Novelist, performance poet, Lecturer at Bath Spa University
24 November 2004
In the first part of this meeting the speaker gave an account of the development of Performance Poetry, which has a number of different strands.
The early history of poetry is oral. In pre-literate societies, bards recited poems, usually narrative, and frequently accompanied with music, to live audiences. This oral tradition has never quite disappeared, though in recent centuries, mainstream poetry has mostly appeared in print.