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Apples and Snakes presents a brilliant line-up in the return of our ‘pecha kucha’ cabaret, where poetry, performance, lecture and projections combine to dazzle and delight.

As ever, we feature performers who represent women’s poetry collectives across the North, plus a very special guest from further afield, all bringing their unique perspective on our theme of ‘Maidens’.

From Teesside, Sarah Crutwell takes humourous swipe at some of the bizarre aspects of being a Modern Day Maiden in the current climate of sexting, ghosting and the rise of the dick pic.

From Hull, Tracey Scott-Townsend explores what it might mean for a woman to renew and recycle her sense of maidenhood throughout her life, repeatedly setting herself in motion.

From Newcastle, Charley Reay peeps through the eyes of four mythical maidens to tell us of narrow escapes, forced marriages, and encounters with magical Water Horses.

From Sheffield, Sez Thomasin plays the world’s worst Sex Ed teacher as this explanation of sexuality, gender and consent gets more and more off-script! Hint – a ‘maiden’ isn’t ‘a girl who milks cows’…

Our special guest, slam sensation Megan Beech, brings her trademark explorations of vulnerability and twenty-first-century feminism, as seen in her critically acclaimed collections When I Grow Up I Want To Be Mary Beard and You Sad Feminist.

Poetry books will be available to buy on the night.