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Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

Jasmine Gardosi – Bodies, taboos, and what poetry can do

September’s Poet of the Month, Jasmine Gardosi, talks to Apples and Snakes about writing, taboos, and dance classes…

Donata Kukyte Photography | Autin Dance Theatre

I have an obsession with taboo. At least, poking holes in it to see what comes out. For those who aren’t 100% sure on what taboos are, these are the subjects, words or phrases that we avoid or find difficult to talk about due to social customs, codes or for silly reasons that have somehow stuck. Menstruation is one example. Mental health can be …

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Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Antosh Wojcik – Beyond The Voice In Spoken Word: How Soundscape Furthers Poetic Discourse

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month for June, Antosh Wojcik, talks about the transformative power of soundscape in performance poetry…

I’ve always had the frustration of being incomplete in sound as a drummer. I can only be answered by other people, who react in melodies and tunes. I think this was one of my motivations for pursuing poetry and its performance; it allows me to enact the visual landscapes I have in my head into sound, for other people. It’s been through the process of developing my performance of …

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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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Poet of The Month: Candy Royalle - Vulnerability The New Cool

Poet of The Month: Candy Royalle – Vulnerability The New Cool

Poet of The Month is our way of showcasing and sharing the unique talents of some of our artists. As we turn over into June, Poet of The Month Candy Royalle talks to us about why she’s given her life to creativity.

As a creator, my artistic ethos is this: I create in order to connect. I seek to connect in order to remove the idea of “otherness” that divides us. By removing the division of “us” and “them”, I try to highlight those things that actually bind us. Here …

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Poet of the Month: Mama Tokus

The Apples and Snakes Poet of The Month is our way of presenting to you some of our favourite poets working across the country. As our first poet of 2015 we’ve selected Mama Tokus to occupy this position and as such she’s taken some time out of her busy schedule (hosting both Forked! and Homecooking) to reflect on the past year.

Well, Happy New me!

It’s the first month of 2015 and Apples and Snakes have picked me to be Poet of the Month. It’s like my own New Year’s …

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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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Poet Of The Month: Jack Dean – Impostor Syndrome

Apples and snakes’ Poet Of The Month Jack Dean tells us about the psychological phenomenon of Imposter Syndrome.

I write this on the fourth day into a run of my show Rain at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol. My combined audience for the last three shows has been seven. I don’t ultimately blame anyone but myself: to drum up customers to a fringe theatre in a foreign town requires a level of effort that I did not put in, but it has made me think about the wider scale of …

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Poet of the Month: Roger Robinson on The Butterfly Hotel

Apples and Snakes’ Poet of the Month Roger Robinson tells us about the inspiration and origins of his latest collection ‘The Butterfly Hotel’.

I can’t mark the moment when I felt liked I lived in England, and I can’t mark the moment I felt I no longer belonged in Trinidad. Perhaps this is how a butterfly must feel as it criss-crosses the Atlantic.

I had just started travelling around the world on tour with my band King Midas Sound. Spending time in different countries each night – often where …

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Poet of the Month: Inua Ellams

A guest post from our Poet of the Month, Inua Ellams.

As a child, I wanted to be a town planner. Then an architect. Then a visual artist. Then a graphic designer. I achieved that last one, but I only started writing poetry because I couldn’t afford paint and wanted to create with my hands. I never wanted to be a poet. Sometimes, if I’m frankly honest, I don’t think I am worthy of the title. I say this because of the regard in which it is held in …

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