Posts tagged "Apples and Snakes"
Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Here’s Dr Helen Gregory – performance poet, lecturer and researcher – with her take on the atmosphere of the Shake the Dust Slam Final. On my way to London I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about, wouldn’t notice anything new. After all, I was only making a flying visit to the slam...
Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

After yesterday’s marvellous on point digital coverage from Dan Simpson at Shake the Dust, I was excited and apprehensive to see the project as it nears it’s conclusion in terms of the National Shake the Dust Weekend at the Southbank Centre. Today is the second day of the three-day extravaganza and it has kicked off...
Patrick Bethell - Ambition

Patrick Bethell – Ambition

Film Producer and Photographer Patrick Bethell tells Shake the Dust how words and lyrics changed him in the inspiring 360° blogpost… “As a kid ambition can be anything, everybody would try and strive to be the professional footballer or a famous dancer. In fact I remember saying to my Mum at the age of 8 that I...
South West: "Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!"

South West: “Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!”

Sally Jenkinson South West Poet Coach tells us about the exceptional spoken word that happened at her regional final…this is wow! Well, the Shake the Dust South West regional final was an emotional roller-coaster to say the least. A full day of workshops and activities, before evening’s event, meant all the school and groups participating had...
Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Stop the presses! We’re ludicrously excited to announce that we’ve confirmed a fantastic headliner for the National Shake the Dust Slam Final. A Mercury Prize winning, spoken word hip-hop sensation no less: Speech Debelle! Speech and her band will be rounding off the event – but not before the nine highest scoring teams from each...
South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

So it was up to the South East to host their Regional Final at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. Many people came out in droves to support the young people as they got up on stage and spoke their own written words for all to see. They had worked so hard over many months to...
Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yes, they welcomed it with open arms! So after much waiting, it was finally Yorkshire & Humberside’s turn to host their Regional Final at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Many people came out to see the result of many months of hard work between the schools, young people organisations, Apples and Snakes, the consultant...
Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

What do you get if you mix talented young poets, breakdancing, beat boxing, rhythm and rhyme, and lines of words? An excited room full of anticipation for the South West Regional Final, that’s what! The South West brought passion mixed with nerves and highly potent new words never performed before, by some children who had...
The London Regional Final was... A-MAZ-ING!

The London Regional Final was… A-MAZ-ING!

The Albany was shaken up by the loudest enthusiastic audience I’d seen for a while, as the Regional Final finally made its way into South London. The night was a massive success due to the always-wonderful host, G.R.E.Ed.S and his ongoing list of catchphrases and audience participation, excited audience members (some of them expressed their...
Regional Finals land in Stockton...

Regional Finals land in Stockton…

North-Easteners came out to support their region’s finest young poetic talent in this Regional Final at the ARC, Stockton, with their teachers, support workers, poet coaches and shadow artists gathering for what was to be one of the best days of their lives. Everyone was willing them to do well and show how the North-East gets down in...
"Before Money" a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

“Before Money” a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

A word from Deborah Stevenson one of Shake the Dust’s fantastic Consulting Slam Producer’s. “One of the most unexpected exciting elements of being the Shake the Dust Consulting Slam Producer and Artist Liason is the amount of inspiration it has given me. Every time I visit a workshop I become a participant and I get...
Nicholas Judge: Poetry Hero

Nicholas Judge: Poetry Hero

Dedicated Apples and Snakes Volunteer, Nicholas Judge tells Shake the Dust a little about his Poetry Hero William Blake. The view of London to seer and poet William Blake is of a repressive bleakness; of ‘blackening Churches’ and ‘dark Satanic mills’. The sounds of the city are of crying from the chimney-sweepers, cursing from ‘harlots’, and screaming from...