We wrote an article about his new collection of poems titled “The Toll” but he is a so enthralling poet that we decided to have an interview with him. We are talking about Luke Wright. He is one of the UK’s best-known poetry performers. His 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. Since 2006 he has written and performed eight solo shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals across the world. This is what he told us…
You are considered one of the best poetry performer in England. In your opinion what is the main feeling about poetry in Great Britain now?
It depends who you ask. Spoken word is having a revival in the arts industry and audiences are bigger than at any other time during my 20 year career. While poetry isn’t a mainstream part of the culture biz, we have a rich tradition of poetry in Britain and people tend to turn to it at significant life moments – births, weddings, deaths etc.
Your poems are also political. How do you consider events as like Brexit or the rise of the far right in every countries?
With fear and trepidation, like most sane people. Twenty years of centrist governments have sucked some of the passion out of politics. What’s more, these bland technocratic forms of governing have failed to make some of the electorates lives any better than they were before, and have presided over a period of increased globalisation. The left have a duty to counteract the division offered by the ‘populist’ right and offer an alternative that looks after those left behind by globalisation. We need new ideas.
How much important is fun in your writings?
Pretty important. I like my writing to be full of interesting words and ideas. Often, making the second draft of something will be the process of making it more interesting, more fun.
You are also on tour. Tell us about this experience and also what were the deepest moments for you.
I’m sort of always on tour. It’s only me, so it’s not expensive getting the show on road. Bands and shows usually only tour in big chunks so save money. As that is not a concern I can do my tour a couple of a dates a week. It’s more sociable that way. I have two young sons so I have to be around for them.
Let’s talk about the future. What are your next projects?
There’s a verse play called Frankie Vah. It’s about love and belief, and it’s set in 1987. It debuts this month before going to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.
The book is available at the link http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2017/01/the-toll/