132 episodes

A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process.

Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.

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A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process.

Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.

    Ep. 132 - Salena Godden

    Ep. 132 - Salena Godden

    This week Repeat Beat Poet is in conversation with poet, author, broadcaster, activist, and longstanding rabble-rousing doyenne of UK poetry, Salena Goddena. The pair reflect on Salena's career in poetry and literature, the inspirations behind her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death, and have a good chat about the complications and joys of writing to and through an embodiment of Death; like how facing loss and grief can teach us how to live, love, survive, and fight for a better world. There's also chat about being a flaneuse, and writing while walking around mystical East London.

    We hear two readings from Salena -

    Pessimism Is For Lightweights - -0:35:19 (ISH)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW0CnTXUjfc&t=58s

    [excerpt from Mrs. Death Misses Death. The First Mourning of the First Morning - 0:11:25]

    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    For more from Salena:

    http://www.salenagodden.co.uk/

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    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com

    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/

    Also mentioned on the podcast -

    BBC Extra's Podcast Radio Hour (Poetry Podcast Special, 1/10/21)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00100hj

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 131 - Zena Edwards

    Ep. 131 - Zena Edwards

    Cece's Speakeasy (30th June-3rd July 2021) - https://applesandsnakes.org/project/ceces-speakeasy/

    This week The Repeat Beat Poet speaks to writer, performer, creative director, and tarot-reading multi-faceted artist and activist Zena Edwards. The pair talk about navigating corporate spaces while maintaining integrity, the importance of orality and sound within self-expression, and how indigenous African peoples and systems of knowledge have guided Zena's work. The two poets also give some shine to Apples & Snakes, the UK's longstanding leading poetry organisation, discuss their involvement in the immersive climate cabaret show, Cece's Speakeasy, and highlight the artistic innovations that come from cross-artform collaborations.

    We hear two performances from Zena -

    Brother's Keeper - - 0:19:00

    https://zenaedwards.bandcamp.com/track/brothers-keeper

    Wood and Strings - 0:45:30

    https://jazzrefreshed.bandcamp.com/track/wood-and-strings

    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    For more from Zena:

    verseindialog.com

    instagram.com/zena_e_poetics

    For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet

    https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet

    https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/

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    Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/

    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com

    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 130 - Sarah Callaghan

    Ep. 130 - Sarah Callaghan

    The terms hard-working and “jack of all trades” get thrown around a lot, but Sarah Callaghan really embodies the two. She’s been a comedian for over ten years with shows across the world from Australia to Austria, and she made the move into poetry when she used it as a tool to work through a difficult period of her life. Poetry was a space that allowed for what comedy didn’t; a space where messages didn’t necessarily have to be funny to be let out and to be seriously received by an audience. It gave her a space to speak more openly about mental health. We also discuss the importance of creative collaboration, share some performance stories, and the difficulties of navigating the trappings of social media. 

    “You’re never gonna achieve greatness in your comfort zone.” - 10:20-11:26



    Sarah reads two poems - 

    23:35 - Beginning

    33:21 - It's Not That Deep



    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    For more from Sarah: http://www.sarahcallaghan.com/ 

    https://linktr.ee/sarahcallaghan

    https://twitter.com/sarahecallaghan 

    http://instagram.com/scallaghan1



    For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet

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    For more from us: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com

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    Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/

    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com

    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/



    Also mentioned on the podcast -

    Imaginary Millions - Spending Our Fortune Vol.1 https://imaginarymillions.bandcamp.com/album/spending-our-fortune-volume-one 

    Watch Sarah Callaghan's comedy special, The Ballad Of Sarah Callaghan, on NextUp - https://nextupcomedy.com/sarahcallaghan/?fp_ref=ballad

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 129 - Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

    Ep. 129 - Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

    This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet , educator, and writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. The pair start by speaking about overcoming the fears of speaking your truth publicly, learning to trust readers and publishers outside of immediate live audiences, and Suhaiymah's journey discovering poetry. Next, we jump into the thick fogs of British colonialism, spend some time naming and shaming it and discussing the legacy of inequality it leaves in how histories are held and taught in our libraries, archives, and museums. Across an hour that felt like a minute, Suhaiymah also squeezes in some self-care tips, and gives another beautiful answer to the perennial ultimate question - why poetry?



    Suhaiymah reads three poems - 

    06:19 - Where Is My History?

    35:03 - A Virtue Of Disobedience 

    42:17 - Bacon, Bank Notes, Benjamins



    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    For more from Suhaiymah: https://www.suhaiymah.com/ 

    https://twitter.com/thebrownhijabi

    https://www.instagram.com/thebrownhijabi

    Buy Suhaiymah's debut collection Postcolonial Banter here, published by Verve Poetry Press - https://vervepoetrypress.com/product/suhaiymah-manzoor-khan-postcolonial-banter-pre-order-free-uk-pp-out-12-09-19/?v=79cba1185463 



    For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet

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    https://ko-fi.com/repeatbeatpoet



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    Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/



    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com 



    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/ 



    Also mentioned on the podcast - 

    Dan Hicks - The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745341767/the-brutish-museums/

    Ian Cobain - The History Thieves Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-History-Thieves-by-Ian-Cobain-author/9781846275838

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 128 - Bridget Hart

    Ep. 128 - Bridget Hart

    “A lot of the ethos that I learned from the punk scene – D.I.Y politics, inclusivity, that kind of thing – I brought with me into Burning Eye Books” - Bridget Hart

    This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to poet, editor, producer, publisher with Burning Eye Books, and Grease super-fan Bridget Hart. The pair start by discussing the ethos and success of Burning Eye as a leading independent poetry press in the UK, publishing spoken word artists, and Bridget shares a quick what-to-do (read the guidelines) and what-not-to-do (make transphobic jokes) when submitting. Bridget tells PJ about life as a poet in the DIY punk scene, touring in vans and playing house shows (ps - punks love Carly Rae Jepsen), and the value of emotional caretaking in the midst of the intensity of judging UniSlam - the UK's national university poetry slam & summit. Bridget also speaks about rediscovering a sense of freedom and joy in writing while working on their latest collection celebrating the campness, queerness, and playfulness we all know was the real star of the iconic teen classic Grease. (We don't speak about Grease 2 - who would?).

    Bridget reads one poem -

    41:12 - 1000 Bits Of Gum

    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    Bridget's Links - 

    http://bridgethart.wordpress.com

    http://forbooksake.net

    http://burningeye.co.uk/submit

    PJ's Links - https://linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet

    https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet

    https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/

    Read PJ's poem 'What Does Black Power Mean?' in the Black Anthology, Language, available to read via 1010 Press or your local independent bookshop or library:

    www.sofiaamina.com/1010pressbookshop 

    For more from Lunar: lunarpoetrypodcasts.com

    www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts

    www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod

    Buy the 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/

    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com

    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/

    Also mentioned on the podcast - 

    Neon, by Bethany Rose. Published by Burning Eye Books. https://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/neon-by-bethany-rose

    Chips & Beans Podcast w/ Bridget & Cassie Agbenhu - https://www.instagram.com/chipsandbeanspodcast/ 

    UniSlam - https://www.uni-slam.com/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 127 - Otis Mensah

    Ep. 127 - Otis Mensah

    This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to Hip Hop artist and former Sheffield Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah. They discuss how the concept of introspective documentarianism underpins Otis' work of building a personal identity and creative voice around artistic truth and vulnerability, through rap and poetry. There's also talk of surviving and decrying racial capitalism, and a breakdown of Otis' tenure as laureate.  

    Otis reads three poems - 

    17:12 - Contrary To The Intangible Grapevine
    35:25 - The Thinks
    1:00:00 - No Record Store Day



    Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

    For more from Otis: www.otismensah.com

    https://twitter.com/otismensah
    https://www.instagram.com/otismensah/

    For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet
    Repeat Beat Broadcast - https://www.mixcloud.com/ThreadsRadio/playlists/the-repeat-beat-broadcast/
    https://twitter.com/repeatbeatpoet
    https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/

    For more from us:
    lunarpoetrypodcasts.com
    www.facebook.com/LunarPoetryPodcasts/
    www.twitter.com/LunarPoetryPod

    Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/

    Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com 

    Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/ 



    Also mentioned on the podcast - 

    Rhyme & Reason (series of filmed conversations as part of Otis' Artist Residency with Sheffield University, ft. Awate, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, and Open Mike Eagle) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKKXT6kV3PhsxOlnBZLxAg4mTWAN4IHy4 

    Pen-Ting Poetry - www.instagram.com/pentingpoetry

    Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (2009)
    Warda Yassin, current Sheffield Poet Laureate.  
    Vanessa Kisuule's poem Hollow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3DKfaK50AU 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

PineGroveCharlie ,

Just love the podcast

Apologies as I am very late to the feast but wanted to say thank you to David, his wife and the poets contributing for such joyful experiences. I agree with others who have written that David is a great interviewer, obviously fully of humanity but also due to a willingness to share of himself. This willingness, for me, means that there is a greater depth to the discussions, so critical I feel, to any consideration of poetry and other literature. Thanks a million.

Islington Snapper ,

The perfect poetry podcast

My favourite poetry podcast - so many brilliant writers to choose from. David Turner is a highly accomplished interviewer and each guest has something special to share. Very highly recommended !

ArtsLover-uk ,

Amazing poetry 💜

Lunar always pushes the boundaries with exciting new poetry. Great podcast!

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