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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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Spoke: AIR

Continuing from the success of our SPOKE: EARTH project, the third and final season of SPOKE kicked off in May with SPOKE: AIR, and involved even bigger, bolder and more inventive community projects. 

AIR brought together many of the strands that made up SPOKE: work in schools and communities, the Young Poet Laureate for London and loads of activities in the Park itself, and finally rounding it up with WORDCUP2014, a giant slam poetry final at Stratford Circus. SPOKE: AIR was a season not to be missed.
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WORDCUP2014

Coinciding with the football World Cup, WORDCUP2014 was a celebration of spoken word for young people, helping them to hone their writing and performance skills and gain confidence in their voices through a series of workshops with professional poets, culminating in a giant WORDCUP slam championship at Stratford Circus.

Over April-July, the WORDCUP teams were selected from 10 schools across East London. Each school was appointed their own professional poet, like Raymond Antrobus, Indigo Williams and Joelle Taylor, to come in as their team mentor and help …

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SPOKE: Earth

Our year began with a great second season here at SPOKE, a series of varied and engaging community events culminating in the opening of the south part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5 April. As 2014 hurtles on and our third season comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on how our year kicked off.

SPOKE: Earth brought together top UK poets to engage with enthusiastic, inspiring young people through four ambitious spoken word projects across East London in and around the Olympic Park.…

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March Snakebasket Extracts

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 …

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January 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. 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

Happy New Year!

Admittedly premature, as we’re …

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My experience of The Writing Room, by Carmina Masoliver.

I described my Writing Room experience as a dysfunctional family on my own blog (well, aren’t they the best types of family?). This was because the consistency of everyone being able to make each workshop was less than ideal. I know this is being changed in the new writing room, as to do the final showcase you need to be able to make enough to develop a piece throughout the process. I think this is a positive change, but that lack of consistency didn’t stop each workshop being something extremely

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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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Joelle Taylor answers your questions

In the run up to The Writing Room on the 25 June 2013Apples and Snakes asked young creatives, aged 18-25, to tweet in their questions to Spoken Word Artist, Playwright and Performance Novelist  Joelle Taylor @TaylorTrash.

 

The interview took place at The Poetry Café, Covent Garden.…

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Lauren Powell, Marketing Intern: Travels with my suitcase, for Apples and Snakes.

For the second time I am battling my way around the capital, with my suitcase, to pursue an internship in Digital Marketing & Communications, with the masters of spoken word: Apples and Snakes.

In the last two weeks I have relocated from the far west of London to the far north of London; then to the not-so-far Streatham Hill; plus two trips back to recuperate on home and hilly turf. Next week: Richmond.

The last – nearly three hour – journey there and back has been exhausting, but the …

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