Well this is damned exciting: Homework is back! But rather than us being thrilled at the prospect of some after school swotting (oh god, the recurring anxiety dreams), this is a monthly night of spoken word from some of the best writers this country has to offer.
Collectively and jokily known as poetry boyband Aisle 16, the seven are Luke Wright (who we chatted to a few weeks back; lovely chap, sickeningly talented); Submarine and Wild Abandon author Joe Dunthorne; Chris Hicks, whose work you've probably read if you frequent McSweeneys; the man behind Radio Head and John Peel's Shed, John Osborne; How To Write Badly Well blogger/author Joel Stickley; poet and We Can't All be Astronauts writer Tim Clare; and one of our favourite literary performers Ross Sutherland. Individually they are clever and funny and imaginative: together they're an overwhelming force of spoken word excellence.
Homework is their chance to try out new writing, a little bit like comedians doing previews, except each month there's a theme. Everything starts again on Wednesday 26 June with a slight cheat because it's extracts of new shows rather than work specifically written for the night, but since they include Wright's Essex Lion, Clare's Pub Stuntman and Sutherland's hypnotic poetry over the top of looped Fresh Prince of Bel Air credits Stand-by for Tape Back-up, we'll forgive them. Londonist readers may be interested to know that the October theme is transport. We know you guys. And you'll also see some guests.
Homework takes place on the last Wednesday of each month up to November, and it's only a fiver. You won't regret it.
Homework starts again on 26 June, 8pm, at Bethnal Green Working Mens' Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, E2. Tickets are £5 and only available on the door. For more information see the Homework website.
Last Updated 25 June 2013
Luke Wright (born 14 January 1982) is a British poet, performer, publisher, curator and broadcaster.
Life and career
Raised in northeast Essex, Wright is an alumnus of the Colchester Sixth Form College. There he began writing and performing poetry at age 17 after seeing Martin Newell and John Cooper Clarke perform.
He formed the poetry collective, Aisle16, with Ross Sutherland in 2000. Aisle16 created three poetry/theatre shows uses video and projections: Powerpoint (2004), Poetry Boyband (2005) and Aisle16's Services To Poetry (2006). Services to Poetry was commissioned by Candida Lycett Green to commemorate the centenary of her father, John Betjeman's, birth; it was made into a film. Aisle16 have continued to develop new ensemble work via their London-based "literary cabaret" night, HOMEWORK. Wright has been involved in a number of these and in 2011, returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with Aisle16 members, Tim Clare and John Osborne, for Aisle16 R Kool.
In 2006, Wright began creating solo shows of his poetry. By 2015, he had created nine. He is the author of several books and pamphlets. Wright tours as a support act for John Cooper Clarke.
Since 2006, Wright has curated the Poetry Arena at Latitude Festival. In 2007 Wright also hosted and programmed "Luke Wright's Poetry Party" in The Meadows In Edinburgh over two days in August, it was the Fringe Festival's first dedicated poetry venue in its sixty-year history.
In 2009, Wright set-up Nasty Little Press, an independent publishing house focusing on poets better known for their live performance work.
- Powerpoint, 2004 (with Aisle16)
- Poetry Boyband, 2005 (with Aisle16)
- Poet Laureate, 2006
- Aisle16's Services to Poetry, 2007 (with Aisle16)
- Poet & Man, 2007
- A Poet's Work Is Never Done, 2008
- Who Writes This Crap?, 2008 (with Joel Stickley)
- The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright, 2009
- Luke Wright's Cynical Ballads, 2011
- Aisle16 R Kool, 2011 (with Aisle16)
- Your New Favourite Poet, 2012
- Essex Lion, 2013
- Stay-at-Home Dandy, 2015
- What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, 2015
"Live From The Hellfire Club", (with Aisle16) - 2005, Egg Box
"Who Writes This Crap?" (with Joel Stickley) - 2007, Penguin (also a live show in 2008)
"High Performance" - 2009, Nasty Little Press
"The Vile Ascent of Lucien Gore and What The People Did" - 2011, Nasty Little Press
"Mondeo Man", 2013, Penned in the Margins
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