Raise the Bar ‘Spotlight’: Bath | Open Mic + Pete the Temp

23 October, 2017 @ 19:30 – 22:00 Europe/London Timezone
Komedia Bath

Raise the Bar Spoken Word are coming to Bath! And we’ll be here on the fourth Monday of every month.

And to kick things off we have the incredible PETE THE TEMP headlining on October 23rd!!

Our ’Spotlight’ events have an extended poetry open mic and champion and nurture local artists – and now, RTB are bringing this opportunity to Bath!

The event puts the Spotlight on Bath’s outstanding emerging talent pool, providing a relaxed and welcoming environment for newbies, veterans and anybody in between to perform their work in a safe space. It’s a perfect opportunity to perform to a warm and intimate audience at the lovely Komedia Arts Cafe in the centre of Bath, or to just sit back and watch some great poetry for a cheap price.

Tickets are just £3 and are available on the door only for this event. Please arrive promptly if you wish to sign up for the open mic on the door!

Doors: 7:30pm
Start: 8:00pm
Entry price: £3

ARTS CAFÉ: Rowed Seating. Arrive early for the best seats. Please contact us if you have specific access requirements.


Pete (the Temp) Bearder is a former UK National Poetry Slam Champion whose work has been featured on BBC national and international TV and radio. He has toured a one man show ‘Pete (the Temp) vs Climate Change’ and performed at over 20 UK festivals. In 2014 he toured with Slamboree, performing poetry – and stage diving into – audiences of over 3000 people. In 2015 he did a TED Talk in London about his work as a spoken word educator. He has toured Europe with the British Council and others. 2016 saw the release of his first book Numbered Boxes.


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 teaching full-time in an East London secondary school as part of a world-first pilot project, the Spoken Word Education Programme. 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 in 2015. Numbered Boxes channels the energy and wit of his stage performance, into a body of lyric, narrative and comically surreal poetry, crafted to deliver on the page.


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