Apples and Snakes was started by a group of poets in 1982 in a room above a pub. Over our 35 year history they’ve worked with Billy Bragg, Jackie Kay, Lemn Sissay, Malika Booker, Charlie Dark, Polarbear, Kate Tempest, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Rosen and Caleb Femi, to name just a few.
Their Artist Development programmes include women’s poetry collectives in the North East, Writing Room for young writers in London and Book a Poet which sends poets to schools, galleries and festivals all over the country.
The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ free development space for emerging poets and spoken word artists, aged 18-30 years old, this is the first time it is running in Lincoln.
This 8 week course is designed to take you through the whole process of writing a poem – from the genesis of an idea and using different writing forms, to discovering the sound of your poems and revisiting and editing your work, as well as having the platform to showcase your work at the end! The course is developed around the idea of reducing the amount of guesswork in your writing and to encourage and inspire craft and creativity.
Facilitated by internationally renowned poet and facilitator Malika Booker, The Writing Room will put you through your paces and engage in an exciting range of creative exercises that will challenge, encourage and inspire your work as an artist.
Alongside Malika, two of the sessions will be facilitated by guest artists who will share their expertise.
Monday 20 August, 5pm
Please note that sessions will be held in Lincoln at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre in September and October . Those from outside Lincoln may apply, but Apples and Snakes will not be able to cover travel expenses.
The Writing Room is intended as a 8 session programme – you should attend the whole course but must be able to make a minimum of 6 sessions to be able to participate.
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