Future Voices- Apples and Snakes’ 40th anniversary

The aim of the programme is for participants to produce a short poetic film (one minute long) to accompany a new poem about their ‘world’ – their life, local environment or city. At the end of the project, these films will be shared and celebrated at small live events and an online showcase.

Each of the 40 selected poets will receive a commission of £500 for taking part and producing their film and poem. The programme will happen online, apart from a final celebration event at a local hub. To take part, you will need WiFi connection, a recording device (most smartphones will be fine for this) and access to Zoom.



  • Be an emerging spoken word poet who performs (this can be at open mics)
  • They believe ‘emerging’ can happen at any age, you just need to be 18 years old or over (for safeguarding reasons) and be sharing poetry for under five years
  • Be a poet who wants to develop their practice and add another string to their bow with visual skills
  • Have a desire to make new networks
  • Be committed to the programme, be available for masterclasses and have time to produce a short film
  • Have access to a recording device (a smartphone phone is fine)
  • Have access to WiFi and a computer


The programme outline

The partner organisations represent five different regions across England – North, Midlands, London, South West and South East. You will be assigned into groups of eight and this will be based on your location. We are not able to allocate your group based on preference and sadly we are unable to receive applications from those based outside of England.

The partner organisations are: Young Identity, Gallery37, Poetic Unity, People Dem Collective, and Milk Poetry.

The tutors for this programme will be announced soon.


As part of the programme you will:

  • Be paid a commission of £500 to create a one-minute poetic film to accompany a new poem – both created by you. This will be paid either 50% at the start of the programme, once an agreement has been signed and 50% after the piece has been produced, or 100% at the end of the programme.
  • Attend a programme of eight online masterclasses (each up to 2.5 hours long) hosted by professional filmmakers and poets. These will happen on Zoom and will be hosted by Apples and Snakes and the regional hub partners. These will take place on either a Monday or Tuesday evening.
  • Share your work at a live celebration event with your regional partner at the end of the programme. You will be paid £100 fee to perform and we will cover your travel costs.
  • Attend an online closing symposium to reflect on the programme, feedback on how it went for you and celebrate the work you’ve made.



10am on Mon 7 Aug.

You will be notified on your status within three weeks. The successful cohort will be announced publicly on 2nd October to coincide with Apples and Snakes 41st anniversary. The programme dates are as follows:

Induction event online on 9th October 2023
Masterclasses will run once per week from week beginning October 9th until week beginning November 27th. These will most likely be on Mondays and/or Tuesday evenings around 6.30-8pm.
You will have time to work on finishing the films between December 2023 – mid January 2024
Celebration event at your local partner organsation’s hub will take place in February 2024, final date TBC
An online symposium will be on 28th February 2024

They will have a panel of poets and producers judging the entrees. They want to make balanced selections and prioritise Global Majority** poets who may not have had access to these kinds of programmes before.

**Global majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and/or have been referred to as “ethnic minorities”, yet make up over 80% of the global population.


Future Voices : Apples and Snakes

Published on:
28 Jul 2023
Opportunity deadline:
07 Aug 2023


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