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Projects

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.

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Level Up Season 4

8 September 2015 - 8 February 2016

BIRMINGHAM @ 7PM: Find the words! Speak out loud!

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SPOKE PRESENTS: AIR

30 March 2013 - 10 August 2014

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's bold and ambitious programme of spoken word for East London

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THE LAST POETS

25 - 27 November 2016

LONDON: The spoken word legends are making a rare UK appearance

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Pangaea Poetry Slam

4 - 31 July 2016

An online, international poetry slam for poets to share work, collaborate and forge communities

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SPIRIT OF SOWETO

13 - 18 June 2016

Remembering the struggle against apartheid 40 years on

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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

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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

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HOME COOKING SEASON 4: POETRY PODCAST CALLOUT

16 February - 15 March 2016

Calling all poetry podcasters!

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NATURALNESS

1 August - 31 December 2015

LONDON: exploring ethical issues in biology and medicine through poetry.

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WRITE.SPEAK.FEEL

1 March 2015 - 30 March 2016

LONDON: a transformative project for 10-14 year old ‘looked after’ children

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PICTURE THE POET: PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME

3 October - 29 November 2014

SHEFFIELD: creative writing workshops with young people

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PICTURE THE POET TOUR

5 May 2014 - 30 June 2016

Photographic portraits of poets from the National Portrait Gallery Collection

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Juice Festival Roving Poet

25 October - 4 November 2012

NEWCASTLE: Look out for Jess Green at events during Juice!

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A Roo In My Suitcase

23 July 2011 - 29 April 2012

Funny, quirky and cuddly as a bag of marsupials!

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public address tour

6 October - 9 December 2010

NATIONAL - performance poetry tour

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BEYOND WORDS

31 October - 15 November 2009

Five incredible South African poets tour the UK together for the first time. Brought...

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SECURITY

10 October 2009 - 20 February 2010

This comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship confronts the issue of security and...

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School of Dark

1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009

SCHOOL OF DARK – written and performed by Charlie Dark

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Kieron Rennie

Kieron is a multifaceted...

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