World champion poet performs at Woldingham

World champion poet performs at Woldingham

2 March 2020

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.