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Latitude festival in 115 words, by Luke Wright

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Latitude festival in 115 words, by Luke Wright

Local lad Luke Wright has written an amazing poem to celebrate Latitude festival’s 10th anniversary

Performance poet Luke Wright, who co-curates Latitude’s Poetry Arena, has penned a festival classic in 115 words – we hope it makes a live appearance at July’s event.

The poem has been doing the rounds on Facebook but we have decided to post it here in case you haven’t heard/seen it yet.

Clearly, the 10th anniversary of this most wonderful of Suffolk events is going to be the biggest, boldest brightest and best to date.

Full details of the headliners will be announced in early March, but until then we’ll leave you with Luke’s words that perfectly evoke the excitement, diversity, fun and magic that is Latitude festival.

Latitude by Luke Wright

A rainbow grid of gigs and shows
as wide and deep as culture goes
explodes one weekend in July.
The city kids smear time and fry

on deckchairs watching purple sheep:
a binge of art, a dearth of sleep.
Where brainwaves scrawled on cup-ringed pages
come to life on woodland stages

lighting parts of jaded folk
that stay lit up as fires smoke
and Winter throws its first frost down.
In sleepy nooks of far-flung towns

across our bruised and battered isle
this magic weekend brings a smile
and takes us in our scarfs and coats
to wander near the Sunrise coast,

and lingers like a lover’s scent
when life is broken hearts and rent.


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