The Midlands area covers the East and West Midland regions, however currently our focus is on the West Midlands, where part-time Programme Co-ordinator Bohdan Piasecki has been developing work over the past five years.
To see events taking place in the Midlands, Events or go to Artist Development if you are a spoken word artist in the area. Our current programme and artist development offer includes:
- The monthly spoken word night Hit the Ode, held at the Victoria Pub in Birmingham and featuring a local, national and international artist as well as open mic slot.
- LEVEL UP, an explosive night of spoken word poetry featuring some of the UK's very best poets alongside local rising stars.
- Running other projects and events designed to respond to the needs of local poets by improving their professional skills, providing progression routes and performance opportunities.
- One-to-one advice and guidance sessions from Bohdan about your own practice and aspirations as a poet.
- Producing a monthly e-newsletter called Snakebasket, which includes highlights of the Apples and Snakes programme alongside information about other poetry events and projects in the area, space permitting.
In the East Midlands region, Apples and Snakes has been developing artists through a mentoring programme delivered by Writing East Midlands, and supporting the work of Mouthy Poets including programming and paying for the headliners on their current national tour.