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Lisa Mead

Artistic Director
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford,
London SE8 4AG   lisa@archive.applesandsnakes.org

As Artistic Director, Lisa leads on developing the organisation’s artistic strategy as well as delivering the creative programme of events, artist development and participation projects. She is also responsible for commissioning, producing and touring work. Lisa has worked at Apples and Snakes as a freelancer on various projects since 1998 and full-time since 2004.

Lisa has worked with artists since 1994 developing cross art-form projects which engage people in surprising arts work and events, in all kinds of settings. Previously she has run family learning projects, been a local authority arts officer, an arts centre programmer, facilitated drama workshops in prison, trained as an early years teacher and company-managed touring theatre and comedy shows.


Robert Saunders

Administrative Director
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG  

As Administrative Director Robert has lead responsibility for the finance, marketing, fundraising, IT, HR and general administration operation at Apples and Snakes.

Robert trained in the law before seeing the light and embarking on a career in arts administration. Starting as a self-employed odd jobber with companies such as Greenwich Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company and Jacksons Lane Community Centre Robert eventually graduated to full time employment as Finance Manager of The Oxford Playhouse. Robert joined Apples and Snakes in April 2007.


Nicky Crabb

Senior Producer
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Nicky is the Senior Producer at Apples and Snakes. Nicky first worked for Apples and Snakes from 2000-2004 as Education Manager and has been working on and off for the organisation ever since with a particular interest in artist development, working in prisons and working in unusual spaces.

Nicky started out as a secondary school English teacher, before moving into the arts 20 years ago and has worked for a number of cultural organisations from the Bfi to Creative Partnerships and is passionate about the arts and creative learning.  She has worked widely within arts education and the disability arts sectors and is an effective evaluator and clear communicator.  Nicky is also an associate of Culture Shift and a part time yoga teacher.



Daniela Paolucci

020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford,
London SE8 4AG   daniela@archive.applesandsnakes.org

Daniela joined the Programme team at Apples and Snakes in December 2009 with responsibilities for continuance and development within the creative and participation programme. Her role is to develop and deliver in collaboration with artists, strands of work including Arts & Health, projects with schools and partner organisations that meet identified needs for public engagement as well as formal and informal education. The work has young people at its heart as participants, artists and audiences with a focus on working with socially excluded communities and those at risk.

Daniela has worked in the arts for 15 years, both in Italy and UK in a variety of roles in management, finance, tour booking, producing projects and festivals and across a range of theatre companies like the Royal National Theatre, The Puppet Centre, European Cultural Foundation UK, Scarlet Theatre, Peepolykus, company of angels, Watermans Arts Centre, Pacitti Company (SPILL Festival of Performance 2007) and Montage Theatre.

Daniela also works part time for Poetry London, a leading international contemporary poetry magazine, as General Manager, with the overall responsibility for the smooth running of all operational services with a particular focus on finances, funder liaison and strategic planning.


Tobi Kyeremateng

Tel: 020 8465 6149
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Tobi joined the Apples and Snakes team in 2016 and is dedicated to strengthening the profile and format of poetry nationally as well as helping develop Apples and Snakes' artist development programme to find tomorrow's artists.

Over the past 5 years, Tobi has worked with organisations such as Ovalhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, RichMix, Prince's Trust, Roundhouse, The Big House, Bestival, Block9 at Glastonbury and Old Vic Theatre and works mainly with theatre, poetry and festivals.

Tobi developed work with the likes of Caleb Femi, Tom Gill and Deanna Rodger before joining Apples and Snakes, and really likes halloumi.


Russell Thompson

Archive Coordinator
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG   russell@archive.applesandsnakes.org

Russell’s job is to make sense of Apples and Snakes’ history. He coordinates our Living Archive for Spoken Word & Performance Poetry, a project that involves digitising three decades’ worth of flyers, press-cuttings and recordings, and making them available to the public via a new, purpose-built website. Watch this space!

Russell is one half of the arthouse/vaudeville duo Project Adorno, who have taken a dozen shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and are a regular fixture on the cabaret circuit. He has been closely involved with spoken word for twenty years, the last ten of those through his work as our London Programme Coordinator. An experienced creative writing tutor, he has also written a number of books on historical and topographical themes.


Adrian Gardner

Assistant Producer
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG  

Adrian is currently Assistant Producer at Apples and Snakes as well as being a freelance Arts Producer.  He manages our Book a Poet Programme to match the right artists to clients, mostly schools looking for workshops and performances. He is also a freelance drama workshop facilitator, and has worked with the Old Vic and the Young Vic on a variety of outreach focused drama projects.

Previously he worked at Roundhouse as Trainee Assistant Producer in Performing Arts, working to develop the careers of their Resident Artists in Spoken Word, Cabaret, Circus and Theatre. He has also worked and trained with organisations such as the Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts, Macnas, Lovebox, Bestival and Mousetrap Theatre Projects. Adrian studied Theatre at the The BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology for 3 years. Adrian’s interest lies in socially conscious performance and high quality participation work.


  • Adrian loves Hayao Miyazaki films – particularly Spirited Away
  • Adrian prefers money on his birthday rather than presents or cards
  • He believes he was James Baldwin in another life
  • Adrian wishes Solange was his aunt



Ben Fagan

Digital Media Coordinator
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Ben first came to the UK in 2015 to perform his solo spoken word show Under the Table at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He then moved to London where he has been working behind the scenes with fashion company Ralph Lauren and producing tours for UK performers in New Zealand.

Ben is on the advisory board of the NZ National Youth Drama School, Poetry in Motion Wellington and New Zealand Poetry Slam. Along with being part of the digital media team for these organisations he is a TEDx performer and organiser, has toured across NZ and the USA, and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 to perform in the spoken word/theatre show Made to Measure.

When Ben was small he wanted to be a Geologist.


Fiona Simpson

Communications and Office Executive
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Fiona is part of the communications and the administration teams at Apples and Snakes. Helping to tell the story of Apples and Snakes and to support with the day to day running of the organisation.

Fiona studied English and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and has an MA in Post-1900 Literatures, Theories and Culture from the University of Manchester. As well as poetry Fiona has a love of comedy, lasagne and the film Psycho.


Peter Hunter

Producer South East
Tel: 023 8031 5500 Ext: 206
The Nuffield, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR


Peter Hunter has been a performance poet for over 10 years, during which he has performed around the UK (including a national tour of a multi-media poetry show), in Europe and on a 3 week tour of the USA. He has been the instigator, organiser and promoter of many performance poetry events as well as being involved in the visual arts as a ceramicist, sculptor, film-maker and gallery director.

He has been working for Poetry Can, a poetry development agency in Bristol, for several years and is now based in Southampton as the Apples and Snakes Producer South East arranging events and artist development initiatives.

Apples and Snakes in the South East


Aliyah Hasinah

Producer Midlands
Tel: 0759 9321 148
Impact Hub, 58 Oxford St, Birmingham B5 5NY

Aliyah Hasinah is a producer and poet whose writing focuses on decolonising and developing personal understandings of history, politics and social commentary. In 2015 she set up Herstory LIVE, a live event in Birmingham focusing on the histories often whitewashed out of history books.

Some of her writing is published in the Saqi Books Anthology; Muslim Women in the UK: An Anthology of Voices, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz in addition to having some featured work in Shakti Women's e-book. Aliyah’s writing has been commissioned by National Trust, BRAP, Co-Ed Foundation, Channel 4 Random Acts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Aliyah has produced for Southbank Centre, Wolverhampton Arts Fest, Warwick Castle, TEDxSkoll, Eastside Projects and is currently programming / curating for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, TEDxBrum, The S+K Project, Heaux Noire and more.  She is also an aspiring filmmaker and historian who values herbal tea and ripe plantain.

Apples and Snakes in the Midlands


Gina Sherman

Producer South West
Tel:07776 768 715
Design Space, 1 Upcott Avenue, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, EX31 1HN

Gina has been working for Apples and Snakes since March 2010. Her job involves working with artists and organisations to programme a range of performance poetry events and professional development initiatives.

Gina graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2008 with a degree in Writing and Visual practice. On leaving she became a neo-comedy burlesque performer as part of the double act ‘The Ladies of Pleasure’!  She has worked as Volunteer Programme Coordinator for the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, where she found willing participants to help out theatrically - for free!

She currently works part time for Dance in Devon, a dance Agency based in Exeter who promote and organise dance  across the County.

Apples and Snakes in the South West


Kirsten Luckins

Producer North
Tel: 07585 223 162
ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL

As Producer, Kirsten is responsible for programming events and artist development workshops in the North.

Kirsten joined us from the Ouseburn Trust in Newcastle, where she worked to promote and support cultural volunteering. Previous work has included freelance arts administration and events management in a wide variety of media, including developing cabaret nights and programming community arts festivals. A practicing poet both on the page and in performance, Kirsten is passionate about helping poets achieve their full potential by learning from and collaborating with artists from multiple disciplines.

Apples and Snakes in the North

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