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Hit the Ode (October 2018)

  • The Hippodrome Hurst Street Birmingham, England United Kingdom (map)

Every month Apples and Snakes flagship Midlands event, Hit the Ode, brings one regional, one national and one international poet to the Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Studio. Join us for a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class poets to the heart of Birmingham. This month we're part of Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Shimmy on down. We have poems shaking every table. Poems to make you dirty cackle all evening. Poems that Milly rock on the 2 & 4. Poems warmer than the coat you just lugged out of the closet. Good poems. Come and get them!

This month our features are:

From Birmingham, Joe Cook
Joe Cook a.k.a Cookie is a spoken word artist and musician from Birmingham UK. 
Joe delivers social commentary in lyrical rhythmic style. Joe has gigged heavily across the UK in venues such as The South Bank Centre, The REP, Birmingham Town Hall, Rainbow Warehouse, Midlands Arts Centre and worked alongside Apples & Snakes, Burn After Reading and Mouthy Poets. 
Joe was part of BBC 1XTRA Words First series and has released a video for BBC Arts entitled ‘How To Be A Poet With Dyslexia’. Most recently Joe opened for Holly McNish at Birmingham Town Hall as part of Birmingham Literature Festival.


From London, Michelle Tiwo 
Michelle is an actor, poet, poet educator and co-founder of Sistren podcast. She’s run poetry workshops in schools and colleges that incorporate drama and game exercises to aide in performing and storytelling for over five years now. Michelle’s work reflects the effects of being a first-gen British-born queer woman, from Nigeria & Togo via South East London. 

Previous commissioned work has included: BFI x GALDEM, Eastside Education x Armed Forces Service Children, Goldsmiths University, The Royal College of Art, National Youth Theatre, Lemonade Money Productions, Channel 4 Random Acts, Barbican Centre.

From London via New York via London, Usaama Minhas
Usaama Minhas is a poet, rapper and actor. Usaama started writing in his teens and later spent a year in New York on an actor training conservatory for Theatre, Film and TV. While in New York, he began performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On returning to the UK, Usaama moved to London to pursue a career in Hip Hop. In 2013, he released the Hand in Hand EP, a self-produced album combining Rap music and Spoken Word poetry.He was long-listed for the Outspoken Prize For Poetry in 2017 and 2018. 

Usaama is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Hackney Slam Champion and the 2018 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion. He recently released the Forgot About Rap mixtape and is currently completing his first book of poetry.

Open mic slots are ONLY available on the door and will be chosen at random so get down early to grab a slot.
Hosted by the incredible Bohdan Piasecki.