“Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” Metro
Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.
“His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” The List
Since 2006 he has written and performed eight one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. In 2015 his debut play (in which he also starred) What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won a prestigious Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Fringe, and also bagged Luke The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. In 2016 it was nominated for an Off Westend Award and won The Saboteur Award for Best Show. What I Learned From Johnny Bevan then completed a sold run at The Soho Theatre in Spring 2016, tours throughout 2016.
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” Johann Hari, The Independent
Luke’s debut collection – Mondeo Man – was published in 2013 by hip London imprint Penned in the Margins. George Szirtes said it was: “Not only verbally substantial, skilful and very funny but also complex in its feeling.” Ian McMillan described it as “an excellent book.”
“If any contemporary collection is going to convince the unbeliever that poetry can be a riot of cheek, giggles, boobs, tears and Facebook – while keeping its artistic integrity firmly intact – Mondeo Man is it.”☆☆☆☆☆ Huffington Post
Alongside his own shows, Luke is John Cooper Clarke’s support act. Luke’s work has proved a hit with Clarke’s fans, playing in front of up to 2,000 people a night at venues such as The London Palladium and The Palace Theatre in Manchester.
“He must be on some kind of dope.” John Cooper Clarke
His first book, Who Writes This Crap?, co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007. A live show based on the book enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh 2008. Joel and Luke have also written verse for an animated shorted directed by Jon Dunleavy, – Crash! Bang! Wallow!, the story of a suicidal stuntman, won the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
“Who Writes This Crap owes its superb strike-rate to the fatuity and vacuity of all the verbal junk it so accurately mimics. From fancy snack foods to corporate disclaimers, they leave no brand of modern toxic text unscorned.” The Independent
His poems are often on the radio, generally BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to the Sony Award-winning Saturday Live. He’s also got to review records on 6 Music. Theres a stack of poems, some better than others, on his podcast, which RSSes from his Soundcloud.
“Visceral, poignant and riotously funny” The Scotsman
Luke hosts and co-programmes all the poetry for The Latitude Poetry Arena, one of the biggest and most popular poetry events in Europe, with over 60 poets performing for 40 hours. He is also co-founder of poetry collective Aisle16. They used to make touring theatre shows, such as 2005′s Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year Poetry Boyband. He co-managed their scratch night HOMEWORK, which ran for 8 seasons at Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club. From 2009-2015 he was editor/manager of Nasty Little Press, publishing poets such as Martin Newell, John Osborne, Martin Figura, Salena Godden, Elvis McGonagall and Nic Aubury.
“Cool poems” Patti Smith
He lives in the unfashionable bit of Suffolk with his wife and two sons.
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