Louise Wener

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Louise Wener
Birth nameLouise Jane Wener
Born (1966-07-30) 30 July 1966 (age 52)
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. Sleeper recorded three full-length albums: Smart, The It Girl, and Pleased to Meet You.

After the band split in 1998, Wener began a writing career[2] 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.[3]

In addition to writing herself, Wener has taught novel-writing. With her partner, Sleeper drummer Andy MacLure.[4] By 2011, she and MacLure had married and moved to Brighton, where MacLure teaches at a music college.[5] They have a son and a daughter. Wener has written an article about motherhood for The Guardian.[6]


  • 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. ^ Wener, Louise (6 July 2002). "My life as a pop star". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  3. ^ "15 Minute Drama". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Britpop stars: Where are they now?". Virgin Media. 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  5. ^ Jones, Alice (2 July 2011). "Beyond Britpop: Whatever happened to the class of '95?". The Independent.
  6. ^ Wener, Louise (5 April 2006). "What's wrong with being a mother?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-04-04.

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