Apples and Snakes: The Podcast
Ep 10 | The importance of owning and telling our own stories Part 2: This space is therapy.

Ep 10 | The importance of owning and telling our own stories Part 2: This space is therapy.

October 25, 2021

For this seasons final episode, we come back to the conversation between our host Yomi Sode, Kat Francois and Reece Williams

They talk about they therapy that exists in Black poets having the space and scope to tell their own stories and spend some time considering how we can make platforms for younger Black and mixed Black poets to take up the mantel and pass the traditions on. 

Reece shares his poem 'The origin Story of Reece the Poet'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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Ep 9 | The importance of owning and telling our own stories Part 1: The great unlearning

Ep 9 | The importance of owning and telling our own stories Part 1: The great unlearning

October 18, 2021

In the penultimate episode of season one, host Yomi Sode talks about the importance of owning and telling our own stories with Kat Francois and Reece Williams.

They discuss bravery, worrying about how people will receive your authentic voice, how it is a fight for Black poets being able to tell their real truth and how they have had to unlearn the actions associated with silencing themselves.

Kat shares her poem 'Tongue Tied'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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Ep 8 | Poetry in Education Part 2: It comes down to understanding the words and the lines

Ep 8 | Poetry in Education Part 2: It comes down to understanding the words and the lines

October 11, 2021

Back with host Yomi Sode and guests Casey Bailey and Que to continue the conversation around Poetry in education.

This time they talk about access points to poetry and how we need to consider, more carefully, how to make poetry accessible and relatable to audiences that don’t see themselves or their lives reflected in poems that are taught in school.

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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Ep 7 | Poetry In Education part 1: Man‘s a poet now.

Ep 7 | Poetry In Education part 1: Man‘s a poet now.

October 4, 2021

And we’re back!!

In this episode our host Yomi Sode talks to Casey Bailey and Que AKA Quethewolf about poetry in education and some of the unlearning that we have all had to do because of the way that we poetry has been taught to us. Has the curriculum made poetry unattractive to many children and young people and does that stay with them into adulthood? 

Casey shares some of his journey to this point and Que talks about his platform Dope Readers.

Casey shares his poem 'Waking'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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Ep 6 | National Voices part 2: Creating space for development and growth

Ep 6 | National Voices part 2: Creating space for development and growth

September 6, 2021

We come back to our conversation with our host Yomi Sode and Khadijah Ibrahiim and Malaika Kegode discussing the importance of including regional voices when we talk about Black British poets.

Spaces for development and growth are so important when poets are just starting out as the scene can feel very isolating. Both Malaika and Khadija have spent a lot of time creating spaces for this kind of development and here they share some of the amazing things that have come out of those spaces.

Khadijah shares her poem 'Kitch'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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Ep 5 | National Voices Part 1: ‘But I’m a poet as well”

Ep 5 | National Voices Part 1: ‘But I’m a poet as well”

August 30, 2021

In this episode our host Yomi Sode talks to Khadijah Ibrahiim and Malaika Kegode about the importance of including regional voices in the conversations about the landscape of Black British Poetry.

Khadijah talks about her poetry journey, why she founded Leeds Young Authors and Malaika discusses how rural voices are still sometimes left out of the conversation and why that needs to change.

Malaika shares her poem 'Legacy'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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EP 4 | Music Part 2: ‘When poets write we conjure worlds and cast spells”

EP 4 | Music Part 2: ‘When poets write we conjure worlds and cast spells”

August 23, 2021

Returning to the conversation of music and poetry, Yomi Sode continues to talk with Zena Edwards and Eklipse about music and poetry and the colonial implications that surround the page vs stage conversation.

They talk about how Black poets are breaking the barriers that have been put in place when it comes to cultural authenticity and starting to ignore these restrictive ideals. 

Eklipse shares his track 'London City' (Prod. JayJForty7 & Eklipse)

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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EP 3 | Music Part 1: ‘Sometimes our stories need music’

EP 3 | Music Part 1: ‘Sometimes our stories need music’

August 16, 2021

In this episode our host Yomi Sode talks to Zena Edwards and Eklipse about the use of music when it comes to poetry and what that means to the Black community as well as the isolation it can cause in the wider poetry community.

Zena shares some stories about her journey over the past two decades and Eklipse talks about why he made the move from poetry to Grime and the space and freedom that music gives him.

Zena shares her poem 'When the 33's spin'

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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EP 2 | Publishing Part 2: ‘We do it so our community lives forever’

EP 2 | Publishing Part 2: ‘We do it so our community lives forever’

August 9, 2021

As we return to the conversation of Publishing, in this episode, our host Yomi Sode talks with Caleb Femi and Nii Ayikwei Parkes about the the uniqueness of the point in time we are experiencing.

Are poets are the true rock stars of the literary world? Why are there so many  strange expectations and rules placed on poets in regards to what they should do, be and look like.

Nii shares his poem ‘To Be in Love’

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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EP 1 | Publishing Part 1: ‘I’m just tryna be like you bro!’

EP 1 | Publishing Part 1: ‘I’m just tryna be like you bro!’

August 2, 2021

In this episode our host Yomi Sode talks to Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Caleb Femi about Publishing when it comes to Black British Poets.

Nii is celebrating 20 years since he founded Flipped Eye Publishing and Caleb has just been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize.

They talk about the difficulties that Black people face when it comes to navigating publishing and the things that have been done to start the process of change.

Caleb shares his Poem 'Honeytrap & Likkle Bwoi' from his collection Poor.

Apples and Snakes:The Podcast is hosted by Yomi Sode with Sound production by Drew at Lab Studios.

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