Plot17 @ Polka Theatre

A hip-hop, eco block party Using spoken word, lyrics, visuals & DJ-ing, PLOT17 is an interactive performance for audiences aged 7-12. Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka AKA The Green Man and DJ D’Vo as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. PLOT17 is a mobile block party travelling the world raising awareness, inspiring action and spreading the message…

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Cabaret for Freedom

Kwame Dawes, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, Jive Poetic & Young Identity Join us for an evening of poetry and music featuring an all-star line-up of international artists. Ghanaian-born Kwame Dawes has published 24 collections of poetry including Nebraska and Wisteria as well as fiction, criticism and essays. His poetry has been described by Martin Espada as the ‘the music of survival and transcendence.’…

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PLOT17 @ Barnsley Garden Party

A hip-hop garden party for ages 7-11

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NYLON

NY-LON: bringing together poets from London and New York, a cross-continent poetry connection. Take part in a captivating evening that celebrates cultural exchange and artistic collaboration, and explores identity, social justice and the complexities of human nature. We’re joined by Kwame Dawes, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu and Jive Poetic from the US; and Salena Godden and Lemn…

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Wordcup2023: The Showcase

WORDCUP2023: The Showcase Catch the freshest new talent from across the country, as young poets aged 11 – 17 share their words in the final showcase of WORDCUP2023. Following a series of workshops back in their home towns, the teams have created team poems each that they will perform as part of this national showcase….

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Managers Match: WORDCUP2023

A stellar line-up of some of the UK’s finest poets who have been coaching the young poets for the WORDCUP national showcase. This event will be hosted by Jacob Sam-La Rose, and headlined by WORDCUP celebrator and Manchester’s Queen of Poetry Shirley May.  Featuring: Yomi Sode, Muneera Pilgrim, Reece Williams, Antosh Wojcik, Khadijah Ibrahiim &…

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All Stars

All Stars gig – evening event Doors 7pm, event starts 7.30pm To round up the Apples and Snakes Takeover, we’re hosting an absolutely stellar gig in the Main Space. Expect to see music, poetry and performances. We have newly commissioned works and a couple of extra surprises to throw at you. This event is included…

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A man on stage, smiling with excitement. Words read Apples and Snakes Takeover

Apples and Snakes Takeover

Thank you to everyone who came 🙂 An epic all-dayer in celebration of 40 years of supporting the UK’s finest spoken word talent. We know this event is over, but we’re keeping it up for a week because we’re so proud and happy about the event we pulled together. We just wanted to stay in…

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Poetic Retreat at Lyra Festival

A one-day event for poets at all stages to refresh, reboot and connect. The retreat offers creative workshops, discussions, mentoring and practical advice to reenergise your practice, soothe your soul and leave you with a new spring in your step. Led by acclaimed poetry and wellbeing facilitators. Last year’s retreat sold out, and although places…

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Two older women in circles with a pink and purple overlay. Words read 'on our own terms'.

On Our Own Terms

‘On Our Own Terms’ is an in-person workshop of poetry-writing and portrait photography for women in our 60s and 70s, with spoken word poet Leah Thorn and photographer Anita McKenzie. This inclusive and dynamic workshop challenges our invisibility as older women by placing us centre stage on our own terms. It unites us across our…

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#ThisIsA(Rural)Poet

Apples and Snakes present #ThisIsARuralPoet. An hour of poetry and conversation exploring how growing up in rural Britain impacts your work when your cultural heritage has deep roots elsewhere.  How does growing up in rural Britain impact a poet’s work when their cultural heritage has deep roots elsewhere? Poetry organisation Apples and Snakes presents an…

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Jawdance

Jawdance is in full swing this October, featuring a line up of Thembe Mvula, Russeni and Khadijah Ibrahiim. Kat Francois will be hosting and as ever the evening will feature an open mic opportunity. Join us for London’s biggest evening of Spoken Word with some fantastic performances from faces you may or may not know….

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