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. We have three main strands of activity:

Producing, Curating and Commissioning

Apples and Snakes raises the profile of spoken word and pushes the boundaries of the artform 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.


To lead the poetry revolution, creating artistic and social change through the power of spoken word.

Mission Statement

Apples and Snakes stretches the boundaries of poetry in education and performance, by inspiring participation and giving voice to a diverse range of spoken word artists.