Crystal Palace Park

Spoken Word Tent

Apples and Snakes and Bookseller Crow present the Spoken Word Tent

Join some of the most acclaimed poets and MCs in London for a day of high-energy talent and impressive wordplay. Headlined by Polarbear with appearances from the likes of Travis Alabanza, Sophia Thakur, Jammz, C Cane and more.

Literary panels and interviews presented by the Bookseller Crow’s resident event programmer Karen Mcleod allow you to discover the inspirations and insights into the process of writing and rhythm of these writers’ works.

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Schedule of events

Host: Kenny Baraka

DJ: Conrad Kira

11:15 – 12:00 Pull Up with Delson Weekes and BLINK Theatre

BLINK Theatre dancers perform Pull Up, choreographed and directed by Delson Weekes, a learning disabled musician. The show is performed to music from Delson’s an album created with Mat Hawkins aka Bulblet.

12:10 – 13:00 Bookseller Crow presents Parks, Brutalism and the Green Belt

John Grindrod, the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain will be chatting with the fascinating historian Travis Elborough, one of whose many titles include A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution.

13:00 – 13:30 Apples and Snakes presents

Yomi Sode, Ollie O’Neil, Sophia Thakur and Omar Bynon

13:30 – 14:30 Bookseller Crow presents Crime Writers Panel

Three top London based crime writers, Anna Mazzola, Stav Sherez and Stella Duffy, discuss writing crime fiction and read from their latest works.

14:30 – 15:00 Apples and Snakes presents

Travis Alabanza, Shagufta Iqbal and Adam Kammerling

15:00 – 15:30 Owen Lowery

The subject of Owen’s current work is transition and transformation, and this subject is being explored from both a personal, and a wider viewpoint. This subject is of great personal relevance since, at the age of 18, he suffered a spinal injury in 1987, and became paralysed from the shoulders down, and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He is looking at the subject of transitions in the natural world, and in human terms, including in relation to migration, disability, and social change.

15:30 – 16:30 Bookseller Crow presents Diana Evans

The Orange Award prize-winner Diana Evans will be in conversation with fellow novelist Karen McLeod about using Crystal Palace as an inspiration for fiction writing. Diana’s new novel Ordinary People is partly set in SE19 against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory.

16:30 – 17:30 Apples and Snakes presents: The Writing Room 

Led by Zena Edwards and Joe Duggan, the cohort from Apple and Snakes’ The Writing Room programme for young people aged 18–25 will be performing their own works.

17:30 – 18:45 Polarbear 

Mouthy, offbeat and energetic, Polarbear’s got a razor-sharp memory for detail and a lot of the power of the stories he tells come from his vivid descriptions of how life physically feels as he experiences it. His stories can be hilarious, gut-wrenching, lovely and physically gross, and sometimes all of the above at once.

18:45 – 19:45 Apples and Snakes presents: The Inventing Room

C Cane, Eklipse, Jammz, Debris Stevenson and Bridget Minamore.


Spoken Word Tent

Crystal Palace Park
SE19 2GA

Spoken Word Tent

Crystal Palace Park
SE19 2GA