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Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

Enough Fierce Will: SJ Litherland in her own words by Jo Colley

In this month’s Home Cooking poetry podcast, Jo Colley shines a light on North-East poet and editor SJ Litherland.

SJ Litherland is a brilliant poet and editor who lives in Durham. She has been published by Bloodaxe Books, Flambard Press and Iron Press, and has six collections to her name, with another one, Composition in White, awaiting publication. She is Editor in Chief of Vane Women and was for many years a member of Colpitts Poetry: arguably the organisers of the most prestigious poetry events …

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Raymond Antrobus - Spoken Word: An Education

Raymond Antrobus – Spoken Word: An Education

The second blog post in our series about the Spoken Word Educator Programme (SWEP), delivered in partnership with Goldsmiths University and aiming at nurturing young students’ talents as well as poet educators’ skills. This time around, Raymond Antrobus talks to us about intertwining his poetic voice with his teaching experience.

I have been a Spoken Word Educator for three years. Each year has been different, any teacher will profess that no two years are the same. As educators the lessons for us are limitless. In my first year working in …

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Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green – Picture The Poet, Lincolnshire

Jess Green tells us about her experience of running workshops in a Lincolnshire care home, how she saw the young people grow more involved and gain self-confidence.

Over the past six weeks I have been running performance poetry workshops with a group of young girls aged between 14 and 19 in a care home in Lincolnshire. This was organised by Apples and Snakes, part of the Picture the Poet project, a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes.

My aim …

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The Sun Rises on The Midnight Run

The Sun Rises on The Midnight Run

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson talks to us about her experience of the sunset-to-sunrise poetic tour of London that is the Midnight Run. While most of us slept, she reclaimed the city streets.

At the time of writing it’s Friday 24th July – 5 days after the epic London Midnight Run that saw the journey of 140 people walk the concrete streets of London in an arts filled, dusk to dawn experience!

But where and how do I start writing about an experience unlike any other? I cast my thoughts back to …

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Home Cooking: Poets at Croome by Heather Wastie

Home Cooking: Poets at Croome by Heather Wastie

August’s Home Cooking poetry podcast is produced by the 2015 Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Heather Wastie. Featuring poems by: Maggie Doyle, Polly Robinson, Fergus McGonigal, Kurly McGeachie, Matt Windle, Heather Wastie, Spoz, Marcia Calame and Brenda Read-Brown.

A poetry trail around National Trust property, Croome Park near Worcester in which poets introduce themselves and their poems and also read extracts from a modern National Trust guidebook and Hortus Croomensis, published in 1824. The latter part of the recording describes four participatory poetry projects and drops in on the Worcestershire LitFest …

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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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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: Preston

Picture The Poet: Preston

Spoken word artist Ali Gadema says thank you to the young people of Preston…

I have been working in Preston for the past two months, In my time being there, I have met some amazing young people, we have looked at creating self-portraits with words and explored Preston poetically. One of the young people I met is called Toyah Clifton, she had never performed before this project, but she had been writing lyrics for some time. Through Picture The Poet, Toyah ended up sharing a stage with Mike

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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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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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