4Talent award winner Luke Wright might just be the hardest working man in poetry. Since 2006 he’s launched his own curve-ball bid to become Poet Laureate, programmed and hosted Latitude’s poetry arena (the largest poetry event in Europe) and has become one of the poets-in-residence on BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live. He has five solo poetry stage shows: Poet Laureate, Poet & Man, A Poet’s Work Is Never Done, and The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright. All of which played to sold out audiences at The Edinburgh Fringe, got five star reviews and have completed extensive national tours. His fifth - Cynical Ballads – is touring throughout 2011, including a trip to Melbourne and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has also started writing poetry for films. In 2009 he took contemporary poetry onto primetime TV, writing all the poetry for Channel 4’s The Seven Ages of Love, a 30 minute documentary that gained ‘pick of the day’ in 8 national publications and was broadcast to over a million people, it was later nominated for a prestigious Grierson Award. In 2010 he wrote and provided the voice-over for a 30 minute film on Channel 4 called The Bed, directed by Toby Paton. His first book, Who Writes This Crap?, co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007. A live show based on the book enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh 2008. Joel and Luke have also written verse for an animated shorted directed by Jon Dunleavy, – Crash! Bang! Wallow!, the story of a suicidal stuntman, won the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He has two books of poetry published by Nasty Little Press. A short collection called High Performance (2009) and a single long, narrative poem entitled The Vile Ascent Of Lucien Gore And What The People Did (2011). “The best young performance poet around.” The Observer “One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” Johann Hari, The Independent “Visceral, poignant and riotously funny.” The Scotsman “Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” Metro “He must be on some kind of dope.” John Cooper Clarke
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