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We are 40! Come and be our 12th man as we celebrate by turning this month’s Jawdance into an extra special XL Apples & Snakes gig

As a thank you for the last 40 years and to get into the celebration mood, you can expect to see:

More poets
More hosts
More Music
More energyyyy

In this game of two halves, we’re collaborating with Manchester’s Young Identity for a five-a-side poetic playoff, with a slight nod to the World Cup.

Bringing on the heat from London/South are the home gamers: Team Apples and Snakes with Christy Ku, AJ King, Sugar Jay and Iftikhar.

On the opposing side, we have the feisty northerners: Team Young Identity with Nasima Bee, P.A. Bitez, Billie Meredith and Saf S2E.

The live band is back and, to get that competitive vibe going, two hosts will be overseeing the match: Yomi Sode and Kat Francois plus Den the Tech on the ones and twos.

Hold on we got more on the way… Who’s coming in from the outside: Roger Robinson and Malika Booker. These two power houses will be giving you a set with a live band between the matches.

The penalty kicker is that with such a big programme, we won’t be able to host an open mic for this one quite like the previous events. We’re missing two people from the line up – the team captains. Pop your name in the hat to be a captain and take the stage with the chosen team. This means there will be only TWO open mic slots available on the night.

We promise you will still be going home having had a great time! We have a lot to give you, so sit back and enjoy it all.

You may think it’s all over – and it is now for this year. Normal Jawdance service will resume in February 2023 so you got some time to prep those words for the next one.

We can’t wait to see you, it’s gonna be a good-un.
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Tickets sell fast for this event so buy one quickly to avoid disappointment.

Tickets start at £3 or pay what you can.

About The Artists

Yomi Sode

Yomi Ṣode is an award-winning Nigerian British writer. He is a recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and was shortlisted for The Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021.

His acclaimed one-man show COAT toured nationally to sold-out audiences, including at the Brighton Festival, Roundhouse Camden and the Battersea Arts Centre. In 2020 his libretto Remnants, written in collaboration with award-winning composer James B. Wilson and performed with Chineke! Orchestra premiered on BBC Radio 3.

In 2021, his play, and breathe… premiered at the Almeida Theatre to rave reviews. Yomi is a Complete Works alumnus and a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He is the founder of BoxedIn, First Five, The Daddy Diaries, and mentorship programme, 12 in 12. Yomi’s debut collection, Manorism is published by Penguin Press.

Kat Francois

The first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, a year later she won the World Slam Championships. As a playwright, Kat has written and performed two internationally staged solo plays, and two comedy shows.

Raising Lazarus, Kat’s play dealing with the experiences of Caribbean soldiers in World War One, continues to tour globally to critical acclaim, and formed part of the WW1 centenary and featured at Imperial War Museum.

Kat run’s Onyx, a poetry and theatre performance group with young people, and produced and directed the acclaimed piece, Women Must, at Last Word Festival, Roundhouse. The group have continued to meet online weekly during lockdown and are currently conducting research on issues around mental health for their next piece of creative work.

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Her writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation, and education. Clients and organisations she has worked with include Arts Council England, BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Arvon, and Hampton Court Palace.

Roger Robinson

Roger is a writer and educator who has taught and performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon.

He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, The National Portrait Gallery, V&A, INIVA, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist. He is an alumni of The Complete Works.
His workshops have been part of a shortlist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award winning Barbican’s Can I Have A Word.

He was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize 2013. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records

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