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Apples and Snakes POTM: Yomi 'GREEds' Sode

Apples and Snakes POTM: Yomi ‘GREEds’ Sode

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month and Jawdance host Yomi Sode (a.k.a. GREEdS) talks to us about the highs and lows of showcasing his one-man show COAT.

I am excited and in good spirits at the moment. The Re:Play programme finished on July 25th.  I had the amazing opportunity of showcasing COAT.  Not sure if I prepared myself for how intense the programme would be. I laughed, cried and re-drafted over and over again.  I fell ill two days before show day! A tad bit disappointing.

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Home Cooking: Trauma Genes by Sammy Brough

Home Cooking: Trauma Genes by Sammy Brough

TRAUMA GENES produced by Sammy Brough is a spoken word podcast exploring ‘inherited trauma;’ the idea that violence, fear and stress can be passed on in the genes….

Perplexingly, scientific tests have linked physical health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and obesity with trauma experienced generations ago. But this abstract idea is not purely scientific, and these lasting, undercover relics from the lived experiences of ancestors are not a new idea.

Through original poetic works from active spoken word artists and participants of Platform’s ‘Shake!’ courses, …

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Take One: The Set Up

Take One: The Set Up

Take One is Apples and Snakes’ exciting new project supporting poets with solo shows in development. Charley Genever, Producer Intern, tells all…

Take One: The Set Up

The hype at the moment is definitely the ‘scratch’, and rightly so; it is such a crucial stage of the development process of any live literature/spoken word show. You can’t take your rifle to the big guns without testing the trigger. Even if you do get an opportunity to showcase a snippet of your work, it can be difficult finding an audience that …

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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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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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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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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!
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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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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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