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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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30th Anniversary wrap up!

All through November we’ve been celebrating Apples and Snakes’ 30th anniversary. Here’s what we’ve been up to!

We staged 30 Events in 30 Days across England: starting with a bit of a party at Free Word Centre for the people we work with – have a look at photos from the event below! Throughout November we put on artist workshops, live gigs and education events, all culminating in our big John Cooper Clarke show last weekend in partnership with The Albany, who are also celebrating their 30th! Even …

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Steve Tasane: Apples’ Early Days

Apples and Snakes really is like family. I was Programmer from 1993 to 1997, when the affectionate abbreviation was ‘A&S’ – the later, wonderful Director Geraldine Collinge coined the softer ‘Apples’ moniker. Up till then, mainly under the guidance of Paul Beasley and Ruth Harrison, Apples had built up a well-deserved reputation as THE national organization for performance poetry. There were only four of us in total, no regional offices at all.

Indeed, there was hardly much in the way of regional performance poetry. There was certainly no performance …

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