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A White Man Walks into a Bookshop: My Experiences With(out) Diversity in Literature

A White Man Walks into a Bookshop: My Experiences With(out) Diversity in Literature

Writer and blogger Kaysha Woollery discusses diversity in literature and asks… ‘does the fight for diversity in our bookshelves further tokenise the BAME writer?’

I recently saw the live stream of Complicite’s The Encounter, recorded at The Barbican. It was enjoyable; Simon McBurney’s performance was excellent, but a moment in it struck me. A moment towards the beginning that made me question who his audience really was. In explaining a typical evening of reading bedtime stories to his children, he said something to suggest that maybe it wasn’t …

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Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

As the dust settles on SPINE Festival 2016, we catch up with Charlotte Bill, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence at Ealing Library, to find out how you really can make animations out of just about anything… including the lost property box!

Ealing! The far West of London. I trekked over there with my trusty shopping trolley full of equipment….

The Saturday session was fun: children dropping into the library and animating the lost property which had been left in the library. There was a wonderful  selection of umbrellas and reading …

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Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Tees Women Poets Storm the Fine Art World – again!

Apples and Snakes’ Regional Co-ordinator, Kirsten Luckins talks to us about her time running workshops, making poetry and kicking some serious (eye) balls with the Tees Women Poets at the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (that’s ‘mima’ to you!)

It was a real pleasure for me and the Tees Women Poets to be involved in another mima exhibition last weekend, as we’d been hoping for a return ever since our highly successful performance in the Louise Bourgeois exhibition last year.

The fab curatorial team at mima invited us (and many …

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A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

A Week in Arvon: Cecilia Knapp

In our second entry from one of our Writing Room participants, Cecilia Knapp talks about her time at Arvon, accessing old memories as part of a week’s writing retreat.

I’ve just got back from Arvon to a grey, busy and loud London where quite frankly there aren’t enough open fires, communal dinners and writing sessions.

Arvon is a charity that runs residential creative writing courses and retreats. I was lucky enough to go to their Hebden Bridge centre, which is Ted Hughes’ old house. A big stone cottage looking out …

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A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

At the start of the year, we teamed up with Arvon to give a group of our budding writers from Apples and Snakes’ The Writing Room the opportunity to take part in a week’s writing residency. The Writing Room offers a safe environment for young poets to write and share work with peers under the guidance of some of the UK’s top professional spoken word artists. Erin Bolens guest-blogs about her time at Arvon, Lumb Bank. 

I am writing this after three days of reacclimatising myself into the ways of …

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Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky by Holly Daffurn

Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky by Holly Daffurn

In this month’s Home Cooking Poetry Podcast, author and poet Holly Duffurn explores the relationship between creativity and mental illness, and the use of poetry as an expressive tool…

Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky is a collection of poetry, literary snapshots and insights that explores the subject of inherited mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder/manic depression. One of the intentions of this podcast is to encourage others to use poetry as a tool to express their deep-rooted inherited tendencies.

How do manic words taste on a balanced tongue? How …

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Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

In this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, Jo Colley shines a light on North-East poet and editor SJ Litherland.

SJ Litherland is a brilliant poet and editor who lives in Durham. She has been published by Bloodaxe Books, Flambard Press and Iron Press, and has six collections to her name, with another one, Composition in White, awaiting publication. She is Editor in Chief of Vane Women and was for many years a member of Colpitts Poetry: arguably the organisers of the most prestigious poetry events …

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Raymond Antrobus - Spoken Word: An Education

Raymond Antrobus – Spoken Word: An Education

The second blog post in our series about the Spoken Word Educator Programme (SWEP), delivered in partnership with Goldsmiths University and aiming at nurturing young students’ talents as well as poet educators’ skills. This time around, Raymond Antrobus talks to us about intertwining his poetic voice with his teaching experience.

I have been a Spoken Word Educator for three years. Each year has been different, any teacher will profess that no two years are the same. As educators the lessons for us are limitless. In my first year working in …

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Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green tells us about her experience of running workshops in a Lincolnshire care home, how she saw the young people grow more involved and gain self-confidence.

Over the past six weeks I have been running performance poetry workshops with a group of young girls aged between 14 and 19 in a care home in Lincolnshire. This was organised by Apples and Snakes, part of the Picture the Poet project, a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes.

My aim …

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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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