Author Archives : lukewrightpoet

The Usher


I found this lurking in a disused folder on my laptop. I wrote it during the 2015 Labour leadership campaign for the Homework event at The Edinburgh Book Festival. The Usher I’m early. Bus gets in just after five. But once I’ve walked, it’s only half an hour. I used to love to get a bit of time just on…

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Once You Clear The Bodies


Once You Clear The Bodies “There’s a group of UK business people, wonderful guys … And they literally have a brilliant vision to turn Sirte … into the next Dubai. The only thing they’ve got to do is clear the dead bodies away and then they’ll be there.” – Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary, September 2017 Come now, native, wipe…

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Press Coverage


I’ve had a few bits and pieces in the press of late. METRO – Article about spoken word, featuring an interview with me THE STAGE – Four star review of Frankie Vah THE STAGE – “Drop Everything and Book” – Frankie Vah is 2nd top recommend show at 2017 Fringe NORWICH EYE – Five star review for Frankie Vah OUTLINE –…

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Renegade Poets (in Adverts)


There is a current trend in advertising to use “spoken word.” I fell in love with live poetry because it was subversive and anti-establishment. It’s so depressing seeing that on adverts now. I’m not blaming these young poets – there’s loads of people I know and like who have done adverts. I know the money is hugely tempting, but I…

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The Toll – Book Launch


I’m delighted to announce we are launching my new collection The Toll on Friday 10th February at The Courtyard Theatre, Shoreditch. It’s free to get in, and I’m told there might even be free booze as well. Everyone is welcome, but you must RSVP to james [at] pennedinthemargins.co.uk The event starts at 7pm. There will be a reading about 8pm.…

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The Toll is coming!


Wow! My second poetry collection has finally been sent to print. Eek! There are 34 poems, selected from over 80, which date from late 2012, just before Mondeo Man came out. While I have been working on this book, both of my children started school and my marriage ended; in the wider world, the world has seen war in Syria, Brexit…

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Down with Experts


Michael Gove stated whilst campaigning for Britain’s exit from the EU that British people had had “just about enough of experts.” And indeed he and his co-conspirators relied on rhetoric and downright untruths more than the reasoned advice of those more qualified. With America going to the polls today to choose between a seasoned experienced career politician and billionaire, racist…

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Let’s All Go To Grammar School!


Let’s All Go To Grammar School Let’s all go to grammar school! Ink wells! Blackboards! Metre rules! Arithmetic and joined-up script and all that Goveish rose-tint schtick. Yes! Let’s all go to Grammar school! Where the oeuvre of Rupert Brooke is read by apple-cheeked young men! Let’s all go to Grammar school! Let England’s leafy suburbs ring with Latin verbs…

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It’s Great To Have My Country Back


It’s Great to Have My Country Back The dream of ’45 is dead united Europe full of lead division reigns but SHIT THE BED it’s great to have my country back! The markets shake like Georgie Best as Farridge thumps his flabby chest and struts about like Kayne West. It’s great to have my country back! Auf Wiedersehen Miss Merkel…

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