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Thank you to all who fed their words, wishes and ears to this piece.
Music from Dan Graves
Thursday, December 8 at 8 PM – 11 PM
——–Suggested donation £5———-
Really exited to be launching this book, supported by these two firestorm poets. The night will end with music and dancing, courtesy of yours truely…
Joelle Taylor is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) . She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain.
DAVID LEE MORGAN
has written novels, plays and musical theatre. He’s won a fair few performance poetry competitions, including, the London Slam Championship and the UK Slam Championship. He completed a PhD in creative writing and philosophy at Newcastle University. He’s a longstanding member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
“This poetry is activism with heart and the heart is the centre of this beautiful book” (Salena Godden)
“From lost loves buried in urban marshlands to the revolutionary force of Spring, Peter Bearder delivers some sharp, witty and honest observations. Plus a comprehensive list of absolutely everything that happened at Glastonbury 2015.” (Mark Gwynn Jones)
“There is such a hard-won elegance to Bearder’s poetry. In the depths of unrequited affection, of the ennui of a nondescript day, he finds a way of bringing experience to new life through linguistic innovation, finding the joy in the everyday, the lyrical beauty in a shared joint, a turning away from status updates and a folded, private life of the mind. He looks outwards, defiantly and assuredly. Line by line, poem by poem, it delivers.” (Luke Kennard)
Numbered Boxes is a journey through the stanzas of school days, family, work addiction, heartbreak and back into school as a teacher. Much of the book was written while Pete was a full time spoken word educator, in a world first pilot project in a secondary school in East London. The book opens the lid on containers built by institutions and those harder to unpack, the ones built by ourselves. The final section of the book breaks free from the shadows of these confines and escapes into the debauchery of mid-summer, drawing on a body of work written while Pete was Glastonbury poet in residence, 2015. Numbered Boxes channels with energy and wit of his stage performance, into a body of lyric, narrative and comically surreal poetry, crafted to deliver on the page.
Dear Mr / Mrs Englishy Peoples,
Im moving from Berlin to Bristol this for the Autumn / Winter. Things have gone seriously wrong in England since I left. There is much to do. I am putting together a national tour of Poetry / Street-Music / Activism with my new book and this – party on a trolley. This is clearly going to sort everything out. The current title is as succinct as Im willing to be. Id like to hear from YOU if you…
a/ Want a hug.
b/ Want to be part of this tour in some way, or have ideas for it.
c/ Can help couch / shower me as I travel around.
d/ Know somewhere to live in Bristol.
e/ Are happy and you know it, and you want to clap your hands.