Since the beginning of May, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.
After a short festive break, we return for 2021 with Luke Wright on Tuesday 26 January. Luke is an internationally renowned poet and playwright. His ‘TWENTY’ album was released by Nymphs & Thugs in 2019 on 2LP gatefold vinyl and marked two decades on the stage for Luke.
As I’m sure you’ll have gathered, we’re having to postpone our spring events for the foreseeable future as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics. Obviously on the one hand we’re gutted about it, but at the same time, it’s clearly the safe and responsible thing to do.
To confirm, the postponed events are as follows:
LIVEwire Leeds No.4 with Toria Garbutt and Kevin P. Gilday on Wednesday 1 April
Chelping at The Leeds Library with Hollie McNish on Wednesday 22 April
LIVEwire Colchester with Luke Wright, Molly Naylor and Maria Ferguson on Wednesday 29 April
At this stage it’s impossible to say when we’ll be able to reschedule these, and as you know, the situation is changing drastically on a daily basis at the moment. My gut instinct would say that these will be in the autumn.
If you’ve bought a ticket for LIVEwire Leeds No.4, you’ll have already received an email from me with your options. I know that The Leeds Library are offering refunds for Chelping ticket holders, and you’ll have to contact Colchester Arts Centre directly regarding LIVEwire there.
As soon as we have a confirmed date for either of these events we’ll announce it, and fingers crossed we’ll be able to celebrate with a nice (safely) packed room!
Finally, an awful lot of artists are suffering really badly as a result of so many event cancellations, so if you can, please support them by buying their merch, sharing their work and maybe event donating to their various pages.
Friday night saw the first of our new #LIVEwire events, with an incredible line-up at Manchester’s The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre. A packed room were treated to sets from Luke Wright, Louise Fazackerley and Kirsty Taylor, hosted by Toria Garbutt.
The images below were taken by Derren Lee Poole, and you can also view the gallery over on our Facebook page here. The next of these events is at Leeds’ Hyde Park Book Club on 2 October, starring Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid! Tickets are available here.
Firstly, if you haven’t read the blog about our new series of ‘LIVEwire’ events, check it out here. This is our biggest series of events yet and we’re absolutely buzzing that they’re finally out there in the world.
Luke Wright ‘Twenty’ is released on 1 March | Click here to pre-order
Luke Wright is one of the highly renowned artists on the UK’s spoken word scene, and on 15 January 2019, it marked twenty years to the day since he first performed his poetry on stage. Since then, he’s gone on to become a multi-award-winning poet and theatre maker and has toured the UK extensively as well as gigging around the globe.
“Wright is a clever playwright and a charismatic performer … ‘Frankie Vah’ is all the richer for its political and poetical layers … Wright succeeds in finding new and beautiful ways of expressing the everyday.” The Guardian
Following the release of his ‘After Engine Trouble‘ pamphlet on Rough Trade Books, Luke is currently touring his new show ‘Luke Wright – Poet Laureate’ to high acclaim. His previous shows ‘Frankie Vah’ and ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ chartered new territory for spoken word-based theatre shows, and he continually raises the bar across a range of mediums.
Nymphs & Thugs are delighted to be releasing this 2LP gatefold vinyl album, which features some of his best work over that twenty-year period as well as some brand-new unreleased work which captures Luke at the very top of his game.
“I’ve always wanted to release a vinyl of my stuff. A pink vinyl with a huge picture of my face on it. And now I have. It’s a double album and I’ve called it ‘Twenty’ as 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of my first gig. I’m really delighted to have the album out with Nymphs & Thugs – Matt Abbott is a tireless promoter of spoken word and he’s done wonders with his label. I loved settling down in my office and putting my friend Salena Godden‘s record on last year – if people out there can enjoy mine as much as I enjoyed hers then all is good in the world.” Luke Wright
Copies of the vinyl are available to pre-order here, as well as being on sale at Luke’s shows, gigs and festival appearances and at N&T events. The digital album will be available directly from N&T, as well as through all major digital providers including Google Play and Apple Music.
“When Luke expressed an interest in releasing something on N&T, it was an absolute no-brainer. I’ve always been a big fan of his work – from his poetry sets to his theatre shows and books – and it’s great to introduce some to our catalogue. Having released Salena Godden’s ‘LIVEwire‘ in 2017, I’m honoured to now have two of the UK’s leading poets on our label.” Matt Abbott