Suffolk Poetry Society’s Big Birthday Bash featuring:
+ Fran Reader & John Vaughan
WINNER Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2021
Whether he’s opening for the Libertines or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go. John Cooper Clarke’s regular warm-up guy writes poems that are tender, riotous, caustic and romantic then delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.
This is an ALL-NEW show with deliciously funny poems set against a backdrop of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and the poet’s quest for JOY!
Wright’s third collection The Feel-Good Movie of the Year is out now from Penned in the Margins. Ian Duhig calls it a “a terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal. A hurt man taking stock in fresh words.”
“Luke Wright is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.”
“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.”
“He must be on some kind of dope” John Cooper Clarke
“Cool Poems” Patti Smith
“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty. A sensational hour of poetry.” ★★★★★ The Stage
“The bard of lockdown” Telegraph
Fran Reader’s inspiration for her poetry comes from a working life of juggling parenting with gynaecology and a later unexpected ‘career’ as a carer. Her poetry may make you smile or even laugh but often comes with a wry sting in its tail.
His childhood was RAF Stations, boarding school and rugby. After a working life in Local Government he went along to an evening class on creative writing because he had some spare time. There he fell in love with poetry. This was a surprise because at school he didn’t like Chaucer or John Milton very much. Since then he hasn’t looked back, obtained a degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design and has published three poetry pamphlets. He is married, has three stepchildren and seven wonderful granddaughters. He reads the back pages of newspapers and doesn’t like strawberries. In spite of using a walking stick he still tries to play table tennis.
Doors open 7.30pm
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