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 Hollie McNish and Hera Lindsay Bird, as well as a specially commissioned poem from Nasima Bee. Hosted and curated by Vanessa Kisuule.
Click the ‘Watch Gig’ button to the right to subscribe to our YouTube channel and join us on the night for an hour of poetry and conversation.
Poet, writer, and spoken word artist, Hollie McNish rose to fame in the early days of YouTube and has since published five books of poetry and toured extensively in the UK and internationally. Her book Nobody Told Me, mixing poetry, prose and journal entries, won the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
Hera Lindsay Bird
A poet from New Zealand, Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry from the International Institute of Modern Letters where she won the 2011 Adam Prize. Her debut, self-titled book of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird was published by Victoria University Press in Australia and Penguin UK. She won the Jessie McKay Best First Book Award in 2017, The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize in 2017 and was an Arts Foundation New Generation Laureate in 2017.
Poet, producer and creative practitioner, Nasima Bee is a trustee of Manchester’s poetry collective Young Identity. She was 1 of 5 Greater Manchester artists to receive a Jerwood Creative Fellowship with Manchester International Festival 2019, and is currently working on an audio commission with New Creatives North funded by BBC Arts and ACE
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.