The Antipoet

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A monthly Spoken Word open mic event hosted at the Tea Box let me discover the amazingly talented, hilarious, and eccentric duo The Antipoet last month, and I felt like they were a great fit for my guest spot page. Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman make up The Antipoet, their appearance shouts rock band, but what we have is something altogether different. One playing the double bass and the other belting out some unruly and witty rhymes, results in a completely electrifying performance.

The Antipoet have toured extensively, and have several studio albums, which you should all definitely check out. Their poetry discusses serious things in a comedic way, and their overall stage presence is truly animating.

Check them out at Glastonbury this year:

You can download their albums, and have a look on their website for more info. They’re also performing tonight at the Trestle Arts Base, St Albans at 10.00pm, and have a few more gigs coming up.  If you have an opportunity to see them live then I encourage you to do so. 

The next spoken word open mic night at the Tea Box is Friday 9th Oct.

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The Sunshine Kid- Harry Baker

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This book was recently gifted to me as a belated birthday present. I read it while travelling back to London after having visited my home Country Northern Ireland.

I absolutely LOVED this book.

Harry Baker is an absolute genius, and his brother is also pretty awesome too with the overall design of this book.

I loved the layout, the illustrations, the poems, the way the book was structured…honestly there probably wasn’t anything I didn’t like.

Poems that stood out to me were 99 Problems, Dinosaur Love, and 59.

There’s humour, poignancy, and honesty in Baker’s poems. You can relate to them and laugh at them. They are sweet, but hilarious. He’s also excellent at performing his work too. I read the entire book in one sitting, and I’m sure I will read and re-read Baker’s poems again.

Check out Harry Baker performing below:

http://www.harrybaker.co

@harrybakerpoet

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