Apples and Snakes creates and supports an array of innovative projects, from spoken word shows on tour to education programmes.
We're currently creating a digital Spoken Word Archive, preserving a cultural heritage that has reflected and influenced many social and political movements over the last 30-plus years. The Archive will showcase the history of spoken word and performance poetry through rare sound and video recordings, photographs and press cuttings.
Some of our archived projects include Picture the Poet a national touring exhibition bringing together photographic portraits of some of the most important poets of our times, Spine Festival which celebrated arts and literature in libraries across London, The Last Poets: Speak Up Newcomers Tour, which saw the legendary godfathers of hip-hop captivate audiences up and down the country; Shake the Dust, the biggest youth poetry slam the UK has ever seen; Architects Of Our Republic, an explosion of poetry, music and film commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I have a dream" speech; SPOKE, a visionary poetry and spoken word programme in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. See below for information about our current projects.
Level Up Season 4
8 September 2015 - 8 February 2016
BIRMINGHAM @ 7PM: Find the words! Speak out loud!
SPOKE PRESENTS: AIR
30 March 2013 - 10 August 2014
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's bold and ambitious programme of spoken word for East London
THE LAST POETS
25 - 27 November 2016
LONDON: The spoken word legends are making a rare UK appearance
Pangaea Poetry Slam
4 - 31 July 2016
An online, international poetry slam for poets to share work, collaborate and forge communities
SPIRIT OF SOWETO
13 - 18 June 2016
Remembering the struggle against apartheid 40 years on
SPINE FESTIVAL 2016: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
3 - 5 March 2016
Meet the SPINE Festival 2016 Artists in Residence: Annarita Mazzilli, Aoife Mannix, Paul Lyalls, Charlotte Bill & Rachel Long
SPINE FESTIVAL 2016: LIBRARIES OUT LOUD
3 - 5 March 2016
LONDON: celebrating arts & literature across London libraries with fun activities for children, families & young people
HOME COOKING SEASON 4: POETRY PODCAST CALLOUT
16 February - 15 March 2016
Calling all poetry podcasters!
1 August - 31 December 2015
LONDON: exploring ethical issues in biology and medicine through poetry.
1 March 2015 - 30 March 2016
LONDON: a transformative project for 10-14 year old ‘looked after’ children
PICTURE THE POET: PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME
3 October - 29 November 2014
SHEFFIELD: creative writing workshops with young people
PICTURE THE POET TOUR
5 May 2014 - 30 June 2016
Photographic portraits of poets from the National Portrait Gallery Collection
Juice Festival Roving Poet
25 October - 4 November 2012
NEWCASTLE: Look out for Jess Green at events during Juice!
A Roo In My Suitcase
23 July 2011 - 29 April 2012
Funny, quirky and cuddly as a bag of marsupials!
public address tour
6 October - 9 December 2010
NATIONAL - performance poetry tour
31 October - 15 November 2009
Five incredible South African poets tour the UK together for the first time. Brought...
10 October 2009 - 20 February 2010
This comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship confronts the issue of security and...
School of Dark
1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009
SCHOOL OF DARK – written and performed by Charlie Dark