Tag "Shake The Dust"

Louder than a Bomb – Day 3 report

The young poets are off on a trip round the city and its the organisers that are spending time getting to know whose who and hearing what each other are doing in their cities. There is clearly lots of common ground, regardless of programme structure or which city it takes place in. There is absolute commitment, integrity and passion from all those doing this work, they all speak about wanting to give a space for young people to be able to truly say what they think and feel. They are …

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Louder than a Bomb – Day 2 report

After a plate of pancakes and maple syrup – well, I am in the states! I head off to the youth hostel where the days discussions and workshops are taking place for day two of Louder Than a Bomb. With Kevin Coval as our charismatic facilitator, we start with some writing exercises, a chance to get everyone to mix up and create some collaborative poems. Even with this simple exercise I am impressed by the quality of work and confidence in performance shown by the young poets, and …

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Louder than a Bomb – Day 1 report

Excited, I arrive in Chicago for the first time to see Louder than a Bomb, the city’s youth slam competition now in its 13th year run by Young Chicago Authors. Disappointingly the windy city is surprisingly un-windy, although there is snow! A quick check into the hotel and I’m heading off to the Cultural Center with Jacob Sam-La Rose to see what’s going down – we’re interested in seeing how the youth poetry scene is here and what the similarities are with our scene, particularly following Shake the

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March Snakebasket Extracts

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like things are constantly speeding up in the poetry world. Wouldn’t you agree? Take a look!

The big news this month is the launch of Level Up on the 28th in collaboration with Write Down Speak Up and with the support of a grant from the Birmingham City Council. It’s a quality spoken word night aimed squarely at young people – if you’re aged between 12-19, …

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February Snakebasket Extracts

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From all at Apples and Snakes
Did you catch When Words Collide on BBC1Extra on Sunday? It’s a documentary about spoken word, including Kate Tempest, Scroobius Pip, Polarbear and more! Plus, clips from the Shake The Dust Finals. Essential listening – catch up on iPlayer HERE before it disappears! Lastly, Apples and Snakes is delighted to announce that we’ve secured funding for core costs from the Garfield Weston Foundation, enabling us to …

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Season’s Greetings from Apples and Snakes!

Dear Apples and Snakes friends – just a quick message with season’s greetings, and to wish you a very happy new year!

2012 has been a big year for Apples and Snakes, with our huge youth participation programme Shake the Dust happening across England throughout the summer. We’ve also celebrated our 30th Anniversary, with 30 Events in 30 Days, nine brand new poetry commissions and artists blogging about Apples and Snakes’ history – have a look at what we got up to here.

Next year promises to …

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An extract from August’s South West Snakebasket

This is an extract from August’s South West Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

Summer is here at last! So to make the most of it, sing from the roof tops, dance in the streets, drink cider in a bus or at the very least put pen to paper and see what happens!

One such way to get writing is to attend an Apples and Snakes development workshop where you can work with the very best professional poets out there. If you’re a young poet or writer …

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Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Here’s Dr Helen Gregory – performance poet, lecturer and researcher – with an extract on the atmosphere of the Shake the Dust Slam Final.

On my way to London I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about, wouldn’t notice anything new. After all, I was only making a flying visit to the slam final. Besides, I wrote a lot about youth slam and spoken word two years ago after WordCup 2010. I needn’t have worried. After sneaking out of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on my …

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An extract from June’s South East Snakebasket

This is an extract from June’s South East Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

Hello all,

A couple of weeks ago I was in Margate in The Tom Thumb Theatre for the first of a new spoken word/poetry series called Big Talk. There was open mic, there were poetry films and there were the guests Longfella (aka Tony Walsh) and Poeticat. We also managed to broadcast the show live on the interweb, which was brilliant, in fact it was all brilliant, and at the …

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An extract from June’s North East Snakebasket

This is an extract from June’s North East Snakebasket, to view the full version, click here.

Summer is icomen in, loude sing cuckoo, as the old poets would have it. No cuckoos round my way, just belligerent herring gulls, but we can imagine!

Splendid stuff for June – Scratch Tyne on Sunday 17 June will feature a buffet of poetic morsels, with a sweet desert of live music from singer-songwriter Meghann Clancy, and I think we should have a Pimms bar as well, don’t you? Come along and …

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