Christmas Scoop – Luke Wright

Luke Wright (poet)

This month we close the year with a reading by the wonderful Luke Wright. Those who saw him read as part of the Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival in the summer know just what a great poet and performer he is. Luke won the 2021 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer. The Guardian said “His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour. You will leave his show brimming with energy, heart-pounding and brain whirring”.

Luke Wright was born on 14 January 1982. He is a British poet, performer, publisher, curator and broadcaster.

Raised in northeast Essex, Wright started to write poetry at age 17, while a student at Colchester Sixth Form College. He was inspired after seeing Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke perform.

He formed the poetry collective, Aisle16, with Ross Sutherland in 2000. Aisle16 created three poetry/theatre shows uses video and projections.

In 2006, Wright began creating solo shows of his poetry. By 2015, he had created nine. He is the author of several books and pamphlets.

In 2009, Wright set-up Nasty Little Press, an independent publishing house focusing on poets better known for their live performance work.

Luke’s latest collection ’The Feel-Good Movie of the Year’ is from Penned in the Margins.

Join us in celebrating Luke’s poetry on Tuesday, 21st. December at 8 o’clock. The reading will be preceded by a short Open Mic so you can hear what our members have been writing.

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