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 will be printed onto a small sheet of edible rice paper and baked onto the underside of each white loaf. Each Saturday the ‘Poet of the Week’ will be celebrated and for the same price as their standard loaf, the public will be 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.

First Poet of the Week! 

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


A Bid For Freedom

The honey’s dripping from my toast

Onto the kitchen floor

It’s running through the hallway

And it’s darting through the door

It’s sprinting to the airport

And jumping on a plane

My toast is dry. My money’s gone.

Last seen in Southern Spain.


About Spikey Tim

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.

Journey of the arts project. 

In November, 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.

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.

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