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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


History of Spoken Word