Luke Wright (poet)

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Luke Wright
Occupation Poet,
Nationality  United Kingdom
Website
www.lukewright.co.uk

Luke Wright (born 14 January 1982) is a British poet, performer, publisher, curator and broadcaster.

Life and career[edit]

Raised in northeast Essex, Wright is an alumnus of the Colchester 6th Form College.[1] There he began writing and performing poetry at age 17 after seeing Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke perform.[2]

He formed the poetry collective, Aisle16, with Ross Sutherland in 2000.[2] 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.[3] Aisle16 have continued to develop new ensemble work via their London-based "literary cabaret" night, HOMEWORK.[4] 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, Wright began creating solo shows of his poetry.[2] By 2015, he had created nine.[5] He is the author of several books and pamphlets. Wright tours as a support act for John Cooper Clarke.[6]

Since 2006, Wright has curated the Poetry Arena at Latitude Festival.[7] 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.

In 2009, Wright set-up Nasty Little Press, an independent publishing house focusing on poets better known for their live performance work.[8]

Stage shows[edit]

  • Powerpoint, 2004 (with Aisle16)[9]
  • Poetry Boyband, 2005 (with Aisle16)[10]
  • Poet Laureate, 2006[11]
  • Aisle16's Services to Poetry, 2007 (with Aisle16)[12]
  • Poet & Man, 2007[13]
  • A Poet's Work Is Never Done, 2008[14]
  • Who Writes This Crap?, 2008 (with Joel Stickley)[15]
  • The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright, 2009[16]
  • Luke Wright's Cynical Ballads, 2011[17]
  • Aisle16 R Kool, 2011 (with Aisle16)[18]
  • Your New Favourite Poet, 2012[19]
  • Essex Lion, 2013[20]
  • Stay-at-Home Dandy, 2015[6]
  • What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, 2015[21]

Publications[edit]

"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
"Mondeo Man", 2013, Penned in the Margins[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sixth Form College, Colchester | News Archives". Colchsfc.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Hay, Malcolm (2007-02-16). "Luke Wright: interview". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  3. ^ film
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Shows". Luke Wright. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  6. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  7. ^ Greenfield, Frances. "Luke Wright – interview | The Sphinx". Liverpoolstudentmedia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  8. ^ "An interview with Luke Wright of Nasty Little Press | Books". The Skinny. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  9. ^ Hello (2004-08-12). "Aisle 16: Powerpoint". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Manchester - Entertainment - Aisle 16: Poetry Boyband at Mint Lounge". BBC. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  11. ^ Brian Logan. "Luke Wright: Poet Laureate, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  12. ^ "5x15". 5x15stories.com. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Luke Wright, Poet & Man - Review - Edinburgh Festival guide | Fest". Festmag.co.uk. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  14. ^ "Luke Wright: A Poet's Work is Never Done - Review - Edinburgh Festival guide | Fest". Festmag.co.uk. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  15. ^ Lennox, Emma (2008-08-14). "Who Writes This Crap? | Edinburgh Festival". Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  16. ^ Sulaiman, Yasmin (2009-08-16). "Luke Wright – His concerns may be petty but the poetry is not | Edinburgh Festival". Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  17. ^ Donaldson, Brian (2011-08-08). "Luke Wright's Cynical Ballads | Edinburgh Festival". Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  18. ^ "Aisle16 R Kool! - Review - Edinburgh Festival guide | Fest". Festmag.co.uk. 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  19. ^ "Luke Wright: Your New Favourite Poet". Exeunt Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  20. ^ "Spoken word review: Luke Wright – Essex Lion". WOW247. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  21. ^ "Edinburgh festival review: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan – powerfully poetic storytelling". Guardian.co.uk. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  22. ^ "Review: Luke Wright's 'Mondeo Man' | Charlotte Skeoch". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-03.