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 Kei Miller and Shagufta K Iqbal, as well as a specially commissioned poem from Muneera Pilgrim. Hosted and co-curated by Bridget Minamore.
Click the ‘Watch Gig’ button to the right and join us over on the Apples and Snakes YouTube channel for an hour of poetry and conversation.
Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His books include the novel Augustown and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion which won the Forward Prize in 2014. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.
Shagufta K Iqbal
Founder of The YoniVerse Poetry Collective and Kiota Bristol, Shagufta K Iqbal was longlisted for the Jerwood Compton poetry fellowship. She is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and Tedx Speaker. She has been described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’ has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a social political masterclass.’ Her poetry film ‘Borders’ has won several awards, and has been screened across international film festivals, including London Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Athena Film Festival. She is currently writing her second poetry collection and debut novel.
Muneera Pilgrim is an international poet, writer and cultural producer, living between Bristol and London. She is one half of the Muslim female duo Poetic Pilgrimage. Muneera conducts expressive based, purpose-driven workshops in women’s groups, community groups, schools, universities, campfires, and wherever humankind commune. She is a writer for BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought, and is the current artist in residence with The English Touring Theatre. She has contributed to The Guardian, Amaliah, Huffington Post, The Independent, Al Jazeera Blog, Black Ballard and various other digital and print platforms. She has also recently started her own blog, Muni Pilgrim: Epic and not so.
Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She 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.
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.