UnderOne Festival

Hello, we are Apples and Snakes, England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation. We are at UnderOne Festival as a supporting partner to inspire your creativity and enhance your well-being during the event. 

Our poet-in-residence for the UnderOne festival is Kat François

You can also hear TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Joelle Taylor; emerging poets Adeola Yemitan and Gafar Fashola; Apples and Snakes Artistic Director, Lisa Mead; and Chair of our Board, Amerah Saleh. 

Kat is a movement based Artist, Writer and Educator; Writing and Performance Coach; BBC TV and World Poetry Slam Champion. Kat has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Saturday Live and Woman’s Hour, as well as BBC TV & Sky, and featured on BBC television’s Paul Whitehouse: Our Troubled Rivers. Kat has written and performed two solo plays and three solo comedy shows

Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her most recent collection, C+NTO & Othered Poems, won the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize and the 2022 Polari Book Prize for LGBT authors. C+NTO is currently being adapted for theatre with a view to touring.

Catch us at these times:

Kat François
Spoken Word Performance
Wed 24 July: 10.20-10.30am

Journalling with Kat
Thu 25 July: 9.30-10.00am

Joelle Taylor
Panel Discussion F: Pride in Perspective: Voices of the LGBTQ+ Community
Wed 24 July: 3.25-4.05pm

Spokenword Performance
Thurs 25 July: 10.15-10.30am

Lisa Mead
Fireside Chat – Fostering Inclusivity: A Fireside Chat on Supporting Parents and Carers in the Workplace
Wed 24 July: 11.00-11.30am

Panel Discussion H: Artistic Voices Unite: Harnessing Diversity for Impactful Storytelling
Wed 24 July: 3.25-4.05pm

Lunchtime performances:
Adeola Yemitan – Wed 24 July
Gafar Fashola – Thu 25 July


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Through our Book a Poet scheme, we can work with you to find an amazing poet to deliver workshops, events, talks and commissions for your organisation.

With over 40 years of experience with spoken word, Apples and Snakes are well versed in connecting you with the right poet for your organisation. Working with a poet can bring a burst of creativity to your event, encouraging new ideas and alternative ways of thinking.

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