Luke Wright (poet)
Luke Wright performing at Howl, Poetry Link Chelmsford 2009. Image by Caroline Joy Watson
Luke Wright (born 1982) is a British poet.
Born in Hackney, Wright was raised in North East Essex. Inspired by Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke he began writing and performing poetry aged 17, whilst still at sixth form college in Colchester. He soon met fellow teenage poet Ross Sutherland and the two of them formed Aisle16. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA in Creative Writing in 2003.
Aisle 16 years
Over the next two years "Aisle16" became a collective of like-minded writer/performers. After running successful cabaret-style events throughout in 2002 & 2003 Aisle16 created three poetry/theatre shows uses video and projections: Powerpoint (2004), Poetry Boyband (2005) and Aisle16's Services To Poetry (2006). Services to Poetry was commissioned by Candida Lycett Green to commemorate the centenary of her father, John Betjeman's, birth. It was made into a film. Aisle16 have continued to develop new ensemble work via their London-based "literary cabaret" night HOMEWORK. Wright has been involved in a number of these and in 2011 returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with Aisle16 members Tim Clare and John Osborne for Aisle16 R Kool.
In 2006 Aisle16 became a side project for Wright as he focused on his solo career. He is the author of six solo poetry stage shows: Luke Wright, Poet Laureate (2006), Luke Wright, Poet & Man (2007), A Poet's Work Is Never Done (2008), The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright (2009), Luke Wright's Cynical Ballads (2011) and Your New favourite Poet, which debuts in Summer 2012.
As a progammer Wright has curated The Poetry Arena at The Latitude Festival since 2006. with over 50 hours of poetry, featuring as many as 60 poets Latitude claims to be the biggest single poetry event in Europe and has become one of the most sought after events on the live poetry calendar. In 2007 Wright also hosted and programmed "Luke Wright's Poetry Party" in The Meadows In Edinburgh over two days in August, it was the Fringe Festival's first dedicated poetry venue in its sixty year history.
He is a regular on BBC Radio, regularly contributing to Radio 4's Saturday Live
Live From The Hellfire Club, (with Aisle16) - 2005, Egg Box Who Writes This Crap? (with Joel Stickley) - 2007, Penguin (also a live show in 2008) High Performance - 2009, Nasty Little Press The Vile Ascent of Lucien Gore and What The People Did - 2011, Nasty Little Press