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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

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Apples and Snakes - WORDCUP2014 Final

WORDCUP2014 was a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July 2014, teams selected from 10 schools in East London had the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams polished and sharpened their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam to celebrate the completion of the project. WORDCUP2014 was part of SPOKE, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London. SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, SWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Apples and Snakes - Architects of Our Republic

Architects of Our Republic is a project spanning two years, kicking off in 2013 with the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. The first year of commissioned works and workshops with a variety of community groups resulted in an open-air collision of words, music and film celebrating an iconic moment in modern history. The live event featured: Commissioned poetry film pieces from AJ McKenna, Conrad Kira, Vanessa Kisuule, Rik Sykes and Deborah Stevenson in collaboration with filmmakers Mellow 9, Anthony Batchelor, Laura Degnan, Misha Vertkin, Chris Keenan. Music commissions from Zena Edwards & Drew Horley and Dizraeli. Films and live performances in the Ballroom from the Architects Young Writers Group, the Elders group and Malika Booker. A public march from the Jubilee Gardens. Live performances from Dizraeli & Cate Ferris, Zena Edwards, Hollie McNish, Charlie Dark & The Venus Bushfires, Salena Godden and The Last Poets.

Apples and Snakes - Apples and Snakes - WordCup 2014 featuring Lammas School Team

WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. Teams were selected from 10 schools in East London to have the opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. The WordCup teams came together workshoped and sharpened their poetic skills in time for the big WordCup 2014 Poetry Slam. Coinciding with the football World Cup, the project is inspired by teams coming together to celebrate a particular passion – for the World Cup it’s football, for WordCup it’s WORDS! Meet the teams of professional poets and shadow poets who worked across our 10 East London schools: Adam Kammerling with Zia Ahmed at Eastbury School in Barking and Dagenham Laurie Bolger with Kes Gill-Martin at Eastlea Comprehensive School in Newham Antosh Wojcik with Cecilia Knapp at Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets Joelle Taylor with Will Tyas at St Paul's Academy in Greenwich Raymond Antrobus with Rachel Long at Cardinal Pole in Hackney Pete Bearder with Lewis Buxton at Holy Family Catholic School in Waltham Forest Catherine Brogan with Sophie Hickson at Lammas School in Waltham Forest Indigo Williams with Antosh Wojak at St Gabriel's College in Lambeth Keith Jarrett with Maria Ferguson at Clapton Girls' Academy in Hackney Dean Atta with Sophie Fenella Robinski at Buxton School in Waltham Forest WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London. SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, SWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Apples and Snakes - Suriya Aisha - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Suriya Aisha for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

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Apples and Snakes - Lily Blacksell - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Lily Blacksell for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Leon Priestnall - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Leon Priestnall for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Jasmine Gardosi - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Jasmine Gardosi for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Jaden Larker - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Jaden Larker for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Dieks Anthony - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Dieks Anthony for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Daisy Edwards - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Daisy Edwards for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Casey Bailey - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Casey Bailey for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Aysha Begum - Power Plant Poetry Films

This poetry film-short was created by Apples and Snakes and emerging spoken word artist Aysha Begum for Power Plant in collaboration with Pippa Riddick, a documentary film-maker with extensive experience working with poets. Power Plant is Apples and Snakes' poetry masterclasses series, delivered by established practitioners, designed to cover specific facets of the life of dedicated spoken word artist, addressing both creative and the professional skills. Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - Wordsmiths & Co. featuring Joe Coghlan

Joe Coghlan 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 Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze 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 Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory 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 Hannah Silva

Hannah Silva 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 Deborah Tyler-Bennet

Deborah Tyler-Bennett 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 David Morley

David Morley 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 Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra 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 Charlie Jordan

Charlie Jordan 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 - WORDCUP2014 Poetry Slam Final - the point is not the points

Coinciding with the football World Cup, WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. Since April, teams selected from 10 schools in East London have been working with top professional poets to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. The teams come together on stage for the live SPOKE: WORDCUP2014 poetry slam final. London's Young Poet Laureate, Warsan Shire will be a judge, along with the brilliant Khadijah Ibrahiim and Mr. Gee. The slam will also feature award-winning hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, and poet Russeni Fisher! In partnership with Spoke and Apples and Snakes England's leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word www.applesandsnakes.org Film created by Matt Jones

Apples and Snakes - Shake the Dust - Champions of the Word

SHAKE THE DUST was the biggest youth poetry slam the UK has ever seen. Spread across nine regions of England, teams of young people came together through writing and performing poetry. We used slam poetry as a tool to inspire and motivate young people to share their lives, stories and dreams, and give them a platform from which to speak out. They worked with top spoken word poets from around the UK. The competitive slam events were only one part of the process; more than anything it was about building a community that will be able to look beyond to the future of youth poetry slam in the UK. Shake the Dust joined up nine prominent arts venues in nine regions of England to work in partnership. They formed the regional homes for Shake the Dust through to the Regional Slam Finals. The highest scoring teams from each region progressed through to the National Shake the Dust Weekend, held at Southbank Centre in London in July 2012, including workshops, guest performances, international visitors and the grand slam final. It was an unmissable weekend! "To everyone who has helped to drive this project forward, whether on the stage, backstage, watching the stage, in the office booking trains, organising t-shirts, venues, flyer drops, workshops, writing poems, perfecting poems, the list goes on WELL DONE to everyone!" Laurie Bolger, Poet "Celebrate the voices of these young poets with us. The dust has truly been shaken." Jacob Sam-La Rose, Artistic Director, Shake the Dust www.shakethedust.co.uk | www.applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes - WordCup2014

In partnership with Apples and Snakes SPOKE PRESENTS: WORDCUP2014 WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. Teams from 10 schools in East London coached by top professional poets, learning their craft, putting pen to paper to create their own poetry and spoken word. The WORDCUP2014 teams come together for workshops in July 2014 to sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 Poetry Slam Final live event on Saturday 12 July, at Stratford Circus, London. Judges include London's Young Poet Laureate Warsan Shire. Coinciding with the football World Cup, the project is inspired by teams coming together to celebrate a particular passion -- for the World Cup it's football, for WORDCUP it's words! You can follow the progress of the teams via the WORDCUP2014 blog page tinyurl.com/wordcupblogging

Apples and Snakes

Angela France 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 - The Writing Room: Interview with Rachel Long for SPOKE projects in East London

Don't miss The Writing Room Showcase on Monday 28 April: bit.ly/QF7iJd The Writing Room is a space for emerging writers and spoken word artists (aged 18-25 years old) to come together, share ideas, learn new skills but most importantly, write. The Writing Room invites diverse, highly experienced and well established artists along to facilitate, challenge, encourage, and inspire young artists. The Writing Room is presented by SPOKE and supported by Rich Mix. 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.

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