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Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Apples and Snakes – Living Archive Project

Preserving our history. Securing our future.

Spoken word and performance poetry is a vibrant, growing and diverse artform that is often marginalised. Since it relies heavily on oral tradition, it is essential that we act now to record and preserve a cultural heritage that is in danger of being lost – a cultural heritage that has reflected and influenced many social and political movements over the last 30-plus years. Apples and Snakes are thrilled to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a Living Archive for Spoken …

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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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Raymond Antrobus: in Praise of Michael Rosen and the Truth

The ‘Poet of the Month’ position is a chance for Apples and Snakes to create a little extra attention for those talented poets and poetesses across the country whose work deserves to be circulated and celebrated.

This September our Poet of the Month is Raymond Antrobus, spoken word poet, photographer and educator, and co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill and Keats House Poets. Here’s Ray’s Poet of the Month blogpost, in praise of Michael Rosen and the truth…

“Open the gate of your soul and get

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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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30th Anniversary wrap up!

All through November we’ve been celebrating Apples and Snakes’ 30th anniversary. Here’s what we’ve been up to!

We staged 30 Events in 30 Days across England: starting with a bit of a party at Free Word Centre for the people we work with – have a look at photos from the event below! Throughout November we put on artist workshops, live gigs and education events, all culminating in our big John Cooper Clarke show last weekend in partnership with The Albany, who are also celebrating their 30th! Even …

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Mini-interviews from Apples and Snakes 30th Party!

Here are some mini-interviews from Apples and Snakes’ 30th Anniversary party, held at Free Word Centre on Friday 2 November.

Apples’ patron Michael Rosen says:

Getting involved with Apples from the early years – it was like windows opening, doors opening, the sky opening. Here were voices from all over the country, all over the world and I just wanted to listen and drink it up and learn how to do it.

Have a listen to our conversations below!

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An extract from November’s London Snakebasket

This is an extract from November’s London Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

Well, November sees us celebrating our 30th anniversary in style, with thirty nationwide events in thirty days and a plethora of posts on the blog from top notch poets – poets like Michael Rosen! And what does it mean for us as an organisation: will we start behaving like the characters from Thirtysomething – constantly declaring our love for each other and weeping for no adequately explored reason? Yep, that sounds about right.…

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