Matt Harvey


I want to go renewable so my streets are less canoeable: 5 poems of hope

Who knew renewable energy could inspire beautiful poetry? Like a ray of sunshine, Matt Harvey’s witty verse will brighten up your day – and you’ll never look at solar panels the same way again.

Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words has thrilled our TEDxExeter audiences in 2013, 2016 and 2017 (See all the performances below).

Matt’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to being the first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships, and has been commissioned by – among others – the Science Museum, Open University and the Energy Ombudsman.

He has been a familiar voice on Radio 4 since 2001 when he co-wrote and co-starred in One Night Stanza. He also served seven years as a regular poet on Saturday Live, hosted two series of The Wondermentalist Cabaret, and wrote and performed the adventures of superhero Empath Man.

Matt 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. 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. He is married, with one wife. They have two sons.

Biography 2013

Poems for driftwood lovers and corporate thieves – TEDxExeter 2016

Performance 1 TEDxExeter 2013

Performance 2 – TEDxExeter 2013

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