Poet, lyricist and columnist Matt Harvey 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 regular poet on Saturday Live, hosted two series of The Wondermentalist Cabaret and wrote and performed the adventures of superhero Empath Man. He 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.
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.
For three years he wrote the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian, and currently writes a Qwerty Something column for Resurgence Magazine. He was nominated for a P.E.A. Award for The Element in the Room – energy-inspired poems written while Poet-in-Residence with RegenSW. His latest collection is Sit! a collaboration with artist and illustrator Claudia Schmid.