Luke Wright


11:00-12:00 First Word
Sunday 19 June
This event will be BSL Interpreted

Whether he’s playing master of ceremonies at a Libertines show or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go. His poems can be tender, riotous, caustic and romantic and he delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

Luke’s work has a won a Fringe First, a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award and four Saboteur Awards, including the 2021 Best Spoken Word Performer. He was poet-in-residence for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live for six years, and is a regular tour support for John Cooper Clarke.

Luke has programmed the inaugural programme for the First Word tent at First Light and will be hosting much of the proceedings.

“Luke Wright is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.” Carl Barât

“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” The Guardian

 “Visceral, poignant and riotously funny.” The Scotsman


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The First Word tent has ramped access onto trackway from Jubilee Parade. Inside, there are solid wooden floors, and seating is available.

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