The Writing Room Showcase | Free Word

14 January 2020
18:30 - 20:15

Presented by:
Apples and Snakes


An opportunity to listen to the voices of a group of amazing young poets

Led this year by poet and powerhouse Jacob Sam-La Rose, The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ foremost skills development programme for young, developing poets.

Over the course of six workshops, participants have honed their craft under his skilled guidance. This is their showcase, a chance for them to share their work. It’s an opportunity for you to listen to the voices of a group of amazing young poets. Featuring Kathryn Blair, Kirsten Brown, Rachel Cleverly, Timotei Cobeanu, Rianna Davis, Persephone Deacon, George Duggan, Oli Isaac, Christy Ku, Sarah Lasoye, Rachel Lewis, Laurie Ogden, Maya Owen, Kira Pearse, Lauren Ranson, Kajol Runwal, Mayura Uthayakumaran, Elliot Waloschek and Elspeth Wilson.


With thanks to the Team London Bridge and City of London and to guest tutors Bohdan Piasecki and Paula Varjack.

14 January 2020
18:30 - 20:15

Apples and Snakes


Jacob Sam-La Rose

Poet, Facilitator and Mentor

Jacob Sam-La Rose is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets. He leads workshops in schools, arts centres. cultural venues and community settings. He has developed creative writing and performance programmes for all ages, ranging from first experiences with poetry or work with reluctant writers through to professional and artistic development projects for more established poets, writers and other educators. His poems and essays have been featured in Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets, Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, Penguin's Poems for Love, In Their Own Words and many more. His debut pamphlet, Communion (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. His second collection, Breaking Silence (2012) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award) and the Aldeburgh Fenton Award. Breaking Silence is now a set text for an English Language and Literature A Level.



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