REVIEW - Luke Wright Poetry Club

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Scole - Absent for too long, Luke Wright returned with his Poetry Club to one of the Corn Hall’s pop-up venues.

Upstairs at the salubrious Scole Inn, we were treated to new work from Luke, and a genre defying set from poetry royalty, Francesca Beard.

Luke shared classic Essex reminiscing, a funny love poem, and an oddly moving account of watching TV at night, but used the bulk of his allotted time to share the delights of univocalism.

Was that an artsy, classy act? Was that a flashy syntax prank? Can’t say. Can say what a smart man, and can say what a damn hard task.

Francesca stretched the definition of spoken word performance with her treatise on the art of untruths.

This was a celebration of how ordinary folk unwittingly turn into story tellers every time we shade and colour what we say.

She delegated readings, got the room to turn in on itself, and asked more questions than she answered. Seductive, engaging, and elusive, she left the intriguing thought that performance might be the biggest lie of all.

DAVID VASS