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About us

Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation.

Producing, Curating and Commissioning
Apples and Snakes raises the profile of spoken word and pushes the boundaries of the artform through producing and curating live events and creative digital content, working extensively in partnership and commissioning and touring new writing.
Artist Development
Apples and Snakes nurtures spoken word artists, providing guidance and support from our staff team, mentoring and shadowing opportunities, critical feedback, a wide range of masterclasses and more in-depth professional development projects and programmes at a regional and national level.
Participation and Outreach
Participation is at the heart of our work at Apples and Snakes, with projects and programmes involving schools, libraries, prisons, hospitals and other settings, with a focus on disenfranchised voices, marginalised communities and those at risk.
Our vision is to lead the poetry revolution, creating artistic and social change through the power of spoken word. We create groundbreaking, diverse work including live performance, artist development, participation and digital content that helps to broaden people’s understanding of what spoken word is and can be. We facilitate cross-artform and cross-sector collaborations that push spoken word and performance poetry into new directions, and develop work online as well as internationally.

Apples and Snakes is a national organisation with a Head Office in Deptford, South East London, and Programme Co-ordinators in the South East, South West, Midlands and North of England. 

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