Jay was commissioned to produce a short series of poetical podcast episodes for Apples and Snakes, “England’s leading organisation for spoken word”.
The series, entitled “Assembly”, celebrated 100 years since the first women in the UK were able to vote, through a collection of recorded poetry by a collection of poets from across the North.
“Imprisoned and force fed for wanting the vote. Listen to Apples and Snakes: Assembly on the first wave of women’s suffrage featuring Stockton based women’s writing group the TWP and Apples and Snakes’ producer in the North Kirsten Luckins. Edited by Jay Sykes.”
“There is an extraordinary quality to this recording, which weaves intriguingly together the voices with such skill! At first I was surprised, then almost annoyed, but finally glad to be challenged to catch everything. This creativity in the programme mirrors that in the poems.
“The repetition of phrases and themes, sometimes in the background, sometimes up front, is like music. Each ‘instrument’ plays its part in carrying it all forward. I really think you are teaching/leading the listener into a new way of experiencing. For that many thanks, as well as congratulations!
“I’m left wanting to listen again and also wanting to experience the poems individually more closely. Thank you all again for producing such a fine ‘symphonic poem’!” – Francis
“Hear poetry inspired by the discovery of a suffragettes diary in the British Library. Apples and Snakes: Assembly celebrates the centenary of the first wave of women’s suffrage. This episode features Women of Words, a Hull based poetry collective and Apples and Snakes’ producer in the North Kirsten Luckins. Edited by Jay Sykes.”
“Wonderful!” – Vicky Morris
“Things weren’t perfect for women after 1918; women’s football was banned in 1921 and only legalised again in 1971?! Tune in to Apples and Snakes: Assembly celebrating the first wave of women’s suffrage. This episode features Verse Matters, a Sheffield based writing collective and Apples and Snakes’ producer in the North Kirsten Luckins. Edited by Jay Sykes.”