The long anticipated debut collection from Pete (the Temp) Bearder is almost here and he’s taking it on tour!


Numbered Boxes is a journey through the stanzas of school days, family, work addiction, heartbreak and back into school as a teacher. Much of the book was written while Pete was a full time spoken word educator, in a world first pilot project in a secondary school in East London. The book opens the lid on containers built by institutions and those harder to unpack, the ones built by ourselves. The final section of the book breaks free from the shadows of these confines and escapes into the debauchery of mid-summer, drawing on a body of work written while Pete was Glastonbury poet in residence, 2015. Numbered Boxes channels with energy and wit of his stage performance, into a body of lyric, narrative and comically surreal poetry, crafted to deliver on the page.Pete The Temp - photo - performance.jpg

Pete the Temp is a poet, an educator and a performer. His work has been featured on BBC national and international radio and TV and in 2009 he became the UK National Poetry Slam Champion. Pete has toured theatres across England with a one man show ‘Pete (the Temp) vs Climate Change’. In 2016 he did a TED talk in London about being one of the world’s first spoken word educators to be embedded in a secondary school in a full time placement. He later went on to trail the same work in a primary school. He has toured all over Europe with his art and now works as a poet and a street musician.

Pete is off on a national tour of poetry/ street music/ activism to promote Numbered Boxes. He’s looking for dates around the country from October onwards. If you’re a poetry promoter, venue or events manager get in touch!

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