Michael Rosen Going Through It

Going Through It

‘Going Through It’ World premiere by Michael Rosen With realism, pathos and hope, Michael Rosen explores the loss of his son Eddie and his own experience of more than 40 days in an induced coma. He performs two pieces, each one a free verse narrative, linked with music which is newly composed and performed by…

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SPIN @ Imagine Children’s Festival

Come gather around for this drop-in, free SPIN show as part of Southbank’s Imagine Children’s Festival. Join the word warriors of Apples and Snakes word warriors for a fun-filled day of raps, poems and stories. We have an energetic line up for you including Plot17’s very own Kenny Baraka, seasoned storyteller Jan Blake, bubbly host…

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Kwame Dawes Masterclass: The Art Of / In Obsession

Join acclaimed Jamaican poet, novelist and playwright Kwame Dawes for an intimate poetry masterclass. A meditation on the value and complexity of obsession for the artist, we will explore how engaging our obsessions can teach us a great deal about our art and can feed the power and urgency of what we write about. The…

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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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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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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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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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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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Seven Poet Trees

Seven Poet Trees A performance installation co-directed by Ackroyd & Harvey and Zena Edwards with sound by Isa Suarez. Under the night sky and in the shadow of a big tree held high from a crane, young people and residents of Lewisham will perform poems exploring the connection between human beings, trees and the people…

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Content Cottage with Keats-Shelley Memorial Trust

In 2022, three organisations came together to explore traditional poetry in the context of modern life, set in the English countryside. Content Cottage is a digital literature project on Romantic Poetry, from the UK’s leading spoken word organisation, Apples and Snakes, in partnership with the Keats- Shelley Memorial Association and First Story. The outcome of…

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SPIN: About The Earth

SPIN: About The Earth

Spoken Word and Rap in Libraries Across Lewisham Join Apples and Snakes’ eco-‘word’- warriors for a fun-filled 45 minutes of raps, poems, stories & workshops about planet Earth, its creatures, the environment and how we can all help to make sure we keep it green. Featuring superstar storyteller Jan Blake, playful poets Adam Kammerling (22 Oct only) & Simon Mole (24/29/30…

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Plot17 at Southbank

PLOT17 is a mobile block party traveling the world raising awareness, inspiring action and the message of ‘making things green’. Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka AKA The Green Man and his DJ, Conrad Kira as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. PLOT17 is a mobile block party traveling…

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Jawdance X Bloomsbury

Jawdance comes to Bloomsbury Festival. This is your chance to own the stage alongside some of the biggest names in spoken word. An institution of the London spoken word scene, Jawdance comes to Bloomsbury Festival bringing you acclaimed feature acts alongside up-and-coming artists in poetry and music. The notorious Jawdance open mic is for poets,…

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Performance for Queer Poets

Pride month may be over for another year but we aren’t done yet. If you are an LGBTQ+ poet based in London, that would like to spend some time with other LGBTQ+ poets based in London, working on perfecting your performance skills for that one poem about your experiences as an LGBTQ+ person (based in…

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Plot17 at Family Dayz

PLOT17 is a mobile block party traveling the world raising awareness, inspiring action and the message of ‘making things green’. Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka AKA The Green Man and his DJ, Conrad Kira as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. PLOT17 is a mobile block party traveling…

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Jawdance: May 2022

Join us at Richmix for the best spoken word night in town Our usual host Yomi Sode is back at Richmix this May, bringing you some incredible spoken word performances from: Kayo Chingonyi is the author of Kumukanda, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa…

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Jawdance

Jawdance is London’s biggest poetry night featuring some of the best names on the Spoken Word scene. It returns on Wednesday 21 February 2024 at Rich Mix in London! For the first Jawdance of 2024 ,we welcome host Kat François and an award-winning line up: Jason Allen-Paisant – Self Portrait as Othello (Carcanet), Forward Poetry Prize…

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Poetry Salon

Apples and Snakes x Bloomsbury Poetry present: POETRY SALON Join your host, award-winning poet and Bloomsbury’s poetry editor Kayo Chingonyi for an evening of conversation, music and readings with the four inaugural poets of the Bloomsbury Poetry list – Valzhyna Mort, Anthony Joseph, Selina Nwulu, and Polarbear. Kayo and Anthony will be live on stage…

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Jawdance: April 2022

Come and join our notorious* Spoken Word night in Richmix Join us and your usual host, Yomi Sode, as we bring you some exceptional spoken word talent from the likes of: Gboyega Odubanjo Gboyega was born and raised in east London and is an editor of bath magg. He is the author of two poetry…

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SPINE: Comic (Manga) Workshop for Children

Create your own comic story with UK manga brand mayamada! For children aged 8-12. Budding creators are invited to this amazing opportunity; discovering how to create your own comic story with UK manga brand mayamada! In this session led by mayamada co-founder Nigel Twumasi, participants will get to grips with the ins and outs of…

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SPINE: Improv Games with Pillow Talk Theatre

Play games, have fun and learn some improv with Pillow Talk Theatre. Parents and carers are invited to come and watch the last 30 minutes of the session to see your new skills! Email [email protected] to find out more and secure your place. This event is part of SPINE Festival 2022. Venue: Walworth Library

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SPINE: ZooLab: Zoo on a Broom

Discover a zoo tale which has become a year round ZooLab favourite. Join ZooLab on a rhyming story adventure based on a well-known children’s classic! Follow our friendly witch Zog on her broomstick ride through towns, forests and bog. Along the way, her broom starts to resemble a zoo! Our helpful and kind witch offers…

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SPINE: Storytelling workshop: Wonder

Storytelling workshop inspired by R.J. Palacio’s picture book ‘Wonder’ Join Cat & Hutch as they explore the world of “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio Wonder is all about a boy called Auggie Pullman. Auggie is just like every other boy… but you might not think so when you first see him. Auggie has a facial anomaly that means…

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SPINE: Storytelling workshop: Hom

Storytelling workshop inspired by Jeanne Willis and Paddy Donnelly’s picture book ‘Hom’ Hom is a creature. Not just any creature – there’s no one else like Hom in the whole world! When a boy is shipwrecked on Hom’s island all alone he soon meets Hom and finds out what type of creature he is –…

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