Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

February 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

Luke Wright seeks poetry’s top job. Has own quill.

With a new Poet Laureate due in 2019 Wrighty’s chucking his hat in

the ring. But he’s a dark horse at best. He turned down his last invite to

Buck House and he’s really got to stop penning one-vowelled invectives

about Tory politicians if he’s to get a look in.

So he’s a on a mission to reinvent his poetry, to unite rather than divide.

But can one poet ever really represent an entire nation? And just who

are these previously laureled rogues? Luke delves into the murky world

of poets laureate past, while serving up a sparkling set of new poems.


Luke Wright, Poet Laureate started its run of previews at Latitude

Festival in July 2018, playing to a crowd of 800+ punters and earning a

standing ovation. It went on to play full houses at the Edinburgh Fringe

in August.


Luke Wright is an award winning poet and theatre-maker. Poet Laureate is his 12th

solo stage show. Since 1999 he’s performed thousands of gigs with everyone from

Beck to Patti Smith. His shows have toured the world and for the last eight years

he’s performed to hundreds of thousands of people in Britain as John Cooper

Clarke’s warm-up act.

His play What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won a Fringe First, e Stage Award

for Acting Excellence and a Saboteur Award. A follow-up play Frankie Vah was

hailed in the press during a three week West End run and 50 date national tour.

His debut collection Mondeo Man was called “a riot” by Huffington Post in a five

star review. Wright is a regular on BBC radio and in 2012 he was Newsnight’s only

ever ‘poet-in-residence’ on National Poetry Day.

“Cool poems.” Patti Smith