First Word at First Light Festival


NAC are proud to be supporting the First Word programme at First Light Festival this year. Join us on the beach in Lowestoft on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

First Light Festival is a community gathering that warmly welcomes those from down the road and across the world to celebrate a unique place at a very special time: the first sunrise of midsummer in the UK’s most easterly town.

Curated by award-winning poet Luke Wright, the First Word programme at First Light Festival brings the best in spoken word poetry, theatre, comedy, and storytelling to Suffolk’s sunrise coast.

Saturday 17 June

12:30-13:30 The Funny Life of… James Campbell
13:30-14:15 Francesca Beard
14:15-14:30 Brigitte Aphrodite
14:30-15:00 Jasmine Gardosi
15:00-16:00 Linton Kwesi Johnson, in partnership with National Centre for Writing
16:00-16:30 Caleb Femi
16:30-17:30 Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee
17:30-17:45 Brigitte Aphrodite
17:45-18:30 Joelle Taylor
18:30-19:15 Harry Baker
19:45-20:30 Marcel Lucont

Sunday 18 June

10:00-11:00 The Feathered Thorns
11:00-11:15 Luke Wright
11:15-12:15 John Osborne’s A Supermarket Love Story
12:15-12:30 Luke Wright
12:30-13:30 The Best of INK Festival 2023
13:30-14:30 Jonny Fluffypunk’s If we just keep going, we will get there in the end
15:00-16:00 Josie Long

Meet Your Comperes

Brigitte Aphrodite (Saturday) is a neurodivergent punk poet, theatre-maker & intersectional show-woman from Kent. She makes joyful, accessible, genre-crossing work. She’s toured with artists such as Kate Nash and Josie Long, and has written three critically-acclaimed theatre shows.

Luke Wright (Sunday) is a poet, theatre-maker and broadcaster. Luke makes a new show or play every year and schlepps it around a variety of glorious venues, occasionally presenting stuff on the radio in-between shows.

First Light Festival and Norwich Arts Centre are proud to be Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations (NPO).