Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for 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 art form 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. Apples and Snakes was set up in 1982 by a group of poets in order to establish more performance poetry events. Over the last three decades, Apples and Snakes has been the development ground for many high profile poets and artists, inspired countless young people and taken performance poetry to new places. Since 2002, Apples and Snakes has made the transition to a national organisation and now has Area Programme Co-coordinators in the Midlands, North, South East and East and South West, as well as our creative team in London.

Find us at...

  • Apples and Snakes
  • The Albany
  • Douglas Way
  • London
  • SE8 4AG


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