Future Voices

project overview

To celebrate Apples and Snakes’ 40th anniversary, we launched Future Voices – a project that seeks to nurture and grow emerging talent from across England.

We invited leading spoken word artists and filmmakers to run an intensive masterclass programme for the 40 emerging poets online. The aim of the programme war for participants to produce a short poetic film (one minute long) to accompany a new poem about their ‘world’ – their life, local environment or city.

These videos are now available to view on online, both here and via our YouTube channel.

The regions

Find out about all the artists taking part in Future Voices by watch the videos from the project:
South East
South West

The artists

Milga Abraham, Triumph Arach, Seun Matiluko, Jay Sandhu, Polis Loizou, Ingrid McLaren, Aliyah Begum, Zakariye Abdillahi, Isaac Izekor, Sofe Barker, Gafar Fashola, Jasmin Thien, Blaize Alexis-Anglin, Obinna Iwuji, Mariah Wilde, Binta Yade, Princess Arinola Adegbite, Amy Langdown, Jay Mitra, Dan Loops, Toreh O’Garro, Louis Registe, Lauren Temple, Ella Otomewo, Bhumika Billa, Matt Alton, Charlotte Johnson, Francis, Xavier Mukiibi, Amy Anam Cara, Holly D M Oluwo, Tanya-Loretta Dee, Gaëtan Gauthier, Jonah Corren, Lesley Hayes, Eryn McDonald, Kane John Mills, Jaidah Spence, Jo Eades, Elena Chamberlain and Valentina Paz Huxley.

Regional Events

Events are being held in each region to celebrate the work of the poets and are open to everyone to come along. Check out the socials for our partner organisations to see the latest event details.

The programme outline

The partner organisations represent five regions across England – North, Midlands, London, South West and South East. Each poet has been assigned to groups of eight based on their location.

The partner organisations are: Young Identity, Gallery37, Poetic Unity, People Dem Collective, and Milk Poetry.

Along with support from the regional partners, each poet also received the following:

  1. A commission of £500 to create a one-minute poetic film to accompany a new poem – both created by the poet.
  2. A programme of eight online masterclasses (each up to 2.5 hours long) hosted by professional filmmakers and poets. These included: idea generation in poetry, storytelling on film, performing to camera, DIY filmmaking, film storyboarding, and feedback sessions.
  3. An opportunity to share their work at a live celebration event with the regional partner at the end of the programme.
  4. Attend an online closing symposium to reflect on the programme, feedback and to celebrate the work that has been created.

A thank you to all our partners for taking part in Future Voices: Young Identity, Gallery37, Poetic Unity, People Dem Collective, and Milk Poetry.

Gallery 37, Milk Poetry, Poetic Unity, Young Identity and People Dem Collective

This programme has been made possible thanks to funding from Fenton Arts and Idlewild Trust. With special thanks to support from Arts Council England.