMBER! If you’d like to take a spoken word show to the Edinburgh Fringe next year, join us for a free Power Plant master class on Saturday 1 November.

Read the whole North-East Snakebasket here.

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From South-West co-ordinator Gina

Welcome to October, a month of autumnal changes, Halloween and poetry cross breeds! Yep, that’s right this month we bring you a Rhymewarp and Forked Special on Thursday 23 October, a beautiful poetic mongrel is born! Enjoy all the delights of a Rhymewarp evening, hosted by Mama Tokus plus a headline set from razor sharp tongued Thick Richard, all part of this year’s Plymouth International Book Festival, what’s not to love!

Spokes Amaze is taking a break this month whilst the infamous Exeter Poetry Festival Slam takes hold of the reins in its place. We will be back on Sunday November 2 though, with the sweet descriptive, all together delicious voice and stories of Inua Ellams. It’s going to be a busy night so get your tickets early to guarantee a seat.

See you there x

Read the whole South-West Snakebasket here

 

 

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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.

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten

Everyone have a good summer? Everyone ready for some spoken word?

ScratchTyne175x200Poets and performers from beginners to professionals are invited to test out new work at our Scratch Club on the 21st - this is open-to-all. Meanwhile, the slightly more secretive Tees Women Poets will be working with Precious Cargo Theatre to devise a performance of works inspired by Louise Bourgeois. Watch this space for news of the final event, happening at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on the 11th October and featuring headliners Sophia Blackwell and Sheree Mack.

JibbaJabba on the 25th is for all you geeks – our special guest is Dan Simpson, fresh from a Fringe run of his new show Applied Mathematics, and with copies of his very first full collection of the same name, out now with Burning Eye Press.

Sally Crabtree, the ‘Poetry Postie’, joins us for this month’s Home Cooking podcast with a light-hearted look at delivering accessible poetry to everyone. Sing-O-Gram with Daljit Nagra, anyone?Every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm.

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From South East Coordinator Pete

175x200Spoke-n-Word-logo-TextureAugust saw the final local heat of the Spoke ‘n’ Word bicycle-powered slam with young poets sharing their work in the hope of a slot in the Grand Final which takes place  21st September at Wise Words Festival.

Then in Southampton we welcomed the arrival of The C>RT as the IMPRESS leg of the Bridging the Solent project kicked off and young people from No Limits began their adventures in spoken word and print-making. The first drop-in day of IMPRESS at XwwX Gallery is on the 12th where you can view the work created so far as part of Bridging the Solent.

The penultimate showcase of 2014 Archimedes Screw Showcase is also on the 12th, where one lucky open miker will be voted Archimedes Screw Champion for September and bag themselves a paid slot at 451 - there’ll also be a headline set from Anthony Anaxagorou!

All this takes place before we sail gracefully into the mists and mellow fruitfulness of October – enjoy!

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From South West Coordinator Gina

It’s a joy to announce a Triple bill of spoken word this month!

Spoke Amaze final colour 175x200First up of course, it’s the Amazing Spokes: Amaze! on the 7th. Headlined by poetry star and Totnes resident Matt Harvey with Bath boy Toby Thompson, it’s a double whammy of regional talent! There’s the beautiful Ready Steady Slam to look forward to and a set from August slam winner Katie Moudry, plus some handpicked tasty morsels for the screen, what’s not to love? We have 2 spaces left on the slam, email me gina@applesandsnakes.org, to sign up and find out more.

Forked! Is back on the 18th with a fantastic line up including regional rising stars Saskia Tomlinson and Jason Butler plus the charming self-confessed geek Dan Simpson. The cherry on the cake? Why it’s burlesque comedy spoken word goddess, all the way from New Zealand- ‘Hot Pink’ Penny Ashton. Check out The Hoochie Poem here.

And thirdly, yep there’s more! Look out for the Poetry Postie Sally Crabtree on her rounds on the 17th and the 24th, stopping off at Plymouth railway Station and heading south the following week to Falmouth, as part of SPLASH, a quirky, inspiring festival sure to lift your spirits. You can’t miss her, she’s got a huge bike and a bag of poetic goodies just waiting for you to stamp!

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan

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Hit the Ode is back! Sorry, I know I should ease you into this email, but I got really excited. After a long summer, full of longing and wistful sighs, Brum gets its night back on the 18th, and we’re returning in style: we have the rapidly rising star Stephen Morrison-Burke representing the Midlands, the inimitable Sally Jenkinson as the national poet, and Nilson Muniz, Portuguese national slam champion performing with gusto (and subtitles).

Also this month, on the 6th Ben Norris presents the show he developed based on his Lit Fuse piece from a few months back. Those of you who were there know that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is not to be missed. The rest might be enticed by this trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkwZywNipgI). See you there for a premiere showing and Q&A with the team.

Finally, dependable as ever, Poets’ Place keeps going. They’ve recently beaten their attendance record, and I don’t believe they can be stopped now: Jasmine Gardosi has turned this informal meeting space into a biscuit-and-poetry fueled juggernaut. Come see what the fuss is about on the 13th and the 27th!

See you very soon,

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From London Coordinator Russell

Well, here we are again, post-Edinburgh, post-holidays, post-ironic – and ready to ride post-haste into the wilds of autumn.JAWDANCE175X200

Well, kind of. We’re just getting back up to speed, really. Things kicked off properly yesterday, when the Picture The Poet exhibition hit Sheffield. Watch out for the exciting outreach activities that’ll be accompanying that up in Steel City.

Down here in the Great Wen, we’ll be resuming Jawdance on the 24th. Exciting new guest acts, but same old pack-drill, i.e: get there early!
We’re also fielding a team at the Hammer & Tongue Slam Finals on the 27th at the Royal Albert Hall Loading Bay, which is all very fun and exciting! Come along and root for us!

On the 28th we have The Final SPOKE Show of the season, in fact, it will be the final event of the whole SPOKE project which started back in Autumn 2013 - how time flies.

Looking ahead to October, our third and final Queer’Say show is on the 2nd, featuring Aoife Mannix, Anna C Kahn and Jack Rooke. And we’re helping Richard Purnell scratch his new show, Bathtime Stories, at the Free Word Centre on the 9th.

Not a bad month, all told. Like going back to school, only nicer.

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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! 

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From London Coordinator Russell

Ah, August: the month when we spend thousands of pounds travelling to Edinburgh to put on shows for audiences who all come from Islington anyway. Happy times. You can read about some of this Midlothian madness in our Recommended section, below.
Well now – can it really be a year since we kicked off our Spoke project at the Olympic Park? How things have changed: Prince Harry‘s been there, for a start. Not that I noticed him in the Poetry Potting-Shed. Anyway, things are now drawing to a close with our Reprezent Radio Residency (or should that be rezidency?) and the creation of our mega East London community poem.
Just to prove that it’s not all easterly, we’ll also be gravitating south for the Croydon Wordfest open mic. And we’re continuing another long-term project with our Architects Of Our Republic workshops, celebrating the fiftieth (or fifty-first, by now) anniversary of the March on Washington.
I was just putting this Snakebasket together when I heard about the untimely death of that ubiquitous open-miker The Wizard of Skill (James Angir). The loosest cannon on a scene that’s full of them, he could always be relied upon to add an edge of out-thereness to any poetry night: you never quite knew what you were going to get, but you knew you were going to be damn well entertained. He was entirely his own man, on stage as well as off, and things won’t be the same without him. Remember him this way.
Rest in poetry, brother.

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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 HirschMichelle Madsen and Sam Berkson, who believe We Need To Talk About Stortford.

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From South East Coordinator Pete

Hello,

 

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 FestivalInua 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 HegleyLaurie BolgerAaron Carpenter and that ever-popular guy who turns up at so many poetry events, Open Mike. 

See you there!

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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!

Fancy Slamming your way to a paid set? Sign up to Slam this month and in advance for September, just e-mail me gina@applesandsnakes.org and I can give you all the info you need, new comers welcome!

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan

Hello all! 

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 OdeLit FusePower PlantLevel 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 3rdthe 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,

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175x200From London Coordinator Russell

Summer is usually a peaceful season on the poetry scene. But not this time. Just look at the glorious gallimaufry of goodies we have in store this month…

The biggest and baddest (in the Michael Jackson sense) is the WORDCUP2014 Slam Final, our inter-schools slam tournament on Saturday 12 July at Stratford Circus. That’s part of our SPOKE project, as is our forthcoming Reprezent 107.3 FM residency, kicking off on the 13th and starring the masterful Mr Gee.

Speaking of masters, we have a couple of masterclasses towards the end of the month: Touring You & Others on the 22nd, and Hosting a Spoken Word Event on the 25th. Immediately before the former, there are some exclusive one-to-one surgeries for anyone interested in taking their poetry career to the next level.

After a month off, in which we’ve been paying our respects to the Great God Football, Jawdance returns to Rich Mix on the 23rd.

Down in Croydon, meanwhile, we not only have ninety minutes of stage-time at LeeFest on Sunday 13th, but also some exciting workshops at Croydon Wordfest throughout the month. Fest city, indeed.

Completing the round-up, look out for the Architects of Our Republic workshops. And, for the anklebiters, there’s another splendid Storycraft session on the 21st.

We’ll let up a bit next month, trust me.

Read the whole London Snakebasket here.

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten
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Now, what with it being summer and all that, you’ll be fancying a trip to the seaside, won’t you? To a beautiful Victoria resort town? Where you can hear splendid spoken word whilst sipping a cocktail under the awning of a delightful café on a balmy evening? I thought so.

Luckily for you, I have exactly such a thing planned – join us at The Sitting Room in Saltburn for The Splitting Of The Mermaid on the 18th, a new show by Edinburgh Free Fringe Best Newcomer 2013 Lucy Ayrton. She will bring us a re-telling of The Little Mermaid, and be ably supported by a new collective performance by the Tees Women Poets and music from Sara Dennis.

As ever, please tune in to Home Cooking every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm. This month we hear from Carmina Masoliver and her celebrated cabaret of all things feminist, She Grrrrowls. Featured in discussion with Carmina Masoliver are Selina Nwulu, Katie Byford, Bisha Ali and Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes. ‘Open mic’ poets include Sophie Chei and Bunmi Huzzan.

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175x200Spoke-n-Word-logo-TextureFrom South East Coordinator Pete

Hello all!

June, like an old-school tennis shoe has passed in a green flash, but it was not without incident. On the big red LV21 art-ship at Guildford Festival, there was the first of the Spoke ‘N’ Word youth slams.

The next Spoke ‘N’ Word slam will be served up at Create Festival on the 27th – make a note in your diary and while you’re at it mark in the 9th Wordplay; where top poets Adam Kammerling and Anna Freeman will be sharing the stage with The Pop-up Poets at GLive in Guildford.

Then to complete our July deuce(y) bill we have Archimedes Screw on the 11th at The Art House, where Inua Ellams, Aaron Carpenter, Alec Harkness, plus local poets will showcase their spoken word skills!

Ever considered creating films and videos of your own poems? Join in on the Poetry Film Workshop Weekend on the 5th and 6th led by Architects of Our Republic film-maker, Anthony ‘Batch’ Batchelor. This FREE workshop is designed to explore filmmaking skills with poets.

August sneak peek; SPOKE ‘N’ WORD at LOUNGE ON THE FARM is happening on the 2nd. Young people from the Canterbury District will perform alongside some of the UK’s most exciting spoken word artists.

Read the whole South East Snakebasket here.

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From South West Coordinator GinaMay_175x200

It’s a joy to announce a double bill of spoken word shows this month!

First up of course, on the 6th it’s the amazing Spokes:Amaze! Headlined by none other than the powerful, slick words of Dean Atta with support from local legend, funny man Rob Barratt. With all the usual shenanigans of the Ready Steady Slam, including a set from May’s worthy winner James Turner and some splendid films! Sign up to one of the 6 places on the slam by emailing gina@applesandsnakes.org, it’s a first come first serve basis so get cracking! Oh and a quick reminder to y’ all to arrive on time, 7.30pm is kick off, cocktails served from 6.30pm!

Forked! is back on the 17th with a fantastic line up that showcases some wonderful regional poets and one of my personal inspirations, the highly gifted Sabrina Mahfouz. With an array of poetry projects under her belt, from sell out Fringe shows to numerous awards and residencies, Sabrina is sure to inspire you too. She will be joined by the gorgeous Lucy Lepchani, performing a selection of works including some pieces form new book Ladygardens – is that the best title ever or what! Not to mention Malaika Kegode and punk balladeer Julian Issacs. What a night it will be!

Join our Facebook group to keep up to date with what’s going on between the baskets!

Read the whole South West Snakebasket here.

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Smash the Song Square 175x200 copyFrom West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan

Hello all!

Summer is here, and you may have thought things would slow down a little. It’s understandable, hypothetical reader of this newsletter: you have a lot on. It’s also demonstrably wrong.

First and foremost, check out Smash the Song on the 14th – an event devoted to the union of poetry and music, and featuring Canada’s wildly talented CR Avery, Nottingham’s charismatic Deborah Stevenson, and Brum’s own all-powerful Beatfreeks. If the name of the event sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a Hit the Ode special – the regular flavour won’t return until September, so here’s your chance to get your fix.

July also marks the beginning of a new series of Power Plant masterclasses, designed to help poets make use of new media for creative and professional purposes. We start with a bang on the 25th and 26th July: the opportunity to work with veteran film-maker Pippa Riddick and create a slick video in just one day. This is free to attend, but places are strictly limited, so if you are a poet looking to build your online presence, run, don’t walk.

Poets’ Place sessions don’t stop for such trifling matters as holidays or high temperature – join us on the 5th and 19th for a supportive atmosphere, writing prompts, and, I’m told, more often than not, cake. What more do you need?

Don’t miss all the festival action in the region, either – all the details you need are after the jump.

Read the whole West Midlands Snakebasket here.

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From London Coordinator Russell WORDCUP_BANNER_681X254

And the main news: no Jawdance at Rich Mix this month. If you do turn up on the fourth Wednesday, you will be treated to the poetry of Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran on the big screen instead. We will, however, have a special one-off Jawdance in Barking on the 5th.  And there’s another extra open mic coming up very soon indeed: U Talk 2 Much on Sunday 1 June, up in sunny Holloway. Two sterling opportunities to take that mic.

On the 24th, we’re co-presenting Utter!‘s Spoken Word History show, headlined by Phill Jupitus of Bottom Knocker Street fame. And looking ahead, on the 2nd July, Clair Whitefield and Jess Holly Bates will be unveiling a double-bill of exciting new solo shows from both sides of the globe. Just after that, on the 4th July will see the next in our Queer’Say series of LGBT shows.

Speaking of which, we have a masterclass in Putting Together a Solo Show, courtesy of the winsome Mr Nick Field. That’s on the 16th, so reserve your place now. And there’s a masterclass in slam poetry with Peter Kahn a mere two days later.

Our touring exhibition Picture The Poet is currently on its Norwich leg, and that’ll be culminating in a performance on the 20th, if anyone fancies the trek to Alan Partridge Central.

Meanwhile, our SPOKE project carries on at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Watch our website for news of residencies, community poems and our big big big Word Cup 2014 tournament. Also look out for news of our No Panic project in Sutton, too – proof that we’ve got the whole capital pretty much covered. AND Croydon Word Fest continues, with a series of workshops throughout June.

Lastly, we’d like to tell you about the #feelingnuts initiative, drawing attention to testicular cancer. If you’ve got a poem about feeling nuts (in any sense of the term), send it to russell@applesandsnakes.org – and also to #feelingnuts – and there’ll be a small poetry prize for the writer of the best one. Wahey!

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HC_100x100From North East Coordinator Kirsten

June! Already? How did that happen?? Like the ineffable glory of each sunrise, the spoken word just keeps coming…

JibbaJabba on Thursday 26 June is a whopping double-header, featuring the fantastic Keith Jarrett (slam champion, described by Sabotage Reviews as “a bit of a dude”) AND Jess Holly Bates (over from New Zealand).

Scratch Tyne offers all you poets the chance to work on writing and performing in character, led by the immensely talented Mike Edwards on the 15th. Plus there is an extra, Apples-endorsed workshop coming your way – Moments of Epiphany on Saturday 7 June, courtesy of those most excellent poets and editors at Butcher’s Dog Magazine, followed by their issue 3 launch party. PLUS, why not try writing for kids? The awesome Polarbear is here on the 28th to show you how. Oh yeah, only bleedin’ POLARBEAR! (squeals like a groupie).

And throughout the month, why not tune into Home Cooking every Thursday at 5pm on www.basic.fm. This month we celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas with award-winning poet Mab Jones and a massive list of featured poets, including an interview with Benjamin Zephaniah.

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175x200Spoke-n-Word-logo-TextureFrom South East Coordinator Pete

Hello!

There’s exciting things afoot in the South East this month!

The Kent-wide bicycle-powered youth slam starts to take shape- Spoke ‘n’ Word (see what we did there?) begins to bear fruit at the first of three local youth slams, this one onboard art-ship LV21 in Gillingham as part of Fuse Festival Friday 13 – Sunday 15 June.

Young poets will be sharing their words as they vie for places in the regional grand final at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury in September. If you know anyone between the ages of 14 and 21 who’d like to take part in the Canterbury leg of the Spoke ’n’ Word project – check it out!

Meanwhile, in Southampton, we’re welcoming one of the tallest poets on the circuit, the aptly named Longfella, who, amongst other achievements, wrote the poem that accompanied the unveiling of the statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford – but there’s much, much more to the big lad up front than football. Come along to 451 on the 16th and have a listen

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Jump into June with a jam packed first week of spoken word shenanigans!

This Sunday (1st June) join Spokes Amaze on location at Exeter Respect Festival, as we take to the Widsith & Deor Cabaret Tipi, 1-2.30pm. We have a super-sized Ready Steady Slam and some top notch regional artists lined up to entertain amongst the fields, mud and music. Check out the website here.

I am really excited to announce that from Monday 2 June BABBLE will be stampeding onto the Bike Shed Theatre stage for four whole nights! This is a night like no other, as the crème de la crème of local poetry teams fight it out for haiku supremacy, with Quizmaster Jack Dean holding the reigns. Come support this one off show and more importantly the talented local poets taking part, it’s going to be total lyrical lunacy and hilarity, well worth a naughty late night!

Later in the Month, be sure to head to Barnstable for the fabulous Fringe Theatrefest. This year there’s a plethora of impressive spoken word on the programme, including Apples and Snakes supported show: Quint-essentially Spectacular Vernacular! from the 19th-21st June.

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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. These are extracts – sign up here to receive the whole message! 

“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.

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From London Coordinator Russell

There, I knew it was a mistake to mention the weather in last month’s Snakebasket. No sooner had we pressed ‘send’ than the orders started rolling in at the Datchet branch of Sandbags-R-Us. Sorry about that.

So – March, then. You’ll be delighted to hear that we are forging ahead with Spoke – the spoken-word initiative in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This month it comprises a best-of show from our schools residencies, and the start of a residency in the Park itself. The mighty Michael Rosen will be there on the 21st – as will our freshly-creosoted Poetry Potting-Shed. Huzza!

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Elsewhere, we’ll be Jawdancing on the 26th, with a special guest to mark Bangladesh Independence Day. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but please arrive early if you want an open-mic slot. Come 6.45, they’re pretty thin on the ground.

There’ll be masterclasses, too: Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze tackling performance techniques on the 5th, and Chanje Kunda showing you how to apply for Arts Council funding on the 24th. In both cases, take it from one who knows. As ever, both sessions are absolutely free. And watch out for a tree-mendous opportunity below. Bit of a joke, there.

Ça suffit.

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
Hello all!
March is here – there must be a joke in there about, oh, I don’t know, poetry putting a spring in your step. But we are not here to make feeble puns! Words can be put to better uses.

175x200Level-Up-Banner-LogoLevel UP has launched to huge success: there was an impressive amount of talent in the REP that night, and our headliner, Dizraeli, seemed surprised and impressed with Birmingham’s young poets. The next one is happening on the 31st, and whether you want to perform or not, you shouldn’t sleep on this event – it’ll be the stuff of legends one day. And if you are a young poet trying to work up the courage to perform, remember the weekly academies held every Friday, are there to help you work on craft and confidence.

Hit the Ode is back on the 20th, as reliable as the seasons, but this time we bring the old and the new together, with feature sets from veteran performer Martin Glynn, British Sign Language poet Donna Williams, and Scotlands indomitable (and award-winning) Rachel McCrum. Also, we will be announcing some incredibly exciting news at that event, concerning line-ups and plans for world domination. So, yes – another one not to miss.

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work. Plus: there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

Lucky you!

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten

Oh my word, people are you ready?

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On the 5th March you really need to hoy yourself down to ARC for Articulate – firstly, a showing of the wonderful entries for the Read Our Lips Filmpoem Competition, where one lucky poet will win £100, and then the amazing Ross Sutherland performing his Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit show Stand By For Tape Back-Up. Ever wondered if you could commune with the spirit of your late grandfather using looped video clips from the Crystal Maze? Ross has…

As ever, JibbaJabba is there to brighten your life on the 27th, with featured poet Rachel McCrum coming down from running the mega Rally & Broad night in Edinburgh to grace us with her very beautiful, literate poetry.

And all through March, every Thursday at 5pm, you can hear our Home Cooking broadcast on www.basic.fmMike Edwards and his Imaginary Friends, featuring very skillful and very funny characters

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work.

Plus: there’s a chance to win a

prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

Until next time…

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From South East Coordinator Pete

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Despite it being the middle of the winter monsoon season in Margate we had a lovely cosy Big Talk at the Tom Thumb at the end of January, with Ben Lawrence and Simon Mole. Then 451 came round again and as well as great sets from Dave Allen and the incomparable Patience Agbabi, the young Flip the Script poets of the Isle of Wight showed their mettle by performing for the first time off the island in front of a room of strangers.

Looking to the future, the One Way Ticket tour begins in earnest in March at both the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate on the 22nd and SS Sheildhall in Southampton on the 29th before relocating to LV21 in Gilligham for some early April half-term performances. Full details about the tour below.

Also coming your way in March is the Archimedes Screw Showcase on the 14th with UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007) Deanna Rodger. The delightful Sabrina Mahfouz headlines the International Woman Scream Poetry Festival on the 22nd. And don’t miss the chance to see funny man Rob Auton perform at Big Talk on the 28th.

Couple of heads-ups: only a few days left to apply for Poetry&Words at Glastonbury Festival and check out the ‘Applying for Grants’ workshop in Brighton, all very useful stuff. And there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

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From South West Coordinator Gina

Heading into spring and we have lots spoken word treats for you to enjoy this March.

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For International Women’s day see The Promise Gig on Saturday 8 March with an exciting range of female voices.There’s poetry to inspire and delight at Forked on Thursday 20 March and coming up on Wednesday 2 April in Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre keep an eye out for Gallery Sessions.

Take a look below at Pangaea Poetry Slam – an online poetry slam for poets from around the world to come together to share, discuss and create work.

And there’s a chance to win a prize of up to £500 while helping Apples and Snakes to understand their audiences better!

That’s all for now, see you at a poetry event soon.

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“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.

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From London coordinator Russell

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Happy New Year!

Admittedly premature, as we’re sending this out before Christmas, but that’s the way we roll: always forging ahead into brave new futures. A dizzying concept to those of us who don’t even know what we’re doing this afternoon.

Yet we cannot countenance the future without shouldering the trappings of our past, and so we continue to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech with showcase events at Woolwich Library on the 21st and theStephen Lawrence Centre on the 27thZena Edwards! Charlie Dark! Kenny Baraka! Three tremendous ways to start the year!

Jawdance returns on the 22nd, and it gets more popular with each passing month. A reminder, therefore, to arrive early if you’d like to perform: the list opens at 6.15pm and fills up in about twenty minutes. As always, we will bend over backwards to accommodate as many of you as we possibly can. Watch us.

And – as our transatlantic geomorphs say – that’s all she wrote. (See what I did there – signed off with a writing–y kind of phrase?) (Signed off – there’s another one.)

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From West Midlands coordinator Bohdan

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So, while you wind down and prepare for the holidays, Apples and Snakes is sending out the January Snakebasket a wee bit ahead to give you enough time to digest it along with all of the festive frivolities.

We’ll be raring to go on Thursday 16th January with a new year edition of Hit The Ode at The Victoria, Birmingham, line-up is currently a closely guarded secret, keep an eye on the Hit The Ode Facebook page for further announcements!

The new year will bring you bright new projects, the return of old favourites including Level UP, Lit Fuse and Wordsmiths & Coand the Midlands poetry scene continues to thrive with great work and top artists.

Happy holidays folks! 

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten

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We’re sending our January Snakebasket early as we have stacks of superb spoken word coming up – starting with the dazzlingHannah Silva, visiting from Birmingham to lead two workshops. Everyone can enjoy an evening of her poetry alongside stunning musician Beccy Owen on Friday 10 January at Live Theatre.

Workshops continue with a day of playfulness on Sunday 19 January – writing for kids with the talented Dominic Berry, poet in residence at Newcastle Libraries. Then stick around to have fun with physical performance, led by Gabriele Heller ofTheatre-between also on the 19th

It’s a field-day for audiences on Thursday 23 January as Apples puts up the prize for SLAMalgamate, the union of no less than three local spoken word nights all sending in their champions!

And all through January, every Thursday at 5pm, you can hearHenry Raby’s Home Cooking broadcast on www.basic.fm -Studs, Safety Pins and Spoken Words – Punk Poetry’s Not Dead!

HEADS UP! After his standing ovation at JibbaJabba last November, Rob Auton returns on Saturday 1 February with hisSky Show – get there early, it’ll be standing room only!

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From South East Coordinator Pete

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At the end of November at Big Talk, Hastings-based Steve Tasane read and performed from his first novel for teens, Blood Donors, a gore-fest of inner-city creepiness,

supported by Lucy Lepchani, performing from her new collection Ladygardens. December’s 451 saw Rob Gee perform his touching and funny one-man show Forget Me Not to an enthralled audience. It was a tour de force performance and was ably supported byArchimedes Screw Showcase winner from November, Kaleigh O’Reilly, plus an open mic as multifarious as ever.

In Brighton, Hammer & Tongue held their annual champion of champions slam and the winner, for the second year on the trot, was Tommy Sissons, who recently appeared in Apples and Snakes’ Public Address II national tour and is rapidly earning a name for himself.

It’s been a full year for Apples and Snakes South East with plenty to be proud and excited about and there’s no letup in 2014 as plans for Spoke ‘N’ Word, the bicycle-powered Kent-touring young person slam, develop and the performance poetry pipeline is filling with further opportunities and events. Keep your ears peeled for what’s coming up including Big Talk on the 31st and Archimedes Screw on the 10th and have a restive festive season.

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From South West coordinator Gina

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Hello,

I do hope you are all enjoying the Christmas sparkle! We’re sending out our January Snakebasket a wee bit ahead this month to give you enough time to digest it along with all of the other seasonal festivities.

Coming up on Sunday 5th January and to start the new year with a bang, we bring you a special edition of Spokes Amaze!featuring Luke Wright‘s new one-man show, Essex Lion.

Then on Thursday 23rd January Forked in Plymouth returns featuring amongst many others, international performance poet and true spoken word star, Hollie McNish.

Well that’s certainly enough to warm your cockles!

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

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From London Coordinator Russell
LeeFest 200x200Gosh, halfway through the year already. Can you believe it? I have Christmas presents that I’ve still not taken out of their packets yet. (I also have a Christmas cake that says ‘Best before Feb 2010′ on the box, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.) As it’s summertime, we’ll be plying our poetry at a couple of festivals, and I’m talking about real, sleeping-in-compost festivals – none of this Hay-on-Wye stuff. That’s outer London’s own Leefest, and Suffolk’s mighty Latitude. Details below.

Other than that, we’ll be Jawdancing again on the fourth Wednesday (before ‘going dark’ for a month). And there’ll also be another Storycraft session for the little ones. An early heads-up, too, for our ever-popular Word’s a Stage, which will be back at the Gallery Cafe on Fri 2 August, with Niall O’Sullivan, Dean McCaffrey, Jason Pilley and many many more (actually one more). Away – hold, enough! Hope to see you at a poetry gig soon.

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
jazz-shop-100x100Hello all! July has arrived. That’s your cue, sun, do your thing. Well, as we wait for it to emerge, we can always amuse ourselves with poetry. Much of our regular programming pauses for the summer months: Hit the Ode, Wordsmiths & Co. and Level UP will all return after the holidays. In the meantime, check out wordsmithsand.co for videos of past editions, and keep monitoring Hit the Ode’s Facebook page, as we will be announcing the premiere of our mini-documentary about the night in the next few weeks. Note that Poets’ Place continues unabashed – on the 13th this month!

But of course we would not dream of leaving you bereft of live poetry, and there are two major events I would like to call to your attention. First, I’m very excited to announce Poetry at the Jazz Shop: a series of lunchtime poetry events held in a shopping unit at the Great Western Arcade, as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. There will be 8 half-hour shows, each curated by a different local poetry group or community – Hit the Ode on the 12th, for example – but come to them all! It’s a real celebration of the local talent, and an unparalleled opportunity to sample new artists and take in some nourishing poetry during your lunch break. Exciting times!

And second – the Ledbury Poetry Festival begins soon, and the spoken word section this year is particularly exciting: highlights include Kate Tempest, Tim Clare as Pub Stuntman, Mr Gee, and the return of Bang Said the Gun. You’ll find more details after the jump; well worth checking out!

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten
HC_100x100Some super spoken goodies for you in July – kicking off with the first ever appearance of poetry at the brilliant NARC.Fest on the 6th. Join us at The Cycle Hub at the mouth of Newcastle’s hip-and-happening Ouseburn Valley for performances by newcomer Deborah Moore, rising star Asa J Maddison, punk favourite Ann Porro, and the magnificent Scott Tyrell. Our season of Poetry Sundays at NeST concludes with Writing in Character on the 14th, a workshop and performance with Mike Edwards. And if you’re a writer looking to improve the way you use online platforms for self-promotion and creative practise, check out our fantastic workshop with Jacob Sam-la Rose on the 20th.

And of course there is Scratch Tyne on the 21st – your chance to shape the skills of our poets, as we ask not for your money but for your feedback! Join us for our last gathering before August break, and see what’s new. July’s Home Cooking creative radio commission is on the 11th, and comes from Cuckoo Writers, the group of young people supported by New Writing North who took a trip down Northumberland Street with poet John Challis. Tune in to www.basic.fm at 1pm every Thursday for spoken word!

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From South East Coordinator Pete
BigTalk-Logo-100x100Since I last Snakebasketted (is that a real word?) there’s been a couple of Apples and Snakes events happening in the South East: tagged right on the end of May, Big Talk brought more rocking good poetry to Margate in the guise of Raymond Antrobus and Stewart Taylor – and look out for the Big Talk naughty but nice summer show on Friday 26 July (details below). Here in Southampton, 451 was a jaw-dropping experience for some (in a good way) with Zena Edwards filling the room with velvety vocal vibes and Jonny Fluffyunk raising great guffaws of goodness.

There’s also been an Apples and Snakes supported project running in Hampshire in June called Writing With My Eyes in which poets have been working with young people to produce interactive poetry for iBooks. More about that project here and here. And finally, a big congratulations (CONGRATULATIONS!) to ArtfulScribe for the completion of their first hugely successful year promoting poetry through performance, events and workshops – including Archimedes Screw, this month on the 12th!

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From South West Coordinator Gina

May_100x100July is upon us with plenty of poetry opportunities and events that come highly recommended by Apples and Snakes SW. None more so than our very own FORKED! Returning at an earlier date of 11th July with what can only be described as an outstanding and eclectic line up! We’ve got punk poetry ranting complete with double bass, award winning Welsh poetry pearls, wacky Cornish comic rhymes and a dollop of witty absurdist writing thrown in for good measure. If your aged 13-19 and live in Wiltshire head to Salisbury Arts Centre on the 31st for the Hijack All-Dayer and catch Chris Redmond running Spoken Word workshops courtesy of Apples and Snakes. All in all fun times this July!

 

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From London Coordinator Russell

Apr-100x100Hi there, poetry-pickers. Join us, if you will, on a journey into the centre of 2013, in a month that, like an ill-cast pantomime-horse, is considerably more substantial in its posterior than in its front bit. We’ll be proffering paternally prandial poetry at St Thomas’s Hospital on the 17th, with our Fathers’ Day Spoken Word Lunch. And Storycraft also on the 17th will be delighting those immediate products of paternalism – da littluns – later that same day at Rich Mix.

There’s the latest in our successful Writing Room series – this one featuring the mighty Joelle Tayloron the 25th, followed swiftly by Jawdance on the 26th, the open mic that’s as exciting as a cartoon skeleton playing its own ribcage like a xylophone. But which won’t give you nightmares. Possibly. Finally, a quick reminder for all you poets: the National Poetry Competition is now open for entries, and has a £5,000 first prize. Thinking of entering? Details here

That’s all. 10-10 till we do it again, as we used to say in CB radio days.

 

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
hto_100x100Hello all! And just like that, we find ourselves in June. This month, several of our regular events will have their final regular installments before they go on their yearly summer hiatus. So, if you want to catch Hit the Ode, Level Up, and Wordsmiths & Co. before autumn, here’s your last chance. Look for line-ups, dates and details after the jump… And believe me, it’s well worth your time.

This month will also be the last month of filming for the Hit the Ode documentary, so if you would like to feature in the final edit – performing your work, nodding wisely in the audience, enlightening the world during an interview – get thee to the Victoria. And just a sneak peek into the future, let me tell you how excited I am at the prospect of working with the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ll be bringing you 8, count them, 8 lunch time poetry shows, each curated by a different local community of poets. Can’t wait.

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten
LukeWrightFavPoet-100x100Hello! This month if you come to anything, come to Articulate on the 12th to see the phenomenally talented Luke Wright perform his show Your New Favourite Poet, with support from the wonderful Amanda Baker. Poetry Sundays continue at NeST on the 9th with Vowel Movements, a workshop and performance with Jenni Pascoe. And on the radio, it’s the turn of Joel Barrow to take on the Home Cooking mantle with a selection of live recordings from the recent highly-praised musical poetry improv sessions, which took place at System Gallery as part of The Late Shows. Tune in to basic.fm at 1pm on the 6th June for spoken word!

And if that’s not enough, this month’s Scratch Tyne on the 16th is a special launch event for Dawn Furness with her spoken word book/CD Adult Orphan, which fuses poetry, photography and music as she examines the process of clearing out her parents’ attic after their death and re-encountering the ephemera of childhood. Participants are invited to bring a contribution of food to the party of a dish or canapé that they remember that holds special memories from their childhood.

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From South East Coordinator Pete
451_Web-thumb-100x100Hello, it’s that time of the month when the ping of the Snakebasket arriving in your inbox wakes you from your post lunch early-summer dreaming. Or something.?? There’s plenty to occupy poetic minds across the South East in June, some of which is listed below, including the monumental line-up of Zena Edwards and Jonny Fluffypunk at 451 on Monday 17 June,  with 451’s usual host in an unusual role – Rob Casey will have to introduce himself. (Let’s hope he doesn’t trip over his own hyperbole when he’s stepping onto the stage).

In May the young poets of Brighton took on the young MC’s of Brighton in Brighton’s first ever Youth Poets vs MC’s event, and the winner was … well, if you weren’t there you won’t know, but the gauntlet has definitely been thrown down for a re-match next year.* Congratulations goes out to ArtfulScribe’s Matt West who was appointed Southampton’s first ever Children’s Poet Laureate in May. His role will be to inspire youngsters in all corners of the city to enjoy reading and writing poetry. ??*The winner was youth spoken word.

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From South West Coordinator Gina

Sally-Jenkinson-100x100Welcome wordlings! First up, we bring you the beautiful, moving and witty tale that is Folly by the brilliant Sally Jenkinson on the 6th. Full of heartfelt and honest stories of traveling and searching for oneself accompanied by a delightful original guitar score. You will also catch the energetic story force known as Clive Pig, all in all a fantastic quality evening not to be missed. Later in the month check out Spectacular Vernacular from the 20-22 June, a poetry show supported by Apples and Snakes, part of the brilliant Fringe TheatreFest. This year I’ve added some superb regional talent to the usual enchanting mix of poets and performers. See you at a gig!

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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!

Level-Up-Logo-100x100The 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, this is your chance to make your voice heard… And to meet some of the country’s best performers. We haven’t published the full line-up yet, but because it’s you, I’ll give you some names: Polarbear. Hollie McNish. Dizraeli. Kate Tempest. Dreadlock Alien. I know, right? More good news: Poets’ Place returns in a new venue – so once again you can use your Saturday afternoons to chat, write, and share tips with fellow poets. That’s the 9th and 23rd!

Word-Smiths-175x200After a successful run of 7 workshops, Power Plant has come to an end. If you attend one or more of the sessions, I’d love to hear from you – tell me what you thought of them, whether you think the series was useful, and what you would like future masterclasses to focus on. Let’s make the second season even more powerful. And, er, plant-like, I guess. There’s more – a very special Hit the Ode on the 21st, Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Daljit Nagra on the 13th, and some real gems in the “recommended” section – but you can check all this yourself after the jump.

See you very soon!
Bohdan Piasecki, Apples and Snakes West Midlands Coordinator

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March is chock-full of events and opportunities from Apples and Snakes, so please excuse the less-than-ambling preamble and allow us to sprint straight to what’s happening this month.

Two workshops in March to put you on the path: this very Friday (the 1st) the masterful Steve Tasane leads our Poetry Toolkit masterclass in being a performance poet – and he should know, having made a living from it for 20 years. A month of back-to-basics, then, as we explore all things digital on the 28th with Charlie Dark and our very own Digital Marketer Dan Simpson at our Social Media for Beginners workshop.

WaS-100x100Event-wise, we’ve something for everyone this month. If you find yourself around St. Thomas’ Hospital on the 11th then you’re in for a treat, as Zena Edwards and Hollie McNish perform some Spoken Word at Lunch – sort of a Mother’s Day / International Women’s Day special, that one. We’re supporting new work too, with Si Mole and John Berkavitch scratching shows on the 15th at that fancy new Culture Space in Canada Water, before The Word’s a Stage on the 20th at the Gallery Café sees four exciting poets each perform a new 20 minute piece they’ve written for the occasion. Is that enough newness?

thumb100x100No? Well how about our two participation projects, SPINE and SWITCH? If you (or someone you know!) are aged 12-19, you get to work with Malika Booker and be part of Vauxhall Voices – that’s SPINE! As for SWITCH, 15-18 year olds write with Charlie Dark in bringing spoken word and climate change together. And then there’s The Writing Room for 16-25s on the 28th, this month led by Inua Ellams – find out more on our new Facebook page! All exciting projects – email Daisy (daisy@applesandsnakes.org) to find out more or to take part!

Two regular events at Rich Mix too: StoryCraft for the 2-5s is happening on the 18th, plus our big open-mic night Jawdance rounds off the month, this time hosted by Paula Varjack – usual day (4th Wednesday of the month = 27th), usual place (Rich Mix – but you know that by now, right?). And lastly, Apples and Snakes has been awarded a grant from the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards Duffield Foundation in order to deliver a series of storytelling and creative writing sessions to young patients at The Royal London Children’s Hospital in Whitechapel, together with Vital Arts, the arts organisation for Barts NHS Trust. Look out for that later this year!
Russell Thompson, Programme Coordinator for London

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This March a spoken-word spring is … er …springing, with performance poetry events popping their heads above the soil all over the place like bright little croci. February’s 451 was packed out (apologies to those who turned up and couldn’t get in) and rocked to the sound of the open mikers, the Fairbridge Collective, Stewart Taylor, Michael James Parker and Joelle Taylor.

BigTalk-Logo-100x100March brings a flurry of new events around the region alongside the regular open mics and slams; including a new slam in Tunbridge Wells and a veritable spring blossoming of spoken word in Southampton with both Mark Grist and Steve Larkin performing one-person shows and the Biscuit Poets of Totton performing their first ever poetry show with Jonny Fluffypunk on the 15th. There’ll also be Big Talk at the end of the month (the 29th!) in Margate with the brilliant Francesca Beard and young slam-champ Tom Sissons – see events below for details.

And don’t forget that the deadline for Glastonbury Festival poetry falls on 10th March, so if you haven’t sent your CV and samples in to them, get sending!
Pete Hunter, South East Coordinator

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Hello my lovelies! You won’t believe how much great stuff I’ve got for you …

Amuse_Bouche_100x100Amuse Bouche comes to Live Theatre on the 19th, so all you Tynesiders can get a free dose of specially selected spoken word from Andrew Sclater, Elaine Cusack and Rowan McCabe. Scratch Tyne on the 17th is a party with Material Magazine launching their March edition AND celebrating their first birthday – expect a new poets, live music from Miss Danby and Dead Peasants, and a truly bizarre and kitch post-show playlist if current Facebook track suggestions are anything to go by. And Black Light Engine Room on the 22nd gets their first dose of Apples support as we bring the wonderful Anita Govan down from her native Edinburgh to headline this Boro institution!

Nice. HEADS UP!  THE LEGENDARY DUB DIVA JEAN BINTA BREEZE M.B.E. PLAYS RADIKAL WORDS AT NORTHERN STAGE ON 10 APRIL, GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY AS IT WILL SELL OUT!!!
Kirsten Luckins, North East Coordinator

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May_100x100FORKED is back on the 21st with another great line up, including Exeter Poetry Fest 2012 Slam champion, Robert Garnham, young gun Ben Norris and Bristol poet Liz Greenfield. Keeping you on the edge of your seats the headline act is still to be confirmed! You will just have to turn up and find out who will complete your poetry plate this month, or keep an eye on facebook!

The culmination of Word Play is happening too - The Thing Is… showcase will see participants who have been work-shopping with poets over the last few months come together and demonstrate their new found writing and poetry skills, in an array of interesting ways.

Until next month!

Gina Sherman, South West Programme Coordinator

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These are extracts from March’s Snakebaskets. 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. Why not join our mailing list? Click here for more.

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