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World famous performance poet coming to Preston

Posted on - 22nd February, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, University, What's On in Preston
Harry Baker

One of the world’s leading performance poets is coming to Preston

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Harry Baker will perform at The Ferret as part of his I Am 10,000 tour.

Mathematics expert Baker, who mixes his love of numbers with poetry, was the youngest-ever winner of the World Slam Poetry Competition in 2012.

He has since gone on to become one of the biggest names in performance poetry, with famous fans including DJ Scott Mills, novelist Jacqueline Wilson, rapper Scroobius Pip and singer Ed Sheeran.

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In addition to Preston, the I Am 10,000 tour takes in several major cities including Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, with many dates already sold out.

Performing at music venue The Ferret shouldn’t be a problem for Baker, who has done his fair share of rock ‘n’ roll gigs.

“Part of what I love about the poetry is that I can perform it in so many different places.

“I’ve done gigs in cathedrals, the back rooms of pubs, and in the middle of a field, and it’s always a different audience, whether it’s a group of relatively quiet Year 8 schoolchildren or a fairly rowdy festival audience.

“There’s always a feeling at the start, as to whether people are going to want to listen, then there’s the feeling of winning over the audience. That’s the immediacy, and the rush I get from doing live performances.”

Harry Baker speaking at TED@StateStreet salon, November 18, 2014, Troxy, London, England. Photo: Paul Sanders/TED

Baker follows Mike Garry and Louise Fazackerley by appearing at The Ferret’s Last Thursday of the Month performance slot.

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000 will take place on Thursday 27 February at The Ferret, Fylde Road. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from WeGotTickets.

Read more: What’s on in Preston

Will you be going to see the show? Let us know in the comments.

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