#SPINE2019 | Thursday 7 March – Saturday 16 March
Libraries are creative spaces.

Now in its 5th year, SPINE Festival will be running in 17 boroughs across London from 7 – 16 March.

Produced by Apples and Snakes, SPINE 2019 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival giving young people the chance to engage with workshops and live performances for free at their local library.

The theme of this year’s festival is teen wellbeing. The festival celebrates creativity and community across the capital.

Bexley • Brent • Bromley • Croydon • Ealing •  Islington • Hammersmith & Fulham • Hounslow • Kensington & Chelsea • Kingston • Lewisham • Merton • Newham • ​Southwark • Sutton • Tower Hamlets • ​ Westminster


Artistic Residencies

There are ten multi-talented artists who are in residence in 5 different libraries around London.

Alex Godwin (aka Billy) is a visual artist with a passion for colour, Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet and facilitator. They are Artists in Residence at Shepherds Bush Library.

Daniel Regan is a photographer captivated by the human condition, Katie Greenall is a facilitator, theatre maker and spoken word artist. They are Artists in Residence at Sutton Central Library.

Emma McGordon is an award winning spoken word artist Cherilyn Yeates is a visual artist and youth arts development officer. They are Artists in Residence at Wimbledon Library.

Irina Richards is a comic artist/illustrator, Rue Gumbochuma is a Zimbabwe born – Berkshire raised writer who would describe herself as a storyteller. They are Artists in Residence at Downham Library.

Poet Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator. Linnéa Havilland is an illustrator and animator, and works as creative content designer at SH:24. They are Artists in Residence at Peckham Library.

Crowded: Library Based Poetic Theatre Show

How do you sort your head out when it gets too crowded in there?

As part of #SPINE2019 Apples and Snakes and Half Moon Theatre have created Crowded, a spoken word theatre show for youth audiences touring 17 London Boroughs in March 2019.

Crowded tells the story of ordinary young people whose mental health leads to harmful and destructive behaviours. It gives voice to emotions that are often unspoken and is delivered through powerful, funny and uncompromising performances. It is written and performed by three exciting poet performers: Desree, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet, with additional text by Rosemary Harris.

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