Louise Wallwein

Louise Wallwein is a Poet and Playwright with a reputation as an explosive artist. Her work includes an award winning one-woman show on the wing of a WWII Shackleton aircraft in Manchester. Since then she has had work produced by Contact, The Royal Exchange, Sydney Opera House, Red Ladder, Sheffield Crucible and BBC Radios 3 and 4. Her ballad ‘The Island, The Sea, The Volunteer and the Refugee’ was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year 2016.

Louise was raised in more than a dozen different children’s homes and discovered her voice when she left care and wrote her first play aged 17.

The writing, which is top notch, weaves from conversational script to poetry to storytelling and back again. Beautiful complex strong work.

– Michelle Green


There are some people who set their world alight. They do this to illuminate hidden matters. With this in mind my fictional heroine is Lisbeth Salander. My living, breathing heroine is Louise Wallwein.

Glue binds.

– Lemn Sissay


The poems and plays that thread through this volume are wonders of language, rhythm and life. Yet the whole is still more - a bold experiment in telling the self: writing a tough, fragile, extraordinary spirit into our souls.  Louise Wallwein’s Glue is an unforgettable gift to the reader - an act of poetic generosity.

- John McGrath

Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned…


Now her much acclaimed one woman show, Glue, becomes a ground-breaking book of poems, story-telling and script to coincide with the broadcast of Glue on Radio 4 in September 2017. The book and performances will also feature in the Hull City of Culture Festival 2017.



Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. It is morning the sun is
shining, the birds are singing.


Everything made sense
The spiders web catching the sunlight
The name written on the bench I was sitting on
The pregnant woman taking the weight off her feet
while she watches her toddler search for his reflection
in the pond
The old ladies who when they see me
pause their conversations
and their smile seems to say they know what my truth is
The man I shared a cig with
I couldn’t tell them what I had just found out
But these strangers knew that this day was mine
And I felt connected to them I heard my ancestors
I swear I did as it took me thirteen hours to get from
Didsbury to Hulme I heard them
In those 13 hours I experienced
… joy
like nothing I’ve ever known
Finally someone wanted me, was claiming me
I was in my own skin
Something kicks in the back of your brain when your
handed over, relinquished, given up
When you can no longer smell your mother’s milk
Something called survival kicks in.
I’m sure of it
For the first time
I felt alive
It didn’t matter that she said she would meet me just
the once
That was all I needed

Louise faces the mirrors

Just the once to see who I looked like J
ust the once to find out who I am
Just the once to tell me where I come from Just the once It was enough
Just the once wouldn’t mess up her life
Just the once because I didn’t need a mum anymore
Just the once I wanted nothing from her
Just to see,
just to understand
That was all

Storytelling present

SFX: A House Louise moves the chairs to form the meeting room side by side facing the audience It was all arranged by the adoption place. They had a special house in Didsbury. It is similar to nearly every house I grew up in as a kid. On the outside it looks like a normal house. On the inside it had the same institutional colours, institutional chairs and institutional air. The windows are misted out. I am put in a room

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