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Matt Harvey

Writer, poet and enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting
Matt Harvey

Poet and lyricist Matt Harvey has been a familiar voice on Radio 4 since 2001 when he co-wrote and co-starred in One Night Stanza. He served seven years as regular poet on Saturday Live, hosted two series of The Wondermentalist Cabaret, presented various documentaries and wrote and performed the adventures of superhero Empath Man. He is the author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts, Where Earwigs Dare and Mindless Body Spineless Mind and two picture books for children, Shopping With Dad and Beastie and the Boys.

Matt was first official Poet in Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” the New Yorker) and has been commissioned by – among others – the Science Museum, the Open University and the Energy Ombudsman. For three years he wrote the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian. With composer Stephen Deazley he collaborated on children’s song cycles A Little Book of Monsters and The Songbook of Unsingable Songs and with Thomas Hewitt Jones he wrote The Same Flame and the hit musical Rumpelstiltskin. His most recent book is The Element in the Room – energy-inspired poems written while Poet-in-Residence with RegenSW. He is currently working with Thomas on Transition Town: The Musical, aka Something Wonderful in my Back Yard.