We sent interview forms out to our artists, and we’ll be sharing their stories here on the blog. First up:
How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?
I saw Ross Sutherland, Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke do a gig in Colchester and knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life performing poems on stage.
Who are your influences/ idols?
This year I’ve been mostly listening to Aldous Harding.
What’s the one thing you’d like people to know about your work?
I did it all myself without any help from my mum.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in spoken word/ performance poetry?
Read widely, watch widely.
Who are you looking forward to seeing/ what are you looking forward to doing at the Festival?
Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?
What’s your stand-out memory of the Festival?
Aged 17, Performing poems down a megaphone at the stone circle. It sound unlikely but people cheered.
What’s the one thing you simply must bring with you to the Festival?
A good quality pair of rubber boots
What advice would you give someone visiting the Festival for the first time?
You’ll never see all of it so relax and play it by ear. It’s not about the bands.
Have you performed at Glastonbury Poetry&Words before?
What’s your standout memory of performing at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage?
Not that I’m advocating such behaviour but one year I was very very drunk. But I remembered all the words to a 9 minute ballad and then had a great game of football with some kids backstage before passing out in the sun.
What advice would you give someone performing here for the first time?
They’re not leaving because they hate you, it’s that the Foo Fighters are on.
What words would you use to describe your work/ your act?
What do you like best about doing whatever you call whatever it is that you do on stages?
My life is my job.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
It’s my 20th anniversary this month. 20 years since my first gig. Almost to the day!
You can see Luke Wright at 16:35-17:00; Saturday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about him here.