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Sara Hirsch: What A Way To End a Tour

Sara Hirsch: What A Way To End a Tour

We welcome Sara Hirsch back to the UK – And to our blog! After a month of touring New Zealand, Sara fills us in on her Spoken Word adventures…

I just got back from a month long Arts Council funded spoken word tour of New Zealand and I promised Apples and Snakes an exit blog, summing up my time abroad. The thing is: how on earth do you condense that kind of experience into one blog entry?

I am going to try a few things.Firstly, a list. Think of …

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Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins

Picture the Poet in Sunderland: Sky Hawkins



Continuing on from the success of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Picture the Poet’ exhibition, we chatted with featured artist, Sky Hawkins, about her time facilitating student workshops at Sunderland College. 

I was very excited when I was told I would be working with thirteen second year students from Sunderland College. They had all performed other people’s poetry but never their own. In six weeks, my job was to inspire them to write their own poetry for the first time and be ready to perform it and alongside …

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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!

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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Goodbye, Matt Jones!

For the last six months, Matt Jones has been interning with the digital department at SPOKE, providing help and support to the team and gaining new experiences and skills along the way. Here are a few of his thoughts on the internship and his time at SPOKE.

Hi I’m Matt, the digital intern here at SPOKE, saying my final goodbyes and explaining my experience throughout the 6 month internship.

Summing up this internship is going to be difficult, simply for the sheer mass of knowledge, work experience, and …

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Coinciding with the football World Cup, WORDCUP2014 was a celebration of spoken word for young people, helping them to hone their writing and performance skills and gain confidence in their voices through a series of workshops with professional poets, culminating in a giant WORDCUP slam championship at Stratford Circus.

Over April-July, the WORDCUP teams were selected from 10 schools across East London. Each school was appointed their own professional poet, like Raymond Antrobus, Indigo Williams and Joelle Taylor, to come in as their team mentor and help …

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SPOKE: Earth

Our year began with a great second season here at SPOKE, a series of varied and engaging community events culminating in the opening of the south part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5 April. As 2014 hurtles on and our third season comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on how our year kicked off.

SPOKE: Earth brought together top UK poets to engage with enthusiastic, inspiring young people through four ambitious spoken word projects across East London in and around the Olympic Park.…

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Knoxville Poetry Slam!

 21 year-old English & American Literature student Lora Christy is currently studying abroad at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She keeps us in the loop as she explores the spoken Word world US style, and her discovery of the Knoxville Poetry Slam! 

When I arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee, the first thing I wanted to know was if it had a poetry scene, and I haven’t been disappointed. Once a month, local poets gather at The Well, a basement bar just outside the city centre that regularly hosts …

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My experience of The Writing Room, by Carmina Masoliver.

I described my Writing Room experience as a dysfunctional family on my own blog (well, aren’t they the best types of family?). This was because the consistency of everyone being able to make each workshop was less than ideal. I know this is being changed in the new writing room, as to do the final showcase you need to be able to make enough to develop a piece throughout the process. I think this is a positive change, but that lack of consistency didn’t stop each workshop being something extremely

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From one young creative to another: Megan Beech

Megan Beech

What is your first memory of poetry?

I’ve loved words for as long as I can remember. I can’t really remember when the penny dropped exactly but I loved writing. I enjoyed sitting in the corner of the primary school playground and scribbling words into a tatty notebook and that still hasn’t changed. I’m happiest with a notebook in my hand and an incomprehensible scrawl across the page.


When and why did you start considering you could be a poet?

I’ve always written and I particularly enjoyed …

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Public Address II: Q&A with the class of 2010 – Hannah Silva

Before our upcoming Public Address II tour, we catch up with those who went on the original tour. Here’s 2010’s South West representative, Hannah Silva! 

1. Looking back, what impact did Public Address have on your work/development at the time?

It was great to visit the different regions, and meet the Apples and Snakes coordinators there. I really enjoy travelling and getting a sense of different places and audiences. I liked the fact that we were five very different poets, and it’s always good to watch other poets and their …

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