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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 - 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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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