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Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes

Jerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance

Apples and Snakes have been pioneers in spoken word poetry for over 35 years. They deliver innovative artist development programmes, provide performance platforms and commission experimental new work. They have been instrumental in the development of the art form nationally, catalysing spoken word nights in cities across England, creating new performance and participation experiences and supporting breakthrough artists.

The Jerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance programme will create a unique opportunity for 10 spoken word poets from across the country to explore the performative potential of their work. Selected artists will participate in a residential creative lab with experts from different performance disciplines, receive a £3,000 bursary and a mentor. The programme will run twice, culminating each time in two showcases (one in London and one in the North of England) and a commission for one artist.

This programme will provide space, time and creative support for selected poets to create new work in an environment which respects the integrity of spoken word. It will also explore the art form’s relationship to other disciplines such as dance, theatre and digital art, and interrogate the opportunities these offer for pushing the boundaries of spoken word.

The artists selected in 2020 are Julian KnoxKirsty TaylorNeelam Saredia-BrayleySafiya Kamaria Kinshasa, and Shaun Hill.

The artists selected in 2021 are Reece Williams, lisa luxx, Malaika Kegode, Sarah Lasoye, Desree and John Bernard.

Jerwood Arts | Apples and Snakes Poetry in Performance supported through Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund.