Review: The Sunshine Kid | Harry Baker at Appledore Book Festival




When five random French strangers judge your poem as the winner in an international competition, you'd think there wasn't much more you could do in life after winning the so-called poetry world cup. But it quickly became clear that Harry Baker, writer of the best poem in the world, isn't taking his rhymes anywhere anytime soon.

I have to admit I don't spend every Friday night as a 17 year old giving my best shot at learning German tongue twisters and singing along to a dessert remix of Ed Sheeran's A Team but that seemed to be on Septembers agenda as Harry Baker slammed us with some poetry as part of his show The Sunshine Kid.

After playing numerous worldwide stages, including the UK's very own Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the comparison of performing to a such an intimately small crowd as part of the 10th year of the Appledore Book Festival must've seemed as easy as talking to the family round the table at Christmastime. Combining a love of maths (which I found ironic due to my old maths teacher coincidentally being among the other audience members), effortlessly clever wordplay and an ability to spit out words quicker than I can listen to them, Baker spent the night like a true raconteur sharing various stories from his life accompanied with a collection of his poems along the way.