Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of everyday characters recogniseable to us all. 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. Since 2006 he has written and performed seven one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. His current show Essex Lion tours throughout 2014.
“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 great 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 Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.
“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.
His poems are often on BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to the Sony Award-winning Saturday Live. He’s sometimes heard reviewing records on 6 Music. All of his commissioned work can be heard on his podcast, which RSSes from his Soundcloud.
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. These days they still produce a huge amount of new work but it’s all for their scratch night HOMEWORK, which runs six months of the year in Bethnal Green. He is also 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.
Sundown first met Luke around 8 years ago, we’d heard about Aisle 16 and discovered Luke through this knowledge. He came and played Sundown upstairs at the Royal Hotel Ballroom (RIP) in Southend-on-Sea, he was an instant hit, a charming man, superb poet and thus a friendship was born. He has always been a loyal supporter and mentor to Sundown, and in return we are forever supportive of Luke. We worked together on the Poetry Link, a live literature tour across East Anglia in collaboration with Writers Centre Norwich. Luke gave us a platform at the first few Latitude Festivals, our first forray into a major festival. Eversince, he has always been at hand for any advice, help and guidance. We couldn’t think of a better patron to represent Sundown.
“I’m proud to be a patron of Sundown. They create innovative and high quality events and support artists of all kinds. I’ve been lucky enough to work with them as a poet/performer and know they always take care of the people they work with. Artists can often be solitary, the making of art often needs to be solitary, however we must not forget the importance of forming relationships with organisations and people in the arts who are dedicated to promoting and supporting us. Sundown is precisely that kind of organisation. Long may they continue to fight the good fight.” – Luke Wright