Louise Wener

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Louise Wener
Birth nameLouise Jane Wener
Born (1966-07-30) 30 July 1966 (age 53)
OriginGants Hill, London, England
GenresIndie rock, Britpop
Occupation(s)Singer, writer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active
  • 1993–98, 2017–present (music)
  • 1998–present (writing)
Associated actsSleeper

Louise Jane Wener (born 30 July 1966, Gants Hill, London)[1] is an English writer, songwriter, singer and guitarist of the band Sleeper.

Daughter of Donald Wener, an Inland Revenue tax inspector from East Ham who had served in the R.A.F., and Audrey (née Dixon), a bank clerk and former nurse, her older sister was the writer Sue Margolis. Their brother, Geoff, managed Sleeper after attending Cambridge.[2][3]

Sleeper recorded four full-length albums: Smart, The It Girl, Pleased to Meet You, and The Modern Age.

After the band split in 1998, Wener began a writing career[4] and has written four novels: Goodnight Steve McQueen, The Big Blind (a.k.a. The Perfect Play) The Half Life of Stars and Worldwide Adventures In Love. Her autobiography, Different for Girls: My True-life Adventures in Pop (a.k.a. Just For One Day: Adventures in Britpop) was published in June 2010.

Wener co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 drama series Queens of Noise with The Farm's Roy Boulter. Queens of Noise ran for two five-programme series in the 10.45am Woman's Hour drama slot, focusing on the rise of fictional indie band Velveteens.[5]

In addition to writing herself, Wener has taught novel-writing. With her partner, Sleeper drummer Andy MacLure, she formed another band, Huge Advance, although they only played in and around their residential suburb of Crouch End[6] By 2011, she and MacLure had married and moved to Brighton, where MacLure teaches at a music college.[7] They have a son and a daughter. Wener has written an article about motherhood for The Guardian.[8]

Sleeper reformed in 2017 to play in four British cities in July and August as part of the Star Shaped Festival [9] They went on to headline an eleven-date tour in 2018.[10] The band have since recorded a new album, released in March 2019, entitled The Modern Age.[11][12]


  • Goodnight Steve McQueen. Flame. 1 August 2002. ISBN 0-340-82029-2.
  • Different for Girls. Ebury Press. 20 June 2010. ISBN 978-0-09-193651-8.
  • Just for One Day: Adventures in Britpop. Random House. 31 July 2012. ISBN 978-1-44-640792-9.


  1. ^ Different for Girls, L. Wener; Ebury Press 2010, page 6
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/07/sue-margolis-obituary
  3. ^ https://www.thejc.com/news/obituaries/obituary-sue-margolis-1.448622
  4. ^ Wener, Louise (6 July 2002). "My life as a pop star". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  5. ^ "15 Minute Drama". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Britpop stars: Where are they now?". Virgin Media. 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  7. ^ Jones, Alice (2 July 2011). "Beyond Britpop: Whatever happened to the class of '95?". The Independent.
  8. ^ Wener, Louise (5 April 2006). "What's wrong with being a mother?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Sleeper To Play First Gig In 19 Years At Star Shaped Festival 2017". Radio X. 15 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Sleeper kick off national tour in Liverpool next spring". Getintothis. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  11. ^ Murray, Robin (5 December 2018). "Sleeper Share New Single 'Look At You Now'". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ Trendell, Andrew (1 May 2018). "Sleeper are back with a UK tour and their first new album in 21 years". NME. Retrieved 1 May 2018.

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