The Senior School enjoyed a visit from performance poet Harry Baker

This term we were visited by performance poet Harry Baker, which was a great opportunity to experience poetry outside of the classroom and in spoken word form. As a UK Slam Poetry Champion, published author and regular at festivals across the country, we knew we were in for a treat! Harry was with us all day, performing to the Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils and performing and workshopping with the Sixth Form. Harry’s skill and catalogue of material was incredible – after four hours he had only repeated one poem twice and he had also managed to seriously impress the Year 9s with his ability to create a poem up on the spot using random words they gave him. This poetry day was also a great launchpad for the Gresham’s Poetry Recital Competition and all the pupils were able to pick up some valuable hints and tips from Harry on how to elevate their own poetry performances. If you’d like to know more about Harry’s work please do follow him @harrybakerpoet on Instagram.