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From Homer to Hip Hop

June 19 @ 7:30 pm


Say Owt and York Literature Festival are joining together to present a performance lecture from author and poet, Pete Bearder. As we enter the post-COVID comeback, meet the artistic revivals that have remade the world from the bottom up. Find out why wordsmiths have always been vilified, feared and revered, from the ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop. The spoken word has always been the most immediate tool of cultural revival. This show brings a proud history to life, and asks what we can do with it next. Former National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete “the Temp” Bearder, brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Pete is an award-winning spoken word poet, author and comic. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight. This show follows the release of his ground-breaking new book Stage Invasion: Poetry & the Spoken Word Renaissance.



York Literature Festival


The Crescent Community Venue
8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW + Google Map