Bread Poetry

Initiated by Luke Jerram, Bread Poetry is a collaboration between the artist, poets from around the UK and Hobbs House Bakery.

Each Saturday, a different poem will be baked onto at least 200 loaves of Wild White bread and sold to the public through five bakeries across the west country. 10 poets have been selected from an open call and the arts project will run for at least 10 weeks from January 18th – March 2020.

The poetry is being printed onto small sheets of edible rice paper and baked onto the underside of each white loaf. Each Saturday the ‘Poet of the Week’ is being celebrated and for the same price as their standard loaf, the public are able to read, share, contemplate and digest this unique artwork.

Bread Poetry combines Luke Jerram’s interest in giving people the opportunity for creative expression, and bringing people together – on this occasion, around the simple act of sharing bread and poetry.

Poet of the Week! (week 4)

Lizzy Lawrence is this week’s ‘Poet of the Week’ and here is her poem!

My poem is about the pressures of being able to provide and survive as a young, single mother. Although I have come through the other side now, my poem addresses the hard work it took to get there and the sacrifices a teacher makes at the expense of their own children and well-being. I wanted to highlight these issues and dispel myths about teenage mums and people on benefits. The title uses a metaphor for providing – as well as linking to the loaf of bread – it also symbolises a difficult time for me when I couldn’t afford food.

Poet of the Week! (week 3)

Cheryl Pearson is this week’s ‘Poet of the Week’ and here is her poem!

My first collection of poetry, “Oysterlight”, was published in 2017, and I am currently working on a short story collection rooted in traditional fairytales. I wrote my poem, ‘Blue Hour’, specifically for this project; I am interested in exploring different kinds of creativity, and am particularly fascinated by practical creativity such as baking and knitting. A lot of my poems are concerned with where we come from and what we pass on, not just genetically but practically – in this case, a recipe, a craft. The poem is thirteen lines long to represent the baker’s dozen.

Poet of the Week! (week 2) 

Karishma Sangtani is this week’s ‘Poet of the Week’ and here is her poem!

Karishma Sangtani is a poet based in London and Durham. She is currently in her final year of studying for a degree in English Literature from Durham University and wrote this poem whilst reflecting on her time there. She dedicates this poem to a specific group of women who have become some of her closest friends over the past three years. More specifically, this poem is inspired by the ritual of buying ingredients and cooking for these friends as a form of expressing her deep gratitude and love for them.

Poet of the Week! (week 1)

Spikey Tim from Bristol was our first Poet of the Week and here is his poem!

I’m Tim Vosper (stage name Spikey Tim) and I’m a Bristol based performance poet. I’ve been described as “anarchic and comedic” and “charismatic and energetic.” I perform for all ages, and have a particular passion for enthusing children about experiencing, creating and performing poetry.

I’m part of the “Echoes & Edges” music/ poetry collective, I run kid’s performance poetry workshops, and perform poems and stories at children’s parties.  My poetry covers topics such as my incredible trampoline, being heckled by a dog, and my failed attempts to ski.

Best of the Rest
With so many great poems submitted for this arts project, it did seem a shame not to share the best of those that didn’t quite make the final cut. Here are the Best of the Rest.

Press Coverage
BBC Radio Bristol Listen

Journey of the arts project
In November 2019, we held an open call for poetry for the project and had 237 submissions! Bristol’s Poet Laureate  Vanessa Kisuule, supported Luke Jerram Studio to curate and 10 select poems. With some amazing submissions from both amateur and professional poets from across the UK, shortlisting proved a difficult task. We are no longer in knead of poetry submissions for the project!

Starting 18th January the Bread Poetry is available from five bakeries every Saturday for 10 weeks. If you buy the bread, please share your photos and response to the project with #breadpoetry.