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Later at the Library Author Talk: From Homer to Hip Hop with Pete Bearder

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Homer to Hip Hop is a history of Spoken Word, told by mesmeric troubador, Pete 'The Temp' Bearder. Entertaining, educating and engrossing...

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Later at the Library Author Talks Series in partnership between Southampton Libraries and ArtfulScribe present: Homer to Hip Hop: a History of Spoken Word

From the oral tradition to the Edinburgh Fringe, from Virgil to Biggy Smalls, meet the poetic movements that have shaped history. Why have wordsmiths have always been vilified, feared and revered? This enthralling performance lecture follows the recent release of a ground-breaking new book Stage Invasion: Poetry & the Spoken Word Renaissance.

In this entertaining and performative talk, Pete shows how rappers and spoken word poets are connected to West Africa praise poets, medieval bards and even tribal shaman. Find out why poets have become iconic voices of their age and why they have so often been suppressed by the powers that be. Pete brings to life some of the most iconic moments in the history of performance poetry, from ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop.

The project is supported by Arts Council England.

‘This is the book we have all been waiting for as we live through an unprecedented growth in the popularity and vitality of the poetry that revitalises the air we breathe’

(Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3)

Pete (The Temp) Bearder is a spoken word poet, comic, and musician whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight. He is the former National Poetry Slam Champion and has performed around the world with organisations such as The British Council.

‘Poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas’

(Chortle)

‘Challenging, inspiring, terrifying, amusing’

(Ecologist Magazine)

‘I left feeling inspired and galvanised’

(The Metropolist)

www.petethetemp.co.uk @PeteTheTemp instagram.com/petethetemp

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