Red Sky Sessions

Apples and Snakes presents a second installment of our skills development programme for emerging writers aged 18 to infinity.

We’re back again for the third 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. 

There is no upper age limit for Red Sky Sessions.

Tutors and Workshop Guests

We’re pleased to announce that Cecilia Knapp will be leading the sessions this season.

Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and novelist and the Young People’s Laureate for London 2020/2021. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Outspoken poetry prize and the 2020 Rebecca Swift Foundation Women’s Prize. Her poems have appeared in The White Review, Wasafiri, Popshot, Ambit, Magma and Bath magazines and anthologised. Her theatre pieces Finding Home and Losing the Night both opened to sell out London runs at The Roundhouse before touring the UK. Her debut novel Little Boxes is forthcoming from The Borough Press (Harper Collins.) Her debut poetry collection Peach Pig will be published by Corsair in 2022. She curated the anthology Everything is Going to be alright: Poems for When you Really Need Them, published by Trapeze in 2021. She was resident poet at Great Ormond Street Hospital for two years and is lead tutor for the Roundhouse’s prestigious poetry collective. Lastly, but not least, Cecilia is an ambassador for the mental health charity CALM.


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)

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 at 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 let you 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-April.

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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