Award-winning poet Luke Wright to perform Poet Laureate in West Country

PUBLISHED: 10:57 06 June 2019

Poet Laureate Luke Wright.	Picture: Idil Sukan

Poet Laureate Luke Wright. Picture: Idil Sukan

Idil Sukan

Award-winning poet Luke Wright will bring his show to the district next month, and the Times is giving people a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Luke's performance will be about his desire to achieve his career's highest accolade, by becoming a Poet Laureate - which is also the name of his show.

The quest for the role has pushed him to reinvent his poetry, having previously performed Poet Laureate at Latitude Festival in July 2018, earning him a standing ovation.

He then went on to play sell out tours at the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival in August and was Edinburgh Evening News listed his show as one of its top 15 performances of the event.

Luke turned down his invite to Buckingham Palace, who said he has to stop penning criticisms about Tory politicians if he is to get a look in for the role.

He is John Cooper Clarke's regular support act, performing to 2,000 people at venues like The London Palladium and The Palace Theatre.

He has released four books and a 20th anniversary album celebrating when he started his career, on the January 15, 1999.

Since 2006, he has written and performed ten spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring at literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland.

He has won a 4Talent, Stage, Fringe First and Saboteur awards, including the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Poet Laureate will be performed at Clevedon's The Theatre Shop, in Clevedon Triangle Centre, on June 14 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £12, are available at or call 01275 400225.

The Times has teamed up with the The Theatre Shop to offer two pairs of tickets each to the show next month.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: When did Luke first start his career in poetry?

Send your answer - along with your name, address and telephone number - to: Poet Laureate competition, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW. Or, visit by 10am on June 6 to enter.

Usual Archant competition rules apply, and the editor's decision is final.

By entering this competition, you agree to be contacted about it by Archant.

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