Playing With Words


A chance to see me performing my poetry live.

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Harry Baker - I am 10,000 - Edinburgh Fringe Show
to Aug 24

Harry Baker - I am 10,000 - Edinburgh Fringe Show

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school's Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one. 'Ferociously intelligent' **** (Scotsman). 'The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1).

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7:30 PM19:30

Beyond Brighton

  • St Lukes Prestonville 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN1 5DD (map)
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An evening of spoken word and poetry with the youngest ever Poetry World Slam Champion who has made numerous appearances to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has written a book of poems entitled The Sunshine Kid.

Harry is funny, inspiring, energetic and a great performer.
Described as spectacularly witty by Whatonstage and the greatest performer on earth by Radio 1's Scott Mills.
Ed Sheeran, Roger McGough and Jacqueline Wilson are numbered amongst Harry's fans.

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7:00 PM19:00

Harry And Chris at Blah's Big Weekend (Bristol)

Having played together for over 10 years, World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker teams up with jazz musician Chris Read for the imaginatively titled Harry and Chris. After sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a feature on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), they are excited to be returning to Bristol to delight audiences with their combination of comedy, jazz and rap.

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7:30 PM19:30

Harry Baker's Got Some New Poems Pt.2 (With Support From Tyrone Lewis)


Hooray! I've moved to the sea and been writing lots but the pieces often don't feel alive until I get to share them with strangers. After the success of Pt. 1, HB'SGSNP is back - Having shared all of my 'other' new poems, pt.2 will be specifically focussed on the year I spent in Germany and poems and stories reflecting on that time. (There may be one older falafel-based poem in the mix for context.)

As if that wasn't enough I've invited Tyrone Lewis along to come and share some of his poems too. Tyrone is one of the hardest working and most fantastic poets on the scene (currently on a UK tour!) and I rarely get to see him do a full set so I thought the easiest way to guarantee that I could was to invite him along myself!

There will also hopefully be a couple of poems from Oasis Young Poets and a cameo from a top secret special guest...

All this will be hosted in the wonderful Hub Coffee House that was my home from home while I lived in Elephant and Castle, and I'd love to see some of you there x

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7:30 PM19:30

Raise The Bar Bristol

19:00 doors 19:30 start

Tuesday June 5th 2018


Tickets: £10/12.50/15.00

Raise the Bar is a live event and online media platform bringing the country and world’s finest spoken word performers to Bristol, as well as a talent development platform for emerging artists in the South-West

This unmissable event, our biggest of the year, will be a celebration of poetry, rap and performance art, with a wide range of acapella spoken word performances at the fabulous Arnolfini theatre.

LOWKEY – One of the UK’s most celebrated and important rappers, lyricists and political activists, his music gaining over 30 million YouTube views. For years Lowkey has dedicated his writing to protesting for humanitarian causes through topics such as Palestine, illegal wars, political corruption, Grenfell tower, and many more, most notably through his timeless album Soundtrack to the Struggle.

JORDAN STEPHENS (AL, THE NATIVE) – One half of ‘Rizzle Kicks’ (three UK top 10 singles, Platinum selling album), rapper/singer, actor, TV star, prominent public figure particularly around social stigmas such as mental health and toxic masculinity.

LEYLA JOSEPHINE –UK national poetry slam champion, comedic Scottish poet and theatre maker with the ability to switch seamlessly to heartfelt emotive performance. Currently touring her show ‘Hopeless’ around the UK and Europe.

HARRY BAKER – World poetry slam champion, author of ‘The Sunshine Kid’, celebrated and viral TedX speaker, one half of ‘Harry and Chris’ who have toured the UK twice and appeared three times on the Russell Howard Hour this year.

MELANIE BRANTON – One of the South-West’s finest spoken word artists, multiple slam winner, hilarious performer and well-respected published poet, her most recent collection ‘My Cloth-Eared Heart’ was published by Oversteps.

Hosted by Craft-D


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9:15 PM21:15

Harry And Chris At Underbelly festival

Since their second sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and their first nationwide tour including 3 sold out dates at The Leicester Square theatre, stars of The Russell Howard Hour(Sky) Harry Baker and Chris Read, bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to the Underbelly Festival!

Making comedy-jazz-rap a thing, their songs range from panda repopulation to coming of age to Robot Wars, and they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever. 

'A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day.'

 The Sunday Post

'The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points of view.'

 Fringe Guru

'Blistering wordplay.'

 ThreeWeeks on Harry Baker

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