A Short History of Spoken Word Poetry

If you’ve ever wondered, as I have, why the U.K. has such an incredibly vital spoken word scene, this charming animated short from Apples and Snakes’ Spoken Word Archive will bring you up to speed. (Yes, YouTube gets a nod.)

Spoken Word Archive is a celebration of the artists and the events that make up the Apples and Snakes story, as well as the wider story of the modern spoken word poetry movement.

http://www.spokenwordarchive.org.uk

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, with a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word.

http://www.applesandsnakes.org
http://www.facebook.com/applesandsnakes
http://www.twitter.com/applesandsnakes

Animated by Caroline Rudge and Creative Connections
Voiceover by Charlie Dark
Script by Ben Fagan
Produced by Nicky Crabb, Ben Fagan and Giovanna Coppola
Research from the Spoken Word Archive team: Russell Thompson, bleue granada and Chikodi Nwaiwu.

Dave Bonta

Dave is the founder of Moving Poems, and posts videos for his own poems (along with lots of other stuff) at Via Negativa. Here’s a bio.

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