World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker brings his second nationwide solo tour Unashamed to Manchester’s The Edge next week.
The new show is running for 31 dates, having launched in late September. The poet, mathematician, stand-up comedian and writer became the youngest ever World Poetry Slam Champion in 2012, leading him to perform all over the world including shows at Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival.
Harry Baker’s heart and humour has been watched by millions online and allowed him to perform all over the world, until suddenly he couldn’t. His knee-jerk reaction was to put out heartfelt poems about missing hugs and record a German pop music video in his local abandoned playground.
Now, from reviewing toilet seats online to writing falafel-based diss tracks for Chris Evans, he’s back on stage where he belongs with his most honest, playful, unashamedly Harry Baker-y show yet.
Harry says, “At its heart my work is all about connecting with people, whether it’s making them laugh, making them cry, or making them think ‘Hey I didn’t think I liked poetry but this is actually pretty good.’ While I tried to make the best of performing online during various lockdowns, there’s only so many clap emojis you can take on Instagram live before you realise it’s not quite the same. I am thrilled to be back doing what I love (poems) in the places I love with the people I love (your delightful readers who will come along after reading this). The show is a celebration of playfulness, the power of creativity to keep you going when your whole world falls apart, and how if we are brave enough to be vulnerable with one another we can build ourselves back to our best unashamed versions of ourselves.”
The tour co-incides with the release of his second collection of Poetry, Unashamed.
When does Harry Baker perform at Manchester’s The Edge?
Harry Baker performs at Manchester’s The Edge on 8 December 2022.