Pete (The Temp) Bearder
Spoken word poet, author and musician and former National Poetry Slam Champion
Pete (the Temp) Bearder is a spoken word poet, author and musician. He is one of Cape Farewell’s SIRENS, a programme with a unique take on the climate emergency and response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the films and poems he created during the residency.
His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service and Newsnight. He is a former National Poetry Slam Champion the and has performed around the world with organisations such as The British Council. In 2019 he released his latest book with Out-Spoken Press: Stage Invasion: Poetry, Renewal and the Spoken Word Renaissance.
Pete has served activism as a poet and musician, performing on themes of climate and social justice in protest encampments, occupations and even the innards of coal mines. In 2014 he toured a one-man multimedia stage show Pete the Temp vs Climate Change with the backing of Arts Council England. The show took stories of creative civil disobedience to theatres across the country. The show received the following reviews: ‘Poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas’ (Chortle), ‘Challenging, inspiring, terrifying, amusing’ (Ecologist Magazine), and ‘I left feeling inspired and galvanised’ (The Metropolist).
As an educator, Pete has taught as one of the first spoken word artists to be embedded full time in secondary schools through the Spoken Word Education Programme. The Programme was linked to the MA Writer/Teacher Programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London.