Top poet special guest on Greater Anglia podcast

Wednesday, 9 February 2022
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Poet Luke Wright
Poet Luke Wright. Credit: Luke Wright

East Anglian poet Luke Wright makes a guest appearance on the next episode of Greater Anglia’s Life on Rails podcast – and reads a poem he wrote about his dad’s daily commute from Kelvedon to Liverpool Street.

Luke is special guest on the podcast, and talks about how East Anglia inspires his poetry – including current works in progress.

The performance poet took time out from a nationwide tour including gigs lined up in Cambridge, Sudbury, Diss, Lowestoft, Southend, London and Trimley, to take part in the “travel surgery” slot on the podcast.

After a chat about his poetry and leisure pursuits, podcast co-presenter Juliette Maxam recommends somewhere on the Greater Anglia network for Luke to visit.

Meanwhile the podcast’s other presenter, Lucy Wright, talks to Greater Anglia’s Head of Revenue Protection, Kim Bucknell, who explains it’s cheaper to buy a ticket than to risk a fine.

She reveals some of the different excuses her team have heard from passengers travelling without a ticket – from blaming their pet dog or goldfish to promising to buy a ticket on payday.

Life on Rails is a behind the scenes glimpse at Greater Anglia, with regular features on new trains and green issues.

Jon Lusher, operations lead for Greater Anglia’s new trains programme, explains why new trains undergo an extensive series of tests – both in East Anglia and abroad – before going into passenger service.

The company’s head of safety, security and sustainability Matt Wakefield, gives an overview of what sustainability means to Greater Anglia and the important part the company plays in connecting communities and boosting the region’s economy.

Resident podcast Greater Anglia fares expert, Ken Strong, gives some useful railcard hacks – including explaining how to travel between Norwich and London Liverpool Street for just £6.60.

Juliette and Lucy, who work in Greater Anglia’s media and PR team, discuss how the railway prepares for spring weather in their regular seasonal myth busters slot.

Juliette Maxam, Greater Anglia’s media and PR manager, said: “The podcast is packed with interesting facts about our railway. We hope listeners will enjoy a little glimpse into what goes into running the railway in East Anglia.

“It was great to hear from Luke Wright, who is so deeply connected to our region, and to recommend somewhere new for him to visit on our network.

“We hope people will enjoy listening to the new episode. Please tweet us on @GreaterAngliaPR if there’s anything you’d like us to cover in the next episode.”

The podcast is available to subscribe on all usual podcast platforms, as well as greateranglia.co.uk/podcast.