the Poetry kit







London 25th May 2016


Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm (7pm for open mic sign up)


Join us for London�s biggest open mic night! Whether you�re a poet who loves to write and perform, or an audience member who just wants to sit back, relax and listen, Jawdance is for you! Bringing you acclaimed feature acts in poetry and music; established artists and exciting newcomers, whose words will waltz �round your head for days - hosted by the incredible Yomi 'GREEdS� Sode! And, of course, not forgetting the renowned Jawdance open mic draw! With 12 slots up for grabs, 3 minutes each, selected at random, Jawdance is your chance to share a stage with some of the biggest names in spoken word. Always fun, always varied, always supportive! What have you got to lose?

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

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Newcastle 26th May 2016


Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm

�5 on the door

Newcastle�s favourite night of quick-fire spoken word entertainment is back, featuring special guests from the worlds of music, comedy and of course � POETRY! Apples and Snakes are delighted to support this essential evening by airlifting in some super-cool guests from around the nation! This month features Poetry Jack and Jeff Price. Plus there will be the usual open mic hosted by the terrifically talented Jenni �Jazzhands� Pascoe.

The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle NE6 1LD

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Brixton 8th June 2016

Apples and Snakes Presents


Wednesday 8 June 2016, 7.30pm

�8 adv | �5 concs | �10 otd

Boasting an exceptional line-up of artists from poets to musicians, writers to DJs, Straight Out The Box offers up a fresh series of new events set in Brixton�s pioneering space, Pop Brixton.

Whether you�re a music fan, spoken word enthusiast, or simply out to seek a new creative experience, Straight Out The Box is guaranteed to surprise and satisfy even the most eclectic of tastes. Curated by Run Dem Crew founder, DJ, and poets, Charlie Dark, and musician, dub-poet, and writer, Roger Robinson.


Mastermind of a sound that is honest, poetic, and witty Darks

Poetic grime-ster Eklipse

Sound innovator and host Charlie Dark

Plus conversation: boys to men � growing up in London

Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ

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St Endellion, Cornwall 11th June 2016

Poetry workshop led by Isabel Galleymore and Luke Thompson, to be held at St Endellion Church on Saturday 11 June from 10.00-15.00, cost �15.  This is to focus on landscape, animals and their relationship to spirituality.  Cost �15.  Book online at or reserve by e-mail: or telephone the Box Office 07787 944 935.

Limerick 12th June 2016

is pleased to announce the launch of

It's a Queer City: All the Same - an anthology of LGBT writing from Limerick

Edited by Shane Vaughan

3.00pm Sunday 12th June 2016

The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar

George's Quay Limerick

The anthology will be launched by actor and playwright Myles Breen.

This anthology features poetry, prose, essays and more, and  explores the queer experience of Limerick life. It features contributors from both the straight and LGBT communities covering themes and issues relevant to all. The work is sensitive, brave, irreverent, and humorous; above all the writing is original, fresh, innovative and varied and embodies the strength of the region�s queer talent.

It is available to buy online at and from all usual outlets.
For further details: Dominic Taylor; Tel:
087 2996409; E:

Falmouth 13th June 2016

Graham Burchell reading  13th June, 2016 at the Camellia Room, Falmouth Hotel 19.00 for 19. 30

Graham Burchell will be joining members of Falmouth Poetry Group for their summer members' reading. In case you don't know, Graham won the national Stanza Poetry Competition last year, and had his collection Kate published by Indigo Dreams to critical acclaim.  He is an old friend of the group. All welcome!  �3/�2 FPG members.

Birmingham 16th June 2016

Apples and Snakes presents


Thursday 16 June, 7.30pm

�5 otd

One regional, one national and one international poet � Hit the Ode: a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems which may require some self-assembly. Poems bright like trumpet solos. Poems which will bloom in a couple of months if you give them plenty of light and water them well. Good poems. Come and get them!

To share your own work on stage, email for a slot.

The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

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Sutton 16th June 2016


Thursday 16 June, 6-8pm


Join us for the book launch of The No Panic Book of Not Panicking, written by No Panic (Sutton & Merton), edited by Sally Pomme Clayton  and Daniela Paolucci, illustrated by Richy K Chandler. The book shares personal experiences of struggling with panic and anxiety, practical and creative strategies for coping, along with poems and stories about attitudes towards mental health. No Panic hope the book will bring relief to those who are suffering with panic and anxiety, help families and carers, inform the wider public, and eradicate shame and stigma linked to the condition. The book is full of testimonies that even in the darkest moments hope can be found, and is full of helpful ideas about how to face fears and live a braver life.

This celebratory event will launch the book, and members of No Panic will read selected work from the book.

Sutton Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA


London 23rd June 2016

Out in South London present


In association with Apples and Snakes

Thursday 23 June, 8pm

�6 | �5 concs

A showcase of queer spoken word to be recorded for Resonance FM�s award winning LGBT magazine show Out in South London, presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes. As it�s a certain referendum day, there will be a Euro twist. This month features Keith Jarrett, Nick Field, and Ali Brumfitt who will perform and then be interviewed about their life, work, and inspirations by presenter and host Rosie Wilby.  

Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE


London 24th June 2016


Friday 24th June, 7.45pm

Dugdale Theatre, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS | 0208807 6680

Southampton 27th June 2016

Apples and Snakes presents


Monday 27 June, 7.30pm

�5 | �3 Open mic-ers

A bi-monthly showcase of local, national and international spoken word! Expect articulate artistry, expressive eloquence and verbal thrills�n�spills. This month features Animal by Chris Redmond and Anna Freeman, and Mighty Mike McGee; the internationally touring, hilarious, and �fresh� from Glastonbury Festival, US poet. Mike is the only slam poet to win both the US National Individual Grand Slam Championship and the World Slam Championship. He has appeared on HBO�s Def Poetry Jam and toured nearly 1 million miles in his poetry career (so far)� We also welcome Animal, a brand new spoken word comedy by Chris Redmond and award winning author and slam champion Anna Freeman. Set to live music this show encompasses mythic drum lessons, awkward parties and explosive one-night stands in a show about learning to live with the choices we make and the animals that guide us. It features ridiculous storytelling, comedy, music and graphs.

Still want more? There'll be an open mic too! � sign up at the box office from 7pm to bagsy your slot. Places limited.

Nuffield Theatre, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR


London 29th June 2016

Tolu Agbelusi presents


In association with Apples and Snakes, supported by Arts Council England

Part of Islington Word Festival 2016

Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm


On the same morning as the Government unleashes �Go Home� buses on the streets of London, 4 individuals from different backgrounds find themselves in a temporary detention room following what appears to be an immigration raid on a train station in which people of colour are profiled and detained indiscriminately. As they react to their predicament and to each other, their individual stories unravel a tale of subtle prejudices, displacement narratives, daily microagressions and coping mechanisms. Il� la wa, which is Yoruba for We are Home, is a play in progress, exploring the concept of home and what happens when your idea of home conflicts with your reality.

Il� la wa is part of The Home Is Project, a multimedia multi-arts exploration of the impact of physical, emotional and psychological displacement on people�s concepts of home.

In addition to the play, itself partly inspired by various poetic narratives, 5 acclaimed poets will create new work, building on stories collected from a selection of interviews and workshops recorded as part of the project. Tolu Agbelusi, Tshaka Campbell, Russenї Fisher, Jemilia Wisdom and Belinda Zhawi will create new poems which will then be developed into new pieces of work by an array of visual artists.

This is a work in progress event previewing part of the play and a sample of the print and visual art works that have been produced in development of the project which will be showing in full in November 2016.

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA