A people’s history of spoken word & poetry


A people’s history of spoken word & poetry


The Crescent

8, The Crescent, York, Yo24 1AW



19th June 2022

Established in 2014, Say Owt are York’s loveable gang of performance poets. They host high-energy nights of words and verse.

Say Owt and York Literature Festival are joining together to present a performance lecture from author and poet, Pete Bearder.

Part gig, part TedTalk, part party!

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.

Support comes from Henry Raby, Say Owt’s token punk poet who has appeared at festivals across the UK and BBC Radio York. Althea Thall will be bringing her story-telling energy. And finally Jonny Crawshaw will be DJing a hip-hop set afterwards.