Red Sky Sessions

Apples and Snakes presents Red Sky Sessions, our skills development programme for emerging writers aged 18 to infinity.

We’re back again for the fourth season of Red Sky Sessions

Over the course of five workshops, participants will explore themes and techniques to improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills through a series of workshops and talks from some of the country’s leading poets and facilitators.

This FREE programme is designed to accommodate emerging writers who have been unable to apply for other programs due to their age. To apply, follow the registration link below – it’ll take you to a form where you’ll be asked some basic details we need from you. You will be sent the Zoom link for classes closer to the start of the course.

Quick link to registration, all the details are below!

There is no upper age limit for Red Sky Sessions.

Tutors and Workshop Guests

We’re pleased to announce that Vanessa Kisuule will be leading the sessions this season.

About Vanessa

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer and performer based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Blue Peter, Don’t Flop and TEDx in Vienna. She has appeared at an array of literary and music festivals and was Glastonbury Festival’s Resident Poet in 2019. She has been invited to perform all over the world from Belgium to Brazil to Bangladesh.

Her poem on the historic toppling of Edward Colston’s statue ‘Hollow’ gained over 600,000 views on Twitter in three days. She has two poetry collections published by Burning Eye Books and her work was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize Anthology 2019.

She was the Bristol City Poet for 2018 – 2020 and will be co-tutor for Southbank Centre’s first ever Poetry Collective alongside Will Harris. She is currently working on an essay collection and her debut novel.


We would like participants to commit to attending every workshop, although we do understand sometimes life gets in the way. If this happens, then not a problem! But please attend as many sessions as you can.

The dates for this term’s workshops are (guest tutors to be announced shortly)

  • Session 1 Wed 28 September 2022 |  Jamie Hale – Eco Poetry (This session will have live BSL translators).

  • Session 2 Wed 5 October 2022 | Cecilia Knapp – reading poetry

  • Session 3 Wed 12 October 2022 | Deanna Rodger – Poetry and Adulting

  • Session 4 Wed 19 October 2022 | Steven “PolarBear” Camden – Poetry and Humour

  • Session 5 Wed 26 October 2022 | lisa luxx – Poetry and Politics

All sessions will run from 6:30 – 8.30pm online using Zoom.

Please note: the Zoom link states it’s a 6pm start but that’s for the tutors to arrive a little early and prep for you. It’s not a 6pm start for you! So please don’t email us asking when it starts, the class definitely starts at 6.30pm so we’ll see you then. If you join do join early, we will keep you in the waiting room and then will be let in at 6.30pm.

Post-event recordings: if you have signed up for the event, we will be releasing the recordings of the sessions which you will have access to after the entire season has finished. These will be available from mid November onwards.

How to register your place

Simply fill in this online form to secure your place. We’ll email you the Zoom link closer to the time. This programme has been very popular in the past and we can’t wait to see you there.

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