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Picture The Poet: Behind The Scenes

Picture The Poet: Behind The Scenes

 Writer and teacher, Vicky Morris, gives us an insight into working with South Yorkshire young people on the Picture the Poet project…

Everything great I see in relation to performance poetry almost always involves my favourite fruit and reptile combination – Apples and Snakes, so I was honoured to get the chance to work with them supporting young people on the brilliant Picture the Poet project in autumn 2014.

Not surprisingly, the project was a delight featuring everything a great project of this nature should – an intriguing 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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Forked: A Review

Forked: A Review

A review of the poets who performed at the last “Forked” at the Barbican, Plymouth – written by Tara Pilkington… 

Hidden away within the cobbled streets of the Barbican in Plymouth is a small venue called The B-Bar, which is the location for the spoken word event ‘Forked’. Forked is a bi-monthly event hosted by Apples and Snakes but this is the first evening that I have attended. Inside of the B-Bar there is a purple-hazy-glow that only a place that hosts a poetry night could have and the atmosphere …

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The Library Takeover is Underway

Apples and Snakes Senior Associate, Nicky Crabb talks about Library Takeover, an innovative new project for young people aged 11-18 living in Waltham Forest or Croydon.

Sometimes I feel really lucky to have my job, especially when I get to spend time with two such inspirational people as Chris Elwell (Director of the Half Moon Theatre in Tower Hamlets) and Maeve O’Neill (facilitator and Creative Producer for Truth About Youth at Oval House). We recently spent a couple of days holed up in a room at the Free Word Centre

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Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Poet Sai Murray talks to us about Picture the Poet and working with youth organisation Roundabout.

It was a real pleasure to work with the youth organisation Roundabout and to help uncover some of the creative talents that the young people possess. After over-coming the ‘poetry boundary’ – the traditional hurdle of poetry being viewed as something to be studied in books rather than a fluid, live, interactive medium of expression – we enjoyed conversations that ranged from blokes and banter, to loneliness, hostel life and biscuits.

In the process, …

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A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

As SPINE Festival comes to a close, we look back over a packed programme of more than 50 free arts and literature events that took place in libraries across London.

‘It can feel like society is signposting us — Do art here but not over here, that’s not an ‘ART’ space — but we live and breathe creativity wherever we are’ — Rachel Sambrooks, Hounslow Artist in Residence

This first ever pan-London libraries festival, brought communities together in 33 libraries across 11 London boroughs to celebrate literature and the arts …

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SPINE Festival: Libraries Out Loud

SPINE FESTIVAL: LIBRARIES OUT LOUD
Celebrating arts and literature across London libraries

Thursday 5 March – Sunday 15 March 2015

Kicking off on World Book Day, Thursday 5 March, SPINE Festival brings London communities together to celebrate the arts and literature in libraries. Through an exciting programme of FREE events including music, poetry, storytelling, visual art, dance and drama, SPINE Festival gives children, young people, families and local communities the chance to get involved in fun activities, performances, and creative workshops with top professional artists.

11 boroughs, 33 …

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Happy Holidays from Apples and Snakes!

So we’re coming to the end of another full and eventful year here at Apples and Snakes, and, we hope, in all of your lives. As we approach Christmas our national programme of events, artist development opportunities and participation and outreach projects starts to slow down, but 2015 is looking as busy as ever!

During 2014 we have been major partners on SPOKE, a yearlong programme of spoken word events and participation activities in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. Highlights of this programme …

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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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Our Friends, the Enemy.

Our Friends, The Enemy is an acclaimed one-man show combining theatre and spoken word to tell the story of the Christmas truce from the First World War. Here, writer Alex Gwyther explains the development of the piece from initial idea to finished production…

The First World War has always held a particular fascination for me. Perhaps I fought in it during a past life. There is something about it which strikes a chord in me, as I’m sure it does with many others. I can’t pinpoint it myself, but in …

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