Luke Wright

We are delighted to welcome performance poet Luke Wright to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Performance Poet - Luke Wright.

Luke writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.

He’s one of a new generation of angry young men (and women) who intend using words as a mirror to reflect humanity’s flaws and comic foibles.

Luke Wright began writing and performing poetry at age 17. As a 16-year-old, he’d already caught the performing bug in a band called Koonunga Hill.

After the first band split up, In December 1998, Wright saw John Cooper Clarke perform at Colchester Arts Centre. ‘That day changed everything.

“I became obsessed with poetry. Wright credits another poet, Ross Sutherland, who really made me want to get up there and do it … It was like watching an amazing frontman with a band and a comedian rolled into one”.

Sutherland gave Wright help and support. Together they formed the Aisle 16 Live Poets Collective which, in 2005 and made the Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year list for its theatre show ‘Poetry Boyband’.

In 2002 he was the Glastonbury Festival slam champion, in 2004 he starred in the BBC3 ‘Slam Poets’, and in 2006 he took his first solo show, ‘Luke Wright, Poet Laureate’, to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Since 2006 he has written and performed eight one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic.

Luke Wright accolades include:

  • Winner, The Edinburgh Fringe First Award for Writing.
  • Winner of the Stage Award for acting excellence.
  • Winner of the Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Awards 2016.
  • WINNER Best Show Laugharne Weekend 2016.
  • WINNER Dark Chat Awards for Best Entertainment 2015.
  • NOMINATED Off West End TBC Award.

Luke’s first book, ‘Who Writes This Crap?’ co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007.

Who Writes this Crap by Luke Wright.

Do you ever wonder who’s responsible for the rubbish that you read every day? In Who Writes this Crap, Stickley and Wright take the most ridiculous examples of junk mail, packaging, emails and advertising and rewrite them in side-splitting new ways. Whether it’s a smoothie label, a newspaper headline or an unsolicited email from a Nigerian prince, this fun and irreverent satire will change the way you read forever.

A live show based on ‘Who Writes This Crap?’ enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh 2008.

‘Mondeo Man’ published in 2013, both celebrates and laments a country of disappearing pubs, celebrity anti-heroes and motorway service stations, perfectly capturing the English idiom at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Mondeo Man by Luke Wright

“If any contemporary collection is going to convince the unbeliever that poetry can be a riot of cheek, giggles, boobs, tears and Facebook – while keeping its artistic integrity firmly intact – Mondeo Man is it.’ – Huffington Post

In 2015, Luke’s debut play ‘What I Learned from Johnny Bevan’ won the prestigious Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Fringe, and also bagged Luke The Stage Award for Acting Excellence.

It is a story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the ‘New Labour’ dream.

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan by Luke Wright

At university the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick a world-weary journalist, smashing his comfortable, middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself?

This is a coming-of-age story that explores the fragility of male relationships and the nature of disillusionment in both people and politics.

“Luke Wright’s sweeping poetic monologue, economically directed by Joe Murphy, takes us back to the 1990s and an urban landscape where the advent of Tony Blair and the first Labour government in 18 years gave young people hope for the future.” – Paul Vale (the stage.co.uk)

“ I consider What I Learned from Johnny Bevan an epic poem. I’ve been describing it to most people as a “play” to save the frayed nerves of Britain’s regional theatre managers.” – Luke Wright.


Luke Wright at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss Luke Wright’s events at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival:

THE DEEP READ: SUNJEEV SAHOTA ON THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS AND OURS ARE THE STREETS. WITH AN OPENING POETRY READING BY LUKE WRIGHT.

  • Date: Thursday, January 12 2017
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LIPTON TEA AND POETRY-POETRY READING: LUKE WRIGHT AND ANITA NAIR.

  • Date: Friday, January 13 2017
  • Time: 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

THINKING OUT LOUD: LUKE WRIGHT ON WHAT I LEARNED FROM JOHNNY BEVAN.

  • Date: Friday, January 13 2017
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.