Luke Wright is a spit and sawdust wordsmith. His poems are inventive and engaging, documenting 21st century British life with wit, humanity, and panache. He performs his work with snarl and spit and he’s toured his wares around the world for 20 years.
Eschewing the formal structures of his first two collections, Wright’s latest batch of poems are splenetic and free-wheeling. They’re also his most personal writing to date. Catch him on the road as regular support act for John Cooper Clarke, or on his own headlining tour.
Wright is a Fringe First winner for new writing and The Stage award winner for acting. He has written three verse plays, and opened for The Libertines. In 2021 he published his third full poetry collection. Ian Duhig called The Feel-Good Movie of the Year “a terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal.” In 2022 he’s opening for John Cooper Clarke and doing his own 30 date headlining tour.
Luke was a founder member of poetry collective Aisle16, who in the 00’s shook up the spoken word scene, helping to kick start a British renaissance of the form. Since 2006 he’s worked primarily on his own, making ten spoken word shows and three verse plays.
The animated short films he wrote for director Jon Dunleavy were voiced by Robert Lindsay and David Soul. He’s written poetry for two documentaries on Channel 4. The Seven Ages of Love (dir. Zara Hayes) was shortlisted for a Grierson Award.
He’s written four poetry collections and his plays have been published as epic poems by Penned in the Margins. His latest pamphlet, After Engine Trouble (Rough Trade Books), won the Saboteur Award for best pamphlet in 2019. To celebrate 20 years of gigging Nymphs & Thugs put out the double album TWENTY on LP and download.