Behind The Words

“Poetry is like water, it takes on the vessel it’s in” Joelle Taylor (BBC Radio 4: Front Row – 11 Jan 22)

Apples and Snakes celebrate turning 40 in 2022, and with any significant anniversary comes a time of reflection. We have thought long and hard about how we came together, what we’ve achieved and where we would like to go next with spoken word and performance poetry.

We could name all the incredible poets we have nurtured and collaborated with over the years from the budding talent to the more established names … But this is not in the spirit of what we’re about. 

Apples and Snakes is, and always will be, about recognising and celebrating the art form and appreciation for spoken word, striving to work with the individual and their circumstances and supporting talent to grow the industry. 

To help put this project together, we are working with Colin Potsig. We have commissioned 12 photographic works as part of Behind The Words. Colin is a photographic artist based in Northumberland specialising in portraits and documentary photography, with a particular interest in marginalised people and places. His Arts Council funded exhibitions focusing on autistic people – “You, Me and Autism” and “You, Me and Autism Too” focused on portraits of fellow autistic adults. His recent commissions include projects from the Wellcome Trust, Unlimited and City Arts Nottingham.

Together with the eye of Colin, we wanted to show you what a poet ‘looks like’ and dismantle the idea that you need to fit a particular mould to become one. We’ll be adding a new post each month throughout 2022.

This is what a poet looks like: #ThisIsAPoet.

Kate Fox

Kate Fox works mainly as a stand-up poet and as a broadcaster and speaker. As she points out on stage, if you say you’re a comedian who does poems, not many people will come and see you; whereas if you say you’re a poet who does comedy…still not many people will come and see you but at least you get Arts Council funding… S

She was written two comedy series called The Price of Happiness for Radio 4 about things she’s supposed to want but doesn’t and her current touring show “Where There’s Muck There’s Bras” about notable Northern women.

Kate is a gentle activist and campaigner for the voices of Northerners, the working class, women and the neurodiverse to be heard. For this reason, we asked her to write about what being a poet means to her, and how being neurodiverse has shaped the way she creates and interacts with the poetic community. Read her blog here.

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