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What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright

"Seething, dynamic poetry"

The Guardian
winner, the scotsman fringe first award
winner, the stage awards for acting excellence
winner, saboteur awards best spoken word show
shortlist, east anglian book awards

A politically charged modern epic by celebrated poet Luke Wright.

At university the mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick, smashing his comfortable middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and books. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate alongside the social justice they hoped for, can Nick, now a jaded music journalist, save Johnny from himself?

Written in electrifying verse, this is a story of friendship, class ceilings and the battle for the soul of the Left. Winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award, What I Learned from Johnny strikes at the heart of a divided Britain with wit, compassion and laser precision.

Our price £9.99
RRP £9.99
65 pages
ISBN 9781908058331
Published 24 February 2016
Cover design: Ben Anslow


A detailed portrait of life on the left in the triumphant days of Thatcherism's demise, and a tragic tale of romantic aspirations ground down by the drudgery of daily life [...] Wright's snappy rhymes are the perfect medium for the crackling conversation of uni days, bouncing up off the page with the fresh energy of youth, camaraderie and rum.
Ross McIndoe, The Skinny

Up-to-the minute stuff ... [Wright] endows the poem with a uniquely mournful gravitas.
John Field, Poor Rude Lines

About the author

Luke Wright is a poet and broadcaster. His poetry stage shows have toured the world and played sold-out runs in London and Edinburgh. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and his verse documentary on Channel 4 was nominated for a Grierson Award. His first collection, Mondeo Man, was published in 2013.

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