Bread Poetry

Bread Poetry is a collaboration between the artist Luke Jerram, 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. Poets will be selected from an open call and the arts project will run for at least 10 weeks and (January – 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.

Open call:

Luke Jerram and Hobbs House Bakery seek original submissions of poetry for inclusion in this art project. If selected, you will receive £200 as payment and your poem and be celebrated as poet of the week. Your poem will be baked onto 200 loaves of bread and distributed through Hobbs House’s five bakeries on one Saturday (you will be notified in advance of the date).

Bristol’s City Poet Vanessa Kisuule, will support Luke Jerram Studio and Hobbs House to curate and 10 select poems.

Please read the guidelines as a part of making your submission with this downloadable form. 

Please send your submission for Bread Poetry to by Monday 16 December.

If you have any questions not answered by the brief, please direct them to at