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Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes has a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word. They work in partnership with creative individuals and organisations across England to produce high quality artistic experiences – including work with, for and by young people – that raise the profile of spoken word and push the boundaries of the artform.

Apples and Snakes offer professional development for artists including advice, training and performance opportunities at a local, national and international level, with a particular focus on nurturing emerging talent and championing marginalised and disenfranchised voices.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £400,000
  • 2013-2014: £410,000
  • 2014-2015: £420,000

Video feed

Apples and Snakes - Interview with Michael Rosen for SPOKE projects in the Olympic Park 2014

SPOKE is an ambitious programme of spoken word events across East London, in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Children's poet Michael Rosen talks about the Poetry Potting Shed, an exciting hub of poetry workshops, readings, and installations for young children. SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word and Discover Children's Story Centre. Commissioned by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Architects of Our Republic - JJ - I am Fire

Architects of Our Republic - As part of a workshop with 'The Last Poets' young poets were tasked with coming up with a poem based on their element. JJ recites the poem he wrote during the workshop . Filmed by Fitzgerald Honger https://twitter.com/FitzHonger

Apples and Snakes - More Than Poetry

This animation, commissioned by Apples and Snakes was created by Saskia Tomlinson and features performance poets Jack Dean, Steve Duncan and Vanessa Kisuule with music and audio by Jack Dean.

Apples and Snakes - Hit the Ode Trailer

Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems you've played tag with when you were younger; poems dug up by puzzled archeologists; poems seen racing down the ringroad on big wheel tricycles. Good poems. Come and get them. For up to date info, visit http://facebook.com/hittheode.

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Architects of Our Republic - Virginia Joseph - I am Air

Architects of Our Republic - As part of a workshop with 'The Last Poets' young poets were tasked with coming up with a poem based on their element. Virginia Joseph recites the poem she wrote during the workshop . Filmed by Fitzgerald Honger https://twitter.com/FitzHonger

Rik Sykes - 'The Trouble with Dreams'. Produced by: Anthony Batchelor.

As part of Architects of Our Republic: a national project to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech, five emerging spoken word artists were commissioned to write three minute pieces responding to this monumental moment in history. These artists were AJ McKenna, Deborah Stevenson, Rik Sykes, Vanessa Kisuule and Conrad Kira. These were then transformed into films by the following film-makers: Mellow 9, Anthony Batchelor, Laura Degnan, Misha Vertkin, Chris Keenan.

Architects of Our Republic - Ben Jacobs - I am Earth

Architects of Our Republic - As part of a workshop with 'The Last Poets' young poets were tasked with coming up with a poem based on their element. Ben Jacobs recites the poem he wrote during the workshop. Filmed by Fitzgerald Honger @Fitzhonger

Apples and Snakes - Make A Difference (Architects of Our Republic) - Final Session

Malika leads Make A Difference in their final session for Architects of Our Republic, discussing the topic of freedom.

Apples and Snakes - Make A Difference x Young Writers session Part 2: The Performances

Listen as members of the young writers group recite poems they collaborated on with the elders of Make-A-Difference. Be sure to check out our blog http://architectsofourrepublic.co.uk/ and our twitter@rageandradiate

Apples and Snakes - Make A Difference X Young Writers session Part 1: The Workshop

For the Architects of Our Republic event, 'Make A Difference' one of the residencies for the project and our young writers got together to produce a collaborative piece of work. The session was led by Malika Booker.

Apples and Snakes - The Word's A Stage, 2 August 2013.

For four years, The Word's A Stage has been a platform for specially selected poets, who have shown great promise. This is a special 'Word's A Stage'; a celebration of those four years, where we laughed, we cried, marvelled at talent and looked into the future of spoken word. Come to Bethnal Green and witness new work from the latest 'Word's A Stage' graduates: Dean McCaffrey and Jason Pilley, mentored by poet extrodinaire Niall O'Sullivan. Niall O'Sullivan will be performing a taster from his own forthcoming show 'Now is Not the Time for Politics', plus special guests Keith Jarrett and Esther Poyer will be revisiting their greatest hits from 'Word's A Stage' nights gone by. This is 'Word's A Stage' as you've never seen it before.

Apples and Snakes - Stephen Morrison-Burke: A 'Young Poet's with Bite' exclusive.

An interview with Birmingham's Poet Laureate and the current National Slam Champion, Stephen Morrison-Burke, as well as highlights from his recent performance at Level UP at the Fusion Center, Birmingham, on 28 June, 2013. 'Level UP' is a new monthly poetry event aimed at young people aged 12-19, supported by the Write Down Speak Up collective. For more information, head to the Facebook group: www.facebook.com/leveluppoetry.

Apples and Snakes - Radikal Words featuring Jean 'Binta' Breeze

This was a dazzling evening of spoken word and music with very special guest Jean 'Binta' Breeze, the internationally renowned Jamaican 'Dub' poet. Known as a 'one woman festival', she offers an electric stage presence interwoven with rhythmic wordplay. Audiences around the world have related to and are inspired by her work and her colourful personality. Her iconic voice demands attention, whether speaking of Third World poverty, reggae music, or aspects of the human experience. Jean Binta Breeze was awarded an MBE in 2012 for her work and great passion for the arts. Find out more about Radikal Words: www.radikalwords.com. With special thanks to Renaissance One (renaissanceone.co.uk).

Apples and Snakes

Andrew Frolish performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring George Szirtes

George Szirtes performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Joe Brigley

Joe Brigley performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Stephen Morrison-Burke

Stephen Morrison-Burke performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Phil Brown

Phil Brown performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Chris McCabe

Chris McCabe performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Ruth Larbey

Ruth Larbey performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Elizabeth Charis

Elizabeth Charis performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Daniel Suluman

Daniel Suluman performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Laura Dedicoat

Laura Dedicoat performs at Wordsmiths & Co. The UK's first live poetry talk show, featuring poets you know from the pages of books and from festival stages. A rare opportunity to witness them sharing stories, poems and opinions as they engage in no-holds-barred conversation right before your widened eyes.
 GASP as words are made to perform daring feats of sound and meaning! Shudder as you discover how your favourite poems came to be! Cheer wildly at the apparent humanity of their creators! This is live poetry. This is not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co. Wordsmiths & Co. is a collaboration between Apples and Snakes and Nine Arches Press with support from Bloodaxe Books and Warwick Arts Centre Film: Christopher Bradley Audio: Andy Guthrie Commissioned by: Nine Arches Press. Funded by: We acknowledge the support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

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