You may not think ‘maths graduate’ and ‘poet’ is a natural combination, but there you’d be wrong; Harry Baker - poetry slam champion, rap battler and TED talker - is proof of that!
Harry’s been rhyming since a kid but moved on to rapping in secondary school, before discovering how liberating it is to perform without having to fit in with music. From then on he found a love for poetry and the spoken word, was hugely inspired by Kate Tempest and spent his gap year playing open mics and various festival gigs – no passing the summer before uni working in McDonald’s here.
Just back from a three month tour of New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, China and Thailand (dubbed his #Haztralasia tour) and having published his first collection of poetry, The Sunshine Kid, Harry’s been a busy bee - which is actually the subject of one of his (fairly random) poems, The Scientist and the Bumble Bee. Following what was a fantastic show last year, Harry’s returning to Norwich Cathedral again, this time with his good friend Chris Read to perform the show he’ll be taking to the Edinburgh Festival – a sneak preview of what’s to come! It’s all part of their 'Harry and Chris: The Road to Edinburgh' tour, and we’re very lucky to once again enjoy Baker’s high-energy style right here in our wonderful UNESCO city of literature.
If you haven’t already checked out Harry’s Youtube channel and his hugely-popular TED talk, you don’t know what you’re missing! Prepare yourselves for random and witty poetry blended with fun, unique humour – all in the wonderful surroundings of the Hostry’s Weston Room, complete with a pop-up bar; why not enjoy a drink in the magnificent Cloisters before the show?
After all, who else could make a poem about prime numbers so fun?