Books / Albums

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Essex Lion

Luke Wright’s third spoken word album is a darker affair than 2012′s We’re All In This Together. There’s a visceral retelling of the Raoul Moat manhunt, a brutal suicide on a dodgy estate, and a sweetly sad ballad about Sue, an old lady pinning her hopes on an increasingly cruel world.

But panic not, there’s plenty of Wright’s trademark humour and inventive rhyming. The title track (in two parts) is a frenetic take on the (non) sighting of the Essex Lion, told in rollicking Essex vernacular. Couple this with a scathing attack on UKIP’s Nigel Farage and a satire on cosy middle class foibles in Posh Plumber and you have a sparkling hour of wit and horror that you’ll listen to again and again.

Essex Lion
2013, Nasty Little Press
63 mins | £10

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Mondeo Man

Explosive political satire and acerbic wit leap from stage to page in Mondeo Man – the hotly anticipated debut collection from Luke Wright. Yummy mummies and debauched Tory grandees mingle with drunk Essex commuters and leering tabloid paps; a small town chip-shop becomes the site of a heart-wrenching story of failed marriage; and a televised manhunt enthrals an entire nation.

Mondeo Man
2013, Penned in the Margins
96pp | £9.99
ISBN: 978-1-908058-09-6

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Reviews

“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

“Although Wright’s sprightly verse drips with cynical disdain for Tories, outraged tabloidese and the weekend excesses of a feckless working-class, there’s a rich strain of empathy coursing through his work. More Crappy Albion than Broken Britain.” ☆☆☆☆ The List

“Mondeo Man brims with punchy, gritty parodies of modern British society; the sort of gesture that could be a wave, but may just be two fingers [...] rude, rabid and relentlessly rhythmic.” The Cambridge Student

“Mondeo Man takes pleasure in revealing our own world and our own lives to us. In particular it enjoys highlighting the stilted forms of normality that we didn’t realise we had accepted, while at the same time pointing out to us the weirdness and wonderfulness of that normality. Like the everyday episodes they depict, [these poems] are subtly profound without announcing their complexity. In a very short time, given its cultural specificity, this collection will be a fascinating historical document.” Tess Somervell, Tower Poetry

“[Mondeo Man is] not only verbally substantial, skilful and very funny but also complex in its feeling. It is Luke-laddish wit but laced with some fellow-feeling for its subjects, and self-irony. It is not drunk on itself, loves words and verbal patterns, and is set in an important public sphere that it observes in depth. It knows what it’s talking about.” George Szirtes

“Luke is a craftsman with a big heart. [Mondeo Man is] an excellent book.” Ian McMillan


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We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together is bawdy, funny and also, at times, rather touching and sad, displaying Wright’s ability to take a stereotyped character and find the humanity in them.

Opener The Drunk Train promises this album will “peer behind Britannia’s grin and shake her towns like money tins” and the following poems do exactly that, taking in fat bullies, posh school boys obsessed with “drawing willies on their toys,” baby-boomers hell-bent on spending their kids’ inheritance and a B Movie set in Brentwood.

We’re All In This Together
2012, Nasty Little Press
66mins | £8

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The Vile Ascent Of Lucien Gore And What The People Did

In a fug of voter apathy Britain votes in Lucien Gore, the new media-friendly face of ‘caring Conservatism.’ Despite rallying cries about human rights and the environment, Gore’s real agenda is massive and lasting cuts to the welfare state. Cheered on by the right-wing tabloids the Tories implement changes that pick away at the fabric of British life. The people now have a choice …

The Vile Ascent of Lucien Gore… is Luke’s most ambitious work to date. In this long poem, written in ottava rima, Wright paints a grotesque that reflects what is happening to Britain today under the Tories, and offers an extreme solution.

The Vile Ascent Of Lucien Gore And What The People Did
2011, Nasty Little Press
19pp | £5
ISBN:
978-0-9563767-6-3

Currently out of print.


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High Performance

Although he has performed his stand-up poetry up and down the country for the last decade, High Performance is the debut pamphlet from Wright, mainly because he is dyslexic and can’t spell. With the assistance of Nasty Little Press, Wright’s acerbic wit and high-energy performance makes the translation to the page, revealing the formal discipline underpinning much of his verse.

Fans of Luke’s live work will recognise favourites such as A Poet’s Work Is Never Done and Luke’s Got A Joke, as well as new work tackling a wide range of subjects from the witty to the profound.

High Performance
2009, Nasty Little Press
32pp | £5
ISBN:
978-0-9563767-0-1

Currently out of print.

Press quotes for High Performance:

“By the time I’d finished the first page of High Performance I’d already laughed out loud twice, but as befits such humour there are moments of pathos too and plenty of self-disgust … When it comes to anticipating his detractors, Charlie Brooker with a hangover would be hard-pushed to out-bile him” Sophia Blackwell, Penpusher

“Wright is similar to Larkin: dealing with the banality of the world and the confusion of its changing; the inevitability of loss, of aging and decay; reappraising one’s identity as a result; and occasionally coming up with some really great, funny lines.” Will Carr, Hand + Star

“Luke Wright on the page is funny, pretty light on his feet, tells a good story, and can compass both wit and pathos. You can read the poems without actually having to have him read them for you.” George Szirtes, Ink, Sweat & Tears


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Who Writes This Crap?
co-authored with Joel Stickley

Do you ever wonder who’s responsible for the rubbish that you read every day? In Who Writes this Crap, Stickley and Wright take the most ridiculous examples of junk mail, packaging, emails and advertising and rewrite them in side-splitting new ways. Whether it’s a smoothie label, a newspaper headline or an unsolicited email from a Nigerian prince, this fun and irreverent satire will change the way you read forever.

Who Writes This Crap? by Joel Stickley & Luke Wright
2007, Penguin

256pp | £8.99
ISBN: 978-0-1410305-4-8

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Press quotes for Who Writes This Crap?:

“An inspired piece of parody.” The Guardian

“No piece of writing escapes the satirical re-invention of these two acclaimed performance poets. Great fun – LOL funny.” The Big Issue

“Effortless satire – humour for everyone.” ThreeWeeks

“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