Join us this April for the first of the bi-annual feasts that is Radikal Words. Always eclectic, always excellent, this spoken word night brings the finest poets from around the UK and the north-east region to the intimate, experimental Stage 3 space at Northern Stage. We are very excited that this month we have not one, but two headliners, each of them socially and politically engaged but representing different generations and cultures – Bristol based “folk hero’ Dizraeli and American-born firebrand David Lee Morgan.
They will be ably supported by local poets Mandy Maxwell, Rowan McCabe and Arabella Arnott, with music from singer-songwriter Ditte Elly.
The evening is hosted by founder member of Radikal Words, Jeff Price.
"If you can catch another Radikal Words night, do." Jowheretogo
"Radikal Words was a real triumph" The Courier
Dizraeli is a BBC Slam Poetry Champion and Farrago UK Slam Champion. He has toured the world as a rapper and spoken word artist, from the West Bank in Palestine to the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury. In 2013 he was commissioned by Apples and Snakes to write and perform a piece at London’s Southbank for Architects Of Our Republic, a celebration of Martin Luther King’s famed ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on the fiftieth anniversary of the march on Washington. Described by Venue Magazine as "a true folk hero, capturing the truth of our times with groundlevel honesty", Dizraeli leads the groundbreaking hiphop band Dizraeli and the Small Gods. He's written 3 hiphop plays, including the Edinburgh Fringe award-winning Rebel Cell.
David Lee Morgan has travelled the world with his saxophone, as a performance poet and street musician. He has won many poetry slams, including the London and UK Slam Championships. He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. He lives in London, grew up in the USA, was born in Berlin, and considers himself a citizen of the planet. He has been published in The Wooster Review, The Delinquent, The Human Rights Anthology, Huffington Post and Indigo. His book, Science, Love and Revolution, the text of poems from his critically acclaimed 2013 Edinburgh show, is published on Amazon.
Radikal Words grew out of the Poetry Vandals and has been organising spoken word events for over five years. Through its publishing arm, Zebra Publishing, it has brought to the page many of the country's top performance poets and spoken word artists. RW also works in the education sector helping young people express themselves through writing and performance. The aim of the RW shows at Northern Stage is to bring to the North East the very best of the spoken word scene and also to highlight the best and brightest of our amazing local performers.
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.
We work in partnership with creative individuals and organisations across the country to produce high quality artistic experiences - including work with, for and by young people - that raise the profile of spoken word and push the boundaries of the artform, artists and audiences. We offer professional development for artists including advice, training and performance opportunities at a local, national and international level, with a particular focus on nurturing emerging talent and championing marginalised and disenfranchised voices.
Apples and Snakes was set up in 1982 by a group of poets in order to establish more performance poetry events. Over the last three decades, Apples and Snakes has been the development ground for many high profile poets and artists, inspired countless young people and taken performance poetry to new places.