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 Kayo Chingonyi and Rachel Long, as well as a specially commissioned poetry film from SAF-S2E. Hosted and curated by Vanessa Kisuule.
Click the ‘Watch Gig’ button to the right to set a reminder and join us on the night for an hour of poetry and conversation.
Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017) won the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. A former Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, and Associate Poet at ICA, London, Kayo is now Poetry Editor for The White Review, and an Assistant Professor at Durham University. A Blood Condition, a new collection of poems, will be published by Chatto & Windus, and his memoir Prodigal, is forthcoming with Picador.
Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Rachel’s poetry and prose have been published widely, most recently in Filigree, Mal, Granta and The Poetry Review. She is assistant tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme. Her Forward Prize nominated debut collection, My Darling from the Lions, is forthcoming from Picador in August 2020.
SAF-S2E is a poet, rapper and theatre maker. Member of YoungIdentity poetry collective. He has performed in multiple productions and festivals, he was one of six finalists of BBC 1Xtra’s Words First 2019 talent search.
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.