Episode 15: Pete Bearder – Stage Invasion

On this episode poet and musician Pete Bearder talks about documenting the spoken word scene that he’s been part of for decades in his book Stage Invasion published by Outspoken Press. It has been described by Ian McMillan as “a manifesto, party invitation, learned tome, history of ideas and soundtrack for exciting and scary times”. Pete talks about his life as a spoken word artist and what he has learnt about the scene through documenting it.

He also challenges listeners to write a neologism poem – that is poetry using made up words. He shares a piece of his own and Patrick takes up the challenge by translating one of his poems into made up language.

As always do share your own neologism poems on social media using #poetrynonstop or by email.

You can find out more about Pete here and buy the book here.

Pete Bearder – Don't Watch the News – Be the News

This week musician and performance poet Pete Bearder joins me on the podcast to discuss his book on spoken word and performance poetry Stage Invasion.

Described by Ian McMillan as “a manifesto, party invitation, learned tome, history of ideas and soundtrack for exciting and scary times” and “the book we’ve all been waiting for”, Stage Invasion draws on academic scholarship, interviews with key figures in UK spoken word, and Bearder’s own decades of experience, to take us on a tour of our long ‘oral tradition’ from Homer to hip hop and the global poetic movements that have shaped history, exploring the artistry and unexpected science at work in the communal dynamics of live literature, and examining the role performance poetry can play in politics and protest.

You can order the book here.