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Blackbox: Marv Radio ‘Channeling’

Marv Radio is known for his out-of-this-world live music and theatre shows where he combines beatboxing, live looping, singing and rap to make high energy motivational hip hop.

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Blackbox: Liv Torc ‘This is it’

Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet. A Radio 4 Slam Winner, a former Bard of Exeter and current co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack. Liv runs the spoken word stage at WOMAD and the Hip Yak Poetry School. Her debut book Show Me Life was released by Burning Eye in 2015.

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Blackbox: Chris White ‘Duck’

Chris White is a poet from the South West now based in London. He came second in Exeter's 8th annual poetry slam and is known for humour, irony and clever wordplay.

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Blackbox: Ross Sutherland ‘In Which I Confess To Many Murders’

Ross Sutherland writes for film, radio and stage. Penned in the Margins have published four of his poetry collections and he runs poetry writing workshops with organisations such as London Science Museum and International PEN. His award-winning podcast Imaginary Advice is a sketchpad for new ideas and new episodes are released monthly.

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Blackbox: Isaiah Hull ‘Hallelujah’

Isaiah Hull is one of the Roundhouse/Radio 1 Extra finalists in 2015 at the age of 18, having participated in Wordcup, a national youth slam run by Apples and Snakes. He is a member of the young writers collective, Young Identity, which was formed in Moss Side to encourage young adults and teenagers to express themselves through poetry.

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Blackbox: Rowan McCabe ‘Deer in a Licence Plate Shop’

Rowan McCabe is a poet from Newcastle upon Tyne, he’s performed on stages around the country, from the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury Festival. His work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was commissioned by Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’. He’s the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet read more about his work at rowanthepoet.com

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Blackbox: Ollie O’Neill ‘Forgive Me’

Ollie O’Neill is a poet based in London. In 2013 she won SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championship, and she has since gone on to read at venues such as Soho Theatre, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Cheltenham Literature Festival, and many more. She was shortlisted for one of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry categories in 2018 and published her debut pamphlet 'Ways of Coping' with Out-Spoken Press.

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Blackbox: Thembe Mvula ‘Makhanda’

Thembe Mvula is a South African born writer and performance poet currently based in London. Her work has been described as “having a profound ability to allow readers and listeners to exist in different places at the same time” (Bridget Minamore).

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Blackbox: Connor Byrne ‘On Holy Saturday’

Connor Byrne is a poet and performer from Brighton. They write and perform poetry focusing on ideas of gender and relationships. Connor participated in Writing Room, Apples and Snakes skills development programme for emerging performance poets. They have self published two pamphlets, Borrowed Robes and Parts and Places, and regularly compete in slams.

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Blackbox: Jamie Thrasivoulou ‘Cobwebs’

Jamie Thrasivolou is an award-winning writer, poet and lyricist from Derby. He performs regularly at spoken word nights across the country. Derby County Football Club appointed him as their official poet, and his poem 'We Are Derby' is played on the big screen before every home game at Pride Park stadium.

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Blackbox: The Repeat Beat Poet ‘For the Poets and the Faithful’

The Repeat Beat Poet is a London based poet and MC who fuses stream-of-consciousness writing and Hip Hop culture. He is a multi slam champion, seasoned performer and has been described by John Cooper Clarke as a 'phenomenal writer and enthralling performer.'

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Blackbox: Rue Gumbochuma ‘Stay Strong Black Girl’

Rue Gumbochuma is a Zimbabwe born poet and storyteller. Currently based in London, she has found a balance between poetry and music, combining both to explore the human condition. She has performed at The Roundhouse and BAFTA and her work has been published in an anthology SISTA written by queer women of African and Caribbean descent.

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Blackbox: Bella Cox ‘Howl’

Bella Cox works as a poet, workshop facilitator and MC. She is a Barbican Young Poets alumni and has been part of The Writing Room, London Queer Writers Collective, and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. She is well known for her transportive poetry that addresses the notions of home and belonging. Her proudly queer and feminist work seeks to embrace difference and empower young people.

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Blackbox: Matt L.T. Smith ‘Lemon Squeezer’

Matt L.T. Smith is a poet and facilitator. Through his work Matt seeks to convey the intimacy of change through explorations of family and mental health that try to capture emotional truth through abstraction.

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Blackbox: Lisette Auton ‘Second Best Room’

Lisette Auton is a disabled activist, writer, poet, spoken word artist, theatre-maker and creative practitioner based in Darlington in North-East England.

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Blackbox: oakley ‘the urban queer finds themself walking again’

oakley has worked with Birmingham Rep and Theatre Royal Stratford East as a playwright, and was awarded the Out-Spoken Prize for Page Poetry 2018 and a part of Apples and Snakes immersive poetry show Rallying Cry in 2018.

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Blackbox: Amina Jama ‘Ode to Frida Kahlo’

Apples and Snakes Blackbox captures performances from the best spoken word artists of today. Watch the strength of a single, passionate voice as poets speak openly & honestly on politics, gender, identity, race & the everyday. First up in the new series, rising star Amina Jama.

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Blackbox: Helen Seymour

Helen Seymour is a Canterbury-based writer and spoken word artist whose work blurs the line between theatre and poetry, approaching serious topics with surreal humour.

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Blackbox: Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is a Trinidadian writer and musician based in the UK. He has published several books and is lead vocalist for critically acclaimed King Midas Sound.

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Blackbox: Shagufta K

Shagufta K is an award-winning poet who uses arts to engage with audiences who feel their experiences are not reflected within traditional and mainstream arts.

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