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Home Cooking: Octavia, poetry collective for women of colour, on Europe

Home Cooking: Octavia, poetry collective for women of colour, on Europe

Octavia is a poetry collective for women of colour, led by Rachel Long, housed at Southbank Centre, and supported by Apples and Snakes.

In this Home Cooking podcast, we talk about Europe – without using the B-word, we discuss the label ‘Black-British’, as well as ‘two-home syndrome’ and how our identities affect our poetry. Featuring readings by Octavia members, Tania Nwachukwu, Theresa Lola and Rachel Long.

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Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long: Walking the SPINE of London Libraries

Rachel Long, SPINE Festival 2016’s Poet in Residence, takes to the blog to share her experiences of roaming London libraries, and creating a specially commissioned poem…

It was an honour to be invited to be this year’s SPINE Festival Poet in Residence. This meant that rather than being stationed in one library, I had the freedom to spread the SPINE Festival programme out on my bed like a map and plot a route of things to see and do in as many London libraries as I wished – the …

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A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

A Week in Arvon: Erin Bolens

Sunset over Lumb Bank

At the start of the year, we teamed up with Arvon to give a group of our budding writers from Apples and Snakes’ The Writing Room the opportunity to take part in a week’s writing residency. The Writing Room offers a safe environment for young poets to write and share work with peers under the guidance of some of the UK’s top professional spoken word artists. Erin Bolens guest-blogs about her time at Arvon, Lumb Bank. 

I am writing this after three days of reacclimatising myself …

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The Burning House: a collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading

The Burning House: a collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading

In this month’s Home Cooking Poetry Podcast, spoken word duo Post-Everything collaborate with Burn After Reading collective to explore the loss of home and heritage…

A burning house made from sound. Five voices salvage all they can from the wreckage. A navigation of all that we lose, find and construct in times when facing the loss of what we consider home and our heritage.

A collaboration between Post-Everything and Burn After Reading. Post-Everything is Antosh Wojcik and Will Tyas. The featured Burn After Reading poets are Carmina Masoliver

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THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour

THE LAST POETS: Speak Up Newcomers Tour

In July, Apples and Snakes took to the road with The Last Poets, legendary spoken word artists born out of the civil rights movement of the late 60’s. We take a look back at the Speak Up Newcomers Tour…

Photo credit: Suzi Corker www.suzicorker.com

‘Before we can have a revolution we must have an evolution of self. If we only knew what we can do…’  – The Last Poets

Apples and Snakes were honoured to collaborate with The Last PoetsUmar Bin Hassahn, Abiodun Oyewole, and Babatunde

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The Alternative Magna Carta Festival

Lucy Crompton-Reid, Director at Apples and Snakes, gives an insight into The Alternative Magna Carta Festival taking place at Free Word Centre, Farringdon on Saturday 13 June.

As a founding member of Free Word, Apples and Snakes supports freedom of expression, and we are increasingly concerned about an erosion of civil liberties and the possibility of UK withdrawal from the European convention on Human Rights. Given this context, the official celebrations of the Magna Carta this year become deeply ironic, given its status as the template for limited and …

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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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My experience of The Writing Room, by Rachel Long

My experience of The Writing Room, by Rachel Long

I started going to The Writing Room in February 2013, after seeing a workshop advertised on Apples and Snakes monthly e-newsletter, that I had subscribed to. After finishing my degree in Creative Writing and American Literature, I found myself in a creative slump. The only thing I wrote in the months after leaving Uni were cover letters, applications and editing the C.V for jobs I never heard back from. For someone who is miserable when they are not writing, I needed a creative outlet and a new space to write …

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