POETRY & THE SPOKEN WORD RENAISSANCE
Pete (the Temp) Bearder is a loop station artist, comic and spoken word poet whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, World Service and Newsnight. He is a former UK National Poetry Slam Champion, has toured Europe and performed at over 30 festivals.
Pete’s current tour launches his ground breaking new book exploring the unwritten history, science and skill of spoken word and answers some strangely under-explored questions: What is the history of performance poetry in the UK? How does emotional contagion happen in live literature? What has spoken word got to do with hypnotism and ecstatic states? This crucial and highly accessible book explores a thriving ecology of artistry, and how it can serve us for cultural, social and political renewal.
‘Here is a manifesto, party invitation, learned tome, history of ideas and soundtrack for exciting & scary times. Enjoy!’
IAN MCMILLAN, BBC RADIO 3