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.
This episode will feature performances from Hibaq Osman and Inua Ellams, as well as a specially commissioned poem from Sanah Ahsan. Hosted and co-curated by Bridget Minamore.
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A Somali writer born and based in London, Hibaq Osman’s work centres women, identity and the healing process. A Silence You Can Carry, her debut poetry pamphlet was published with Out-Spoken Press in 2015 and in October 2020, Hibaq released her first full poetry collection where the memory was as part of Jacaranda Books’ #Twentyin2020 initiative.
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He is the author of six books of poetry, and he has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, and the BBC. His latest poetry collection The Actual was published in October 2020 by Penned in the Margins.
Spoken Word Artist, Channel 4 Reporter and TEDx Speaker, Sanah Ahsan won the Out-Spoken Prize 2019 in the Performance Poetry category for her piece “My Dua is Love.” Her recent work includes being a Consultant and Speaker on the “Women Of Colour and Mental Health” panel at the 2020 Women of the World Festival, as well as hosting a conversation at The Tate Modern about Queer Muslim Women’s experiences. She has most recently featured in a BBC2 performance film ‘The Way Out’ with Omid Djalili and Caleb Femi, performing her poem “Come As You Are.”
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.