World champion poet performs at Woldingham

World champion poet performs at Woldingham

Ms Amanda Owens, Librarian

We were very fortunate to have performance poet Harry Baker in school on Wednesday 26 February. A UK and World Poetry Slam Champion, who travels globally to perform, he spent the day with students from Years 7, 8 and 11 performing his poetry and talking about his career as a poet. Harry can find both humour and emotion in the unlikeliest of subjects and the girls loved listening to poems with titles as diverse as ‘Dinosaur Love’ and the German-inspired ‘Falafellöffel’, the latter involving amazing alliteration and fun audience participation. Harry gave an open performance in the Live Lounge at lunchtime with a repertoire including ‘A-Z’, ‘I am a Man’ and ‘Paper People’. His performances left a great impression and I’m sure gave the students inspiration for their own creative writing.

Head Girl, and fellow prize-winning poet, Sarah recorded an interview with Harry during his visit in which they talked about poetry and maths, working solo or as a duo, and responding to criticism. Click here to listen to the podcast.

To watch an excerpt from Harry’s lunchtime performance - a poem inspired by both Ed Sheeran and Angel Delight, Harry’s favourite dessert when a child - click here.