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Phill Jupitus, Hannah Silva, Hollie McNish and the poetry of protest

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Thirty years after making his debut as Porky the Poet, Jupitus is still protesting. So whats new in political poetry?

A book festival session on protest poetry on Saturday took a nostalgic Phill Jupitus on a canter through a career that started in the early 1980s when he was a civil servant by day and fought Thatcher by night, like a kind of ideological Batman. Clutching an armful of period fanzines, he recited the first poem he ever performed as Porky the Poet: Theyve all Grown up in the Beano/ Dennis the Menace has got pubic hair/ Biffo is well into anarchy now/ Hes more of a punk than a bear

Some things change and some dont among them, Jupituss penchant for protest poetry compiled from found material

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