Apples and Snakes presents:


Four slices of exciting new spoken word shows featuring Rowan McCabeNikky Norton-Shafau, Dan Simpson and Jacob V Joyce


When: Wednesday 22 November, 7-9pm
Where: Poplar Union, 2 Cotall St, Poplar, London E14 6TL
Tickets: £3/£5
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Rowan McCabe: Door-to-Door Poetry
“What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s house and offered to write them a poem? OK. What if you did it in a rough council estate in the North East of England?”
Aware that poetry isn’t a proper job, Rowan McCabe decided to invent his own career and became the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Since then, he’s visited an imam at a mosque, appeared on BBC Breakfast and went to the ‘roughest street in Stockton’. The project has been featured in the Guardian and was named ‘Best of Today’ on Radio 4.
Rowan also performs on stages as well as doorsteps. He’s appeared at Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and was the winner of the 2015 Great Northern Slam.
“The most interesting contribution to cultural life from anyone in poetry recently” – Sophia Walker
“Moves seamlessly from hilarious anecdote to poignant poem and back again” – The Journal
“A must-see” – Tim Wells

Nikky Norton-Shafau: The Story So Far
Nikky is a  storyteller and maker with a strange ambition to become a storybook.
At present she creates audio bedtime stories and delivers story experiences in interesting spaces – think rooftops, canals and secret gardens.
Her work is influenced by poetry, hip hop, everyday conversation, children’s literature and African Folk Tales.
Her debut musical EP ‘Inside Story’ shares the intimate  journey of beginning to play out her dreams. She will be sharing a track from the EP and an extract from her ready to tour show ‘The Story So Far’.
The Storybook spoken word poetry set ‘The Story So Far…’ takes the audience on a journey showcasing the inspiration and thoughts triggering Nikky’s adventure to become a Storybook.
It is expressed through spoken word poetry, testimony, lecture, African folk tale, hip hop rhythms, animation and song.

Jacob V Joyce: Alphabetical Anthology of White Liberal Proverbs
A spoken word and music piece attempting to return the white gaze by employing poetic and illustrative ethnographic and anthropological on white culture.
Jacob is an artist and illustrator interested in subverting hegemony, infecting systems of oppression with decolonial and queer ideologies and nourishing black/brown/queer/working class/disabled audiences, as well as themselves, through their practice. 

Dan Simpson: Avocado Economics
Millenials are growing up during the harshest economic climate for generations. There’s a more secure time though: our childhoods. Dan Simpson mashes up 90s pop with housing data, superhero cartoons and political speeches to explore the adult world he’s inheriting.