london fashion week now in soho - harry sounding very london in this poem!
harry graduated in july. so technically august is his first month making a life as a poet and it's all going rather well! admittedly he has been performing all over the place for the last few years while studying but you get the drift. he is up at edinburgh festival with his show the sunshine kid in the free fringe. this has been full very day so far and received some good reviews - see tvbomb and broadway baby for example. i loved this quote from the tv bomb review:
Underneath the veneer there is a melancholic yearning that often seeps through, a deep awareness of the intrinsic ache of the human condition. With this in mind, the poems develop into an argument for a positive outlook, for self-belief and for finding meaning somewhere within ourselves. This is a performance that will make you laugh and make you think; art at its transformative best.
as well as doing that he seems to have got himself invited into other events/shows to perform every day which is fun and how you get the word out about your show. this included an invite to perform on simon mayo's radio 2 show - a one minute poem reflecting the contents of the show. this went so well that he was invited back for the week. those shows are up on inlayer for mon, tues, weds, thurs of this week and no doubt the bbc web site as well (it's the first time i've listened to radio 2 for a while being more of a 6 music fan myself…).
i'm heading up to edinburgh on saturday to see the show and hang out and cheer him on which i'm looking forward to. the month will end up with him performing at greenbelt festival. today there is a big feature on him in the church times which is a rather lovely piece.
also this month (probably week) his TED talk will hit one million views by the looks of it - which is pretty amazing.
i can't imagine every month going quite so swimmingly but not a bad start!!! i'm thinking i probably should get a t-shirt saying 'harry baker's dad'. if you are in edinburgh saturday come to harry's show - see you there - though get there early by all accounts.
harry ran the london marathon today in 4:08 or thereabouts which considering he had a contraption to carry and had done less than ideal amount of training was absolutely amazing! he was raising support for the amos trust and also awareness. he carried a homemade sail with free palestine written on it. the height of it with his height was about the height of the berlin wall. the israel/palestine separation wall is higher but walls will come down eventually! for obvious reasons harry was easy to spot! there's a few photos here
harry has another TED talk up - this time he was invited to take part in [email protected] in london. on the power of self acceptance (and a little more wholesome than the don't flop battle!). i particularly like the line in 22 about the bankers being the robbers in a room presumably with a lot of people working in finance...
jenny has written a very moving reflection on grief a year on from her dad's death - there is no path. she has stumbled across a beautiful poem caled gabriel by edward hirsch which has helped name something.
I did not know that the work of mourning
Is like carrying a bag of cement
Up a mountain at night...
...Look closely and you will see
Almost everyone carrying bags
Of cement on their shoulders
harry is doing a series of ten videos on his observations of german culture and its nuances and differences with english. first up is a hilarious poem about felafels which moves between english and german in harry's usual word play trickery...
amazing to see he was name checked in this article in yesterday's guardian as a spoken word artist kanye west might aspire to be like!
congratulations joel and kat!
saturday was so fantastic - it's hard to put into words just how amazing it is seeing your own child get married - my heart was ready to burst with joy and pride and love, and indeed i shed a lot of tears in an emotional day.
a few photos are appearing on facebook. i resisted the temptation to take photos and am really looking forward to seeing the ones from the photographer in a while but really loved this photo from my niece georgie...
well today i am heading in to cms in oxford post a wonderful summer in england and post greenbelt... before i do i wanted to remind myself as much as anyone of the view of putsborough beach in north devon where we stayed this summer. i have added a few holiday snaps here.
being married to jen rather than just chilling out on holiday there's always some exercise to be done! so before we got to north devon we cycled the coast to coast from plymouth to ilfracombe - by the time we had added in various other bits and pieces we did over 150 miles. if jen says to you that the ride is along a disused railway - i.e. nice and flat - don't believe her - that's the bits between the hills! she has added a photo set here. it's a lovely route.
jen and i got to compare notes on our jet setting this evening. this doesn't happen often (if ever) but while i have been in s korea she was running a marathon in bethlehem organised by amos trust! it sounds like it was a wonderful experience and challenging (both in terms of the running and seeing the situation in palestine/israel). she took loads of photos which are here in a set on flickr.
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