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image for Live Entertainment item typeLuke Wright, Poet Laureate at Norwich Playhouse

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Live Entertainment, Sat 30 Mar 2019, £15

Luke Wright photo by Idil Sukan

Luke Wright photo by Idil Sukan

Luke Wright, photo by Idil Sukan

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In the year that a new Poet Laureate will be appointed Luke Wright is chucking his hat in the ring for poetry’s top job and embarking on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Can it be done? Can one poet ever really represent an entire nation? Luke delves into the murky world of poets laureate past: the heroes, the villains, and ones who didn’t even write poetry - just who are these previously laureled rogues?

Now let’s be honest, he’s a dark horse for the job at best. He rejected his invite to the palace in 2012 and he’s really got to stop penning all those one-vowelled invectives about Tory politicians if he’s to get a look in.

Luke said: ‘We turn to poetry at significant times in our lives: births, weddings, and funerals; when we are seeking solace; when we can’t find the right words ourselves. In the internet age we are pretty adept at seeking out the poetry we need. At times of national tragedy the right poet steps forward with the right words. So what need do we have of a national poet? How can just one poet represent our country? The laureateship is imperialistic and patriarchal. It imitates the monarchy it was created to prop-up. Maybe it’s time to cut poetry free from the establishment.

Big-hearted and quick-witted, Wright’s poems have been lauded by everyone from Patti Smith to The Libertines. Truly a wordsmith and raconteur at the top of his game, he’s a Fringe First winner, a Stage Award winner (for acting, no less!) and he’s been the Fringe’s favourite poet for fifteen years.

‘Pulsating poetic story-telling’ The Guardian

Luke performed his first gig aged 17 while still at 6th college in Colchester in early 1999. His first paid gig followed a few months later at Norwich Arts Centre. Shortly after he co-founded poetry collective Aisle16, going on to inspire a generation of young poets (and reinvigorate a few older ones). He has performed around the world and published a series of acclaimed books. The latest, After Engine Trouble, has just been published by Rough Trade.

Luke has written and performed 12 full-length shows, he won multiple awards for his debut ‘verse play’ What I Learned from Johnny Bevan. He has been credited with making poetry relevant to a new generation and revitalising the spoken word touring circuit. He has performed in venues ranging from the back rooms of pubs to the London Palladium and a grand chamber in the Palace of Westminster. He can often be seen opening for John Cooper Clarke, his verse documentaries on Channel 4 have been enjoyed by millions and his poems can be heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He curates the spoken word line-ups at Port Eliot Festival, Festival Number 6 and The Edinburgh International Book Festival and did so for eleven years for Latitude Festival.

‘Cool poems’ Patti Smith

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Sat 30 Mar 2019 20:00 to 21:40

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Address

42 - 58 St George's Street,
Norwich,
Norfolk,
NR3 1AB

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Map reference: TG 230089  Lat: 52.63199 Long: 1.29390

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.7 miles from Norwich station

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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

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