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Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long, SPINE Festival 2016’s Poet in Residence, takes to the blog to share her experiences of roaming London libraries, and creating a specially commissioned poem…

It was an honour to be invited to be this year’s SPINE Festival Poet in Residence. This meant that rather than being stationed in one library, I had the freedom to spread the SPINE Festival programme out on my bed like a map and plot a route of things to see and do in as many London libraries as I wished – the …

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Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Fire of Crystal Palace, 1936

As SPINE Festival approaches this week, our Beckenham Library Artist in Resident Aoife Mannix talks about her love of the history of Crystal Palace, her plans for the festival and where to find her to say hello. 

I sit in Beckenham Library reading eye witness accounts of how when Crystal Palace caught fire, the windows melted like ice on a hot summer’s day. People collected balls of glass as souvenirs of the catastrophe. The fire could be seen for miles and crowds gathered to watch …

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Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli

Join us as we cross the fictional worlds of your favourite novels and films, with the motion and beauty of dance. Experience your library as never before, as you travel through dance into your favourite Roald Dahl creations. SPINE Festival returns on 3rd-5th March 2016 at Leytonstone Library with artist in residence, professional dancer and choreographer Annarita Mazzilli.

I feel privileged to be Artist in Residence for such an exciting and important project that brings London communities together, celebrating the arts and literature in libraries with FREE fun …

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New Apples and Snakes Leadership Announced!

New Apples and Snakes Leadership Announced!

Lisa Mead and Robert Saunders | Photo credit: Suzi Corker

We’re very excited to announce the appointment of a new leadership team at Apples and Snakes.

Lisa Mead has become Artistic Director and Robert Saunders the Administrative Director.

Chris Elwell, Chair of Trustees at Apples and Snakes stated:

“The trustees are delighted to make these appointments. In a first for Apples and Snakes we have chosen joint chief executives that together will provide innovative, artistic ambition while ensuring that the business continues to provide a safe and secure

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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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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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Performance Poetry: Where We Belong by AJ McKenna

The Apples and Snakes Poet of the Month position is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase some of the very talented poets that we work with. October’s Poet of the Month is the multi-slam winning AJ McKenna. Here, AJ shares her thoughts on the position of trans people within the performance poetry scene. 

How do you feel before going to a poetry night? As an audience member, do you worry about the quality of what you’re going to see? As a performer, do you hope for a receptive audience? …

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October 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. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets!

From 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 …

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Richard Purnell is having a bath.

In anticipation of the scratch night for Bathtime – his new, darkly comic poetry show about love, death and bubble baths – Richard Purnell shares his experiences during the creation and development of the show…

Standing at the top of the Royal Mile, at the fag-end of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, limply flyering alongside a serially glum Gary From Leeds, surrounded by fire-breathers and beatboxers blithely rinsing tourists of their hard-earned, we realised

we are surrounded by gimmickry. Gimmickry. Not even disguised. The kind of gimmickry that …

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