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Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Co-curator of  Straight Out The Box and all-round poetry legend, Roger Robinson, gives us a run-down of his top ten inspirational tracks, showing the combined power of music and poetry…

Here are the ten poetry and music collaborations that made me realise that poetry wasn’t just in books.
These tracks have affected my life and my thoughts. Some of them for more than decade.
I hope you enjoy.


1.
Antipop Consortium : Rinseflow

2. Trimbal : Confidence Boost

3. Saul Williams / DJ Krush : Coded Language

4. Mike Ladd …

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Straight Out The Box: The Review

Straight Out The Box: The Review

Writer and blogger Kaysha Woollery takes us through an evening of box fresh words and music as she relives the first ever Straight Out The Box at Pop Brixton…

When I first heard “Straight Out the Box”, I pictured a Jack-in-a-Box and envisaged an evening of being terrorised by clowns – the very essence of my worst nightmares. I went anyway because I had a free ticket, and I’m glad I did. Let’s set the scene. We’re in a shipping container, fairy lights are twinkling, the sound check …

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Talia Randall – Twisted tongues, innuendo and bumbling grammar; the foundations of my spoken word.

Talia Randall – Twisted tongues, innuendo and bumbling grammar; the foundations of my spoken word.

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of The Month for May, Talia Randall, talks about the unique power of Spoken Word, and her new show Bloodlines

A foreign mother.
Dyslexia.
Substandard English education.

These are the things that make spoken word my home.

I don’t know nothing about grammar. I’m not well-read. I don’t have any training in writing, performance, nothing.

But…

I come from a people whose language was nomadic; who carried entangled tongues across Europe and the Middle East. They stuffed their saddlebags with syllables and idioms. Like …

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Picture The Poet in Sunderland: Rowan McCabe

Picture The Poet in Sunderland: Rowan McCabe

 

Following the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we caught up with featured artist, Rowan McCabe, to hear about his recent experiences running young people’s workshops at the Sunderland Music Workshop Centre.

A few months ago, I was asked by Apples and Snakes to run some workshops at the Sunderland Music Workshop Centre. It was on the theme of identity, in response to the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition and I really enjoyed being a part of it.

Over the weeks …

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THE LAST POETS: Conversation. Music. Poetry.

THE LAST POETS: Conversation. Music. Poetry.

THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour 2015

‘The Last Poets are the prototype Rappers…They teach what America does to its Black men, what Black men do to themselves, and WHY!’ – Amiri Baraka.

Returning to the UK for the first time since 2013, godfathers of hip hop and spoken word legends THE LAST POETS will be headlining our Speak Up Newcomers Tour later this month. The tour will culminate in a special one-off event – An Audience with The Last Poets – at brand new London venue, Pop Brixton

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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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Home Cooking – Improvised Musical Poetry @ SYSTEM Gallery

Home Cooking is an hour of spoken word radio for digital station basic.fm – here’s Joel Barrow on his show going out on Thursday 13 June. For more info, click here!

The show came about as a happy co-incidence of two things: Egle Dubinkaite’s (from Bar Loco) idea to stage a show in conjunction with ‘The Late Shows’ at SYSTEM gallery comprised of improvised music with an open invite for anyone to come along and perform, recite or improvise a spoken word piece; and my invite to a local …

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