Ben Mellor is the BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion 2009, winner of the Diké Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008, and a founder member of the acclaimed spoken word/hip hop theatre collective Pen-ultimate. He also performs spoken word and beatboxes in the band Geddes Loom, alongside singer/songwriter and cellist Léonie Higgins and guitarist and sound designer Dan Steele.
Anthropoetry [an"thro-po'ê-tre] n. A poetic, occasionally humorous journey around the human anatomy, attempting to get the measure of modern life.
Adapted from his hit show.
"An award-winning poet of politial perspicaity and no little wit." - Bookslam, London's Literary Nightclub
"Simply one of the UK's most charismatic spoken word artists." - Phrased & Confused
"A talent and attitude that makes him one of the most intriguing spoken word artists out there." **** The Flaneur
"Elegantly crafted rhymes... always engaging." **** The Scotsman
"Like Jack Whitehall's older, less annoying brother... A fine body of verse." **** Broadway Baby
"Slick poetry... a particularly impressive political and lyrical bent." **** Sabotage Reviews
Cover art by KrikSix.
The debut collection from the BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion is laced and graced with the energy and ethics he brings to the stage, and includes many of the award winning poems which have propelled him to prominence.
Includes a Foreword by Gerry Potter.
Paperback also includes Ben's 10 track CD (also available to purchase separately).
"A pure undiluted talent. Concentrated." - Lemn Sissay MBE, poet
"Ben has presence and poise combined with linguistic and intellectual agility." - Patrick Neate, author & Whitbread Prize winner
"Poetry with soul. Ben Mellor knows What's Goin' On." - Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, poet
Ben performing 'Faster Than a Speeding Poem' at The Big Chill.
Cover art by KrikSix.
Ben's debut CD features 10 poems from Light Made Solid: Poetry Begins..., On Paper, Faster Than A Speeding Poem, Little Red Riding Hoody, Love Drug, For The English To See, Hiroshima My Love, S&M, Conshuss & Television Will Not Be Revolutionised.
Available free with the paperback but also to purchase separately.
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