A+S

A+S

Blackbox: Rue Gumbochuma ‘Stay Strong Black Girl’

Rue Gumbochuma is a Zimbabwe born poet who describes herself as a storyteller. Currently based in London, she has found a balance between poetry and music, combining both to explore the human condition. She has produced work for several organisations and performed at The Roundhouse and BAFTA. Most recently, her work has been published in an anthology entitled SISTA (published 2018) written by queer women of African and Caribbean descent.

A+S

Blackbox: Bella Cox ‘Howl’

Bella Cox has worked for over 5 years as a poet, workshop facilitator and MC. She is a Barbican Young Poets alumni and was also part of The Writing Room (Apples and Snakes), London Queer Writers Collective, and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. She is well known for her transportive poetry that often addresses the notions of home and belonging. Her proudly queer and feminist work seeks to embrace difference and empower young people.

A+S

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.

A+S

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.

A+S

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.

A+S

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.