Apples and Snakes presents a poetry night bringing world-class poetry to the heart of Birmingham. One regional, one national and one international poet perform alongside open micers.
FEATURE: Kamil Mahmood
Kamil is a Poet, Spoken word and Visual Artist based in Birmingham.
His work explores identity, community, Islam, the British Pakistani diaspora, masculinity and international activism. He combines contemporary commentary with narratives of the often overlooked and unheard championing words as tools for change. He has worked with organisations including Beatfreeks, REP Birmingham, Ummahsonic and has a debut collection, published by Verve Poetry Press, to be released in March 2019. He has been described as a wordsmith of the ages whose words permeate the zeitgeist and a promising prospect for the UK poetry scene.
FEATURE: Amani Saeed
Amani is a London-born American-British-Indian-Middle-Eastern-etc spoken word artist. She is a member of the poetry collective The Yoniverse and has worked with the Roundhouse, the BBC, and the Huffington Post, among others. Amani's work brings the big issues to your kitchen table. It explores the crisis cultivated by living between sometimes (but not always) contradictory cultures, treading the line between masjid and mini skirt. Amani’s poetry has been described as ‘electric,’ ‘strident,’ and ‘brave.’ Her first collection, Split, is published with Burning Eye Books. https://amanisaeed.com
Oshanti Ahmed is a poet and performer. She was one of the winners of National Slambassador cohort of 2016 for The Poetry Society and is currently part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective 2019. Her work has been featured on the FADER and BBC Radio 4. She is also one of the co-founders and facilitators of the Globe Poets collective which aims to deliver poetry workshop to young people in South London
Sign up for open mic on the night from 7pm – 7 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random.
The Patrick Studio is easily accessible from our Thorp St entrance or from Level 3 inside the theatre.