Working with a poet can bring a burst of creativity to your event, school or workplace. Whether it’s for a workshop, performance, corporate event or commissioning a bespoke poem for an occasion, Apples and Snakes can help you find the perfect spoken word poet to suit your needs.

For over 40 years, Apples and Snakes has championed spoken word and poetry in performance, and our experience is second to none.

We can connect you to the best spoken word artists performing today.

Please follow the relevant link below, and complete an online booking form. We will then be in touch to discuss your booking options:

If you have any questions or would like to talk through your event, please contact [email protected]

Words that Burn: Amnesty International UK

Ignite your students minds and empower them to spark change! 

Words that Burn is Amnesty International UK’s flagship creative education programme. It aims to empower young people to explore and take action for human rights through poetry. 

Amnesty’s Words That Burn education resources are designed to help students to explore human rights through poetry, develop their own writing and performance style and unearth the power within their words. 

Designed to be used in secondary schools, Amnesty offers free access to 10 education resources on themes such as identity, equality and freedom of expression. Each resource is accompanied by poems, films and PowerPoints that support students to explore work from different poets and develop their own poetry writing.

You can access all of the 10 free education resources here.


PLOT 17 is a hip-hop block party poetry show that is suitable for children aged 7-11 to hire out in your venue or school. The show will come to you and we have a video you can watch to see if it’s suitable. Read more about this touring show.

All other enquiries

Apples and Snakes help find and book poets for a wide range of projects and events, engaging both adults and children alike. Some of the work we’ve helped find poets for includes:

  • Performances (including: poetry, spoken word, beat-box hip-hop, storytelling; and from 10 minute sets to hour-long theatre shows)
  • Workshops
  • Lectures and talks
  • Panels and debates
  • Hosting and presenting
  • Poets-in-residence
  • Voiceovers
  • Specific campaigns/events such as: National Poetry Day, Black History Month, LGBTQ+ Awareness Month.

We work with hundreds of poets each year, and can help find the right poet for you, and help manage your booking.

If you would like to enquire about a booking, or have any questions, please complete the form below with as much information as you can.

Examples of our work include:

Uniqlo Tate Lates
For 3 years we helped select and programme poets for monthly performances and Q&As the Uniqlo Tate Lates programme at Tate Modern. Poets included: Raymond Antrobus, Anthony Anaxagorou, Jay Bernard, Sabrina Mahfouz and Roger Robinson.

Life & Rhymes
Working with Sky Arts we programmed poets for Life & Rhymes, a series of socially distanced outdoor gigs and open mics, hosted by the late Benjamin Zephaniah (rest in power). Poets included: Keith Jarrett, Hollie McNish, Harry Baker and Gecko

Other clients include: English National Opera, University of Bath, Team London Bridge, Richmond Literature Festival, Hatfield Art and Design Gallery and Maida Vale Library.

Alternatively, if you would like to talk through your event, please contact [email protected]. Or call us on 07496 393 793.