Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee
Part of Chester Literature Festival 2023
Crack out the bunting! It’s Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee.
Join the award-winning poet as he tries to celebrate his 25 years of service on the literary frontline but ends up taking a deep dive into himself and the England that raised him. New poems on class, excessive consumption, love and adoption combine with some wild experiments in form, a nervous kitten called Sir John Betjeman and a healthy smattering of drum n bass, all while Wright manages to navigate heart-wrenching material and keep the laughs coming.
Young members: £10
Non-members: £15 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)
“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.”
“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty. A sensational hour.”
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.”
Over twenty-five years, Luke Wright has built up a reputation for being one of Britain’s most popular live poets. He has won an unprecedented four Saboteur Awards (national awards for spoken word), a Stage Award, and a Fringe First. He’s sold out shows across the world and regularly tours with John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines. This year, thwarted in his attempts to hold a street party by the philistines on the council and unable to shift the over-ordered commemorative plates, Wright does what a poet does best, and takes a deep dive into himself.
What follows is his most confessional show to date. Wright was adopted as a baby and grew up believing that his adoption “wasn’t a big thing.” But one night he idly stumbled across his birthmother on Facebook. This window to a world that might have been his has thrown up deep questions about privilege, familial love, and destiny.
This show is an excavation of lives lived and not lived. Wright navigates his audience through a warm and honest hour of poems and stand-up with the directness and pathos that has made him one of the most popular live poets in England.
Post Performance Event
More of Luke Wrights best loved poems continued in The Kitchen from 9.30pm. Enjoy a drink and some food for the 2nd part of this event in a relaxed setting.