Jerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance Programme

Jerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance programme is a unique opportunity for five spoken word poets from across the country to explore the performative potential of their practice. Running twice from 2020 – 2022, each iteration of the programme will culminate in two national showcases and a commission for one of the selected artists.

Providing space, time and creative support, the programme nurtures the creation of new work in spoken word whilst exploring the artform’s relationship to other disciplines such as dance, theatre and digital art, and interrogating the opportunities these offer for pushing the boundaries of spoken word.

The creative programme is led by prolific writer and performer, Sabrina Mahfouz, producer and Artistic Director of Trigger, Angie Bual, and Apples and Snakes’ Artistic Director, Lisa Mead. Having worked together to select the five artists, the programme leads will continue to offer support throughout the year, and will collaborate with the group to devise the creative programme.

In 2020, we’re excited to be working with JulianKnxx, Kirsty Taylor, Neelam Saredia-Brayley, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa, and Shaun Hill. These five fantastic artists will participate in a creative lab with experts from different performance disciplines, receive mentoring and a bursary towards their development.

Thanks to our partner organisations, artists, and colleagues around the country who nominated artists for the programme. We were overwhelmed by the huge amount of talent and ambition, which made selecting the final five artists for this year a real challenge.

Meet the artists from 2020-21

Meet the Artists

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis we adapted some aspects of this programme and moved sections online. We believe that the crisis has brought to light, now more than ever, the need to invest in artists, and we are delighted to be supporting these outstanding artists at this time of immense challenge for the creative sector.


Jerwood Arts LogoJerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance is supported by Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund.

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