Today I’ve been checking out Apples and Snakes a poetry events website, it’s focused on poetry events happening around the UK. With well planned events advertised months in advance, which I think shows the success of not only the website but the organisation and planning put into these events.
There are workshops available for poets to improve their skills; I’ve never really seen so many places offered on one website. I think it’s well worth a look if you’re a starting poet of just want a few tips; I took a look at a couple of the links and each one seemed encouraging and positive. With support for the young as well as adults, from poetry slams to educational projects, Apples and Snakes seems to be a very popular, positive team of organisers.
I think the whole education element is great, one for adults and one for children, I love that Apples and Snakes are keeping it fun for the kids but a little more serious for the adults. Making people of all ages aware of what they can do and what sort of poetry is out there to experience. I think that’s brilliant!
The events available can be narrowed down through selecting where you live, saving you going through all the events that you cannot get to, a really nice time saving feature. The whole site is chic and the layout is easy to navigate. It is simple to see all the pages available, Apples and Snakes have narrowed it down to nine main pages, which I personally think are relevant and not just space fillers.
There’s a great mixture of pictures, text and videos on the site, it keeps it fun and interesting. I think in comparison to some poetry website Apples and Snakes is really modern and plants a fresh idea of poetry in the viewers mind. With a lot of poetry sites they are aimed at an older audience and the sites are quite sophisticated and complex, which can be overwhelming and boring at times. So I really did find this site to be a breath of fresh air.
Really worth a look even if it’s just to take a look at some new poets, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something or someone you like the look of.
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