Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word @ John Peel Centre

With support from SoapBox Poets

Former National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete “the Temp” Bearder, brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Find out why wordsmiths always been vilified, feared and revered, from the ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop. 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.

‘this is the book we have all been waiting for’
(Ian McMillan)

‘A charming wild rumpus of a ride – part lecture, part performance and utterly engaging.’
(Tongue Fu)


Doors open 7.30pm.

Book online (£7 Early Bird (before 30th Sept) then £10 from 1st October)

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.


Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Attila the Stockbroker
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Attila the Stockbroker @ John Peel Centre

Support from Cherry B

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER launches ‘Heart on my Sleeve’, his new Collected Works …

Exploding into public consciousness in the early 1980s via two John Peel sessions and a Melody Maker front cover, poet, musician, journalist and political activist, Attila The Stockbroker, has spent forty years touring the world performing his unique brand of spoken word, poetry and music. Having played almost four thousand gigs in twenty four countries, releasing countless books and records along the way, Attila’s Collected Works has just been published by Cherry Red Books, the book arm of the celebrated independent record label which released his early 80s albums and his 2015 autobiography ‘Arguments Yard.’

‘Heart On My Sleeve’ brings together Attila’s collected poems and lyrics, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of his first appearance and a lifetime doing what he loves. All his early political punk poetry classics are here, the likes of ‘A Bang And A Wimpy’, ‘Russians In The DHSS’ and ‘Contributory Negligence’, alongside more recent favourites such as ‘Asylum-Seeking Daleks’, ‘Poison Pensioner’ and ‘The Bible According to Rupert Murdoch’.

This collection is testimony to Attila’s broadening work over the years, packed full of intensely personal pieces alongside political satire and humour. ‘Never Too Late’, explores his reconciliation with his stepfather after thirty-seven years (as featured on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ and Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show), whilst listeners to Radio 4’s’Poetry Please’ may recall ‘The Long Goodbye’, the epic, fourteen minute poem to Attila’s mother as she battled Alzheimer’s Disease, which was twice broadcast on the show. Recent poems written during the first lockdown are included too. Featuring over a hundred and eighty works hand-picked by Attila himself, ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ is a must-read compendium of social commentary, human observation and humour, all of it written with a passion and enthusiasm which only seems to grow as Attila passes through the years. 336 pages, illustrated by long-time collaborators Phill ‘Porky the Poet’ Jupitus, Womble, Dan Woods and Nick Staples.

A legend of the international spoken word circuit, a long established Glastonbury regular, much loved at Brighton And Hove Albion Football Club, co organiser of Glastonwick popular beer and music festival, Attila The Stockbroker remains as focussed and active as ever, and continues to perform to audiences across the world, including a run of successful recent online lockdown shows. His message remains a simple one: you don’t need to be ‘a celebrity’ to lead a life earning your living doing what you love to do. You just need a way with words, the self-confidence and organisational ability of Napoleon and skin thicker than the armour of a Chieftain tank.

‘Heart On My Sleeve’ will be available at the gig along with Attila’s earlier works.   If you want a copy before then you can get one direct from Attila at or in any self-respecting bookshop.


Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.