Apples and Snakes @ Home is the online gig series where leading spoken word artists share poetry and conversation for you to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa!
Series 3 will focus on the theme of ‘Home‘, with artists exploring the idea of belonging in an increasingly fragmented world. We want to use this as an opportunity to amplify the voices of under-represented groups by focusing our programming on Black and brown artists living in England who may feel at ‘Home’ in more than one place or identity.
Episode 1 features performances from Casey Bailey and Ioney Smallhorne, as well as a specially commissioned poem from John Bernard. Hosted and co-curated by Bridget Minamore.
Click the ‘Watch Gig’ button to the right to join us on the night for an hour of poetry and conversation.
A writer, performer and educator born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, Casey Bailey has performed nationally and internationally, spent some time on a residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and taught, facilitated and led up and down the country. His debut poetry pamphlet Waiting at Bloomsbury Park was published by Big White Shed (2017). His first full collection of poetry Adjusted (2018) was published by Verve Poetry Press.
A writer, filmmaker, performance poet and a member of poetry collective Mouthy Poets. As a dedicated Spoken Word Educator, Ioney Smallborne earned an MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths University 2019 and has worked with schools and community groups across the East Midlands. As a performer, she blends the political with the personal and has performed at gigs across the UK.
A Coventry-based poet who uses his artistry to inspire, influence and invigorate his listeners with meaningful messages, John Bernard aims to provoke positive change and steer his listeners towards realising their potential. Distinctive delivery, commanding voice, an intricate lyricist his content is authentically raw and potent.
A British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London, Bridget Minamore is a dramaturg, teacher, journalist, and poet. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems, was published in 2016. Bridget currently works for production company Esperanto Filmoj, as the Writing Assistant to writer and director Alfonso Cuarón.
Apples and Snakes @ Home explores new ways to digitally connect artists and audiences during these extraordinary times. 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.