Apples and Snakes @ Home is the online gig series where leading spoken word artists share poetry and conversation for you at home to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa!
Now in its second series, Apples and Snakes @ Home explores new ways to digitally connect artists and audiences during these extraordinary times. Catch performances from Joelle Taylor and Chiedu Oraka, as well as a specially commissioned poem from Adrian B Earle. Hosted and curated by Vanessa Kisuule.
Click the ‘Watch Gig’ button to the right and join us for an hour of poetry and conversation.
An award-winning poet and author, Joelle Taylor recently completed a world tour with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me (Out-Spoken Press). Founder of SLAMbassadors and Borderlines, she is the author of three poetry collections. She is currently completing her debut novel The Night Alphabet, and her new project Butterfly Fist was featured on the Radio 4 programme Butch and will be published in 2021.
Raised in Hull, Chiedu Oraka, who is hailed as the sound of northern working-class England, is a pioneer of the alternative urban scene. Chiedu has supported some of the UK’s leading Hip-Hop and Grime MCs. Chiedu’s first single, Flex gained over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Adrian B Earle
Revelling in unfamiliar commissions and experimental verse form, Adrian B Earle (ThinkWriteFly) is Managing Director at VerseFirst Productions, and a Hippodrome Young Poet. His debut pamphlet 5000HURTS is published by Burning Eye Books, and his 2nd Poetry Film boyshapedspace was commissioned by Rural Media for BBC New Creatives and won joint 1st at the Newlyn PZ international film festival 2020.
Winner of over 10 slam titles and crowned Bristol City Poet 2018-20, Vanessa Kisuule has performed her work internationally. In 2019, her one woman show, SEXY, toured to great acclaim. She has two full collections, Joyriding The Storm and A Recipe For Sorcery (Burning Eye Books) and was Highly Commended in The Forward Prize Anthology 2019.
Spoken word has the power to bring people together in the best and worst of times. As we find ourselves in a period of global uncertainty, distanced physically from one another, the need to connect has never felt more important.
At Apples and Snakes, we know it’s vital to continue supporting artists and the wider spoken word community through this time of change, producing new work and pushing the boundaries of what poetry is and can be.