451 - City

Spoken Word at City - Presented by Apples and Snakes. Live Lit, Spoken Word, Performance Poetry.

15 October, 2018 - 26 November, 2018

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

In 2018 Apples and Snakes, England’s premier organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, turns 35. 451 City will build on that legacy, bringing the best local, national and international spoken word artists to Southampton, from stand-up poets to live literature to spoken word theatre.

Monday 30 April 7.45pm


Colin McGuire

Colin is a poet from Glasgow based in Edinburgh. He has published a chapbook and one full collection with Red Squirrel Press. He has just released with a further collection, ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Speculative Books. His work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including ‘Acumen’, ‘Gutter’ and ‘Punch’. Colin is a seasoned performer and creative writing teacher who has worked collaboratively with the Scottish Poetry Library.

In April 2018, Colin won both the Out:Spoken Award for Poetry-in-Film, with his animation collaboration The Glasgae Boys, and the Out:Spoken overall Prize for Poetry.


Jasmine Gardosi

Jasmine is a former Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Mix It Up Midlands and International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and at Glastonbury Festival.

She is a former BBC Arts Young Creative,  has produced short-form film content and has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is currently collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sexual health show combining dance and spoken word.

Jasmine was recently appointed as a Ledbury Poetry Festival board member, and also runs West Midlands Poets’ Place.

Her poems are due for video release on BBC Three and on Button Poetry.

Bryony Albery

Bryony is the 2017 Dreading Poetry Slam Champion but spends most of her time as homelessness support worker, preventing evictions and helping run a winter night shelter. When she’s not doing that, she’s often climbing. It’s a varied existence which lends itself to rich poetry about the work and stories she has been a part of. Her proudest moments to date include successfully chatting to Jon Snow live on Channel 4 News with only 2 hours notice, preventing 30 evictions in the last year and a half, and fitting an entire packet of hula hoops in her mouth. Last year she spoke at the Being the Story conference about the importance of sharing stories as a means of challenging injustice and stirring change.


Open mic (Spaces limited. Sign up on the door from 7pm)

Hosted by Ricky Tart

For further info email: [email protected]