Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson

Luke Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Over the past four years Luka has released two full length albums (Please Resist Me, 2012 + EXIT, 2014) one Greek + English language EP (Πέρασμα|Passage, 2013), and a powerful collection of poetry entitled ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013).

With four years of international touring, 14 Writers’ Festivals, 8 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), Trinity International Hip-hop Festival (USA), Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group ‘Active Member’, South Africa’s ‘OneBlood Festival’ and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Slam Champion of 2010.

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Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people worldwide to write and perform their work, many for the first time

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Much love to you and yours.

It’s important for me to let you all know that our beloved Yiayia has dementia.

I know so many of you love the poem I wrote for her and have an affinity with her story.

So I thought you should know.

Today we sat and talked and laughed and it was special, other days are not so good, at all - I send my love to my parents and aunties for their resilience and respect and support for her in these hard times.
It’s not easy.
Today she forgot who I was a few times, but can tell we are connected and have love between us, which is the main thing.
We talked like two friends about what animals we’d like to come back as after this life is done 😂 and why.
Jeez her humour is still sharp. And we talked about her youth and life in Australia and family history.
It was one of those afternoons that just fills you up as a grandson.
Αχ γιαγιάρα μου, Σ’Αγαπώ.
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Much love to you and yours. 

It’s important for me to let you all know that our beloved Yiayia has dementia. 

I know so many of you love the poem I wrote for her and have an affinity with her story. 

So I thought you should know. 

Today we sat and talked and laughed and it was special, other days are not so good, at all - I send my love to my parents and aunties for their resilience and respect and support for her in these hard times. 
It’s not easy. 
Today she forgot who I was a few times, but can tell we are connected and have love between us, which is the main thing. 
We talked like two friends about what animals we’d like to come back as after this life is done 😂 and why. 
Jeez her humour is still sharp. And we talked about her youth and life in Australia and family history. 
It was one of those afternoons that just fills you up as a grandson. 
Αχ γιαγιάρα μου, Σ’Αγαπώ.

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My grandmother doesn’t remember me, though she raised me and I inherited her green eyes. When we last saw each other, she looked at me as though I were a stranger and asked me where I got my beautiful eyes. She’s still alive, but I miss her every day. I feel you.

It was a chance YouTube search some years ago that I came across your poem about Yiayia.It is truly wonderful Ever since ,I have been a keen follower of your poetry.Indeed I have bought your books.You're very lucky to have each other. I wish you both well.

Luka Lesson Much love to you, your family and Yiayia. Dementia is a circular and inconsistent thief. It's great that you can share moments of history and humour together. Arohanui.

Luka Lesson a beautiful post να είστε όλοι καλά

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Respect.

via Ken Arkind
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Respect.

via Ken Arkind

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Bullshyte! Be you!

Tirriki Bungaree

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The irony of being an artist in Australia:

Me: We have to move out of this house, I can’t afford to rent AND tour AND save money at the same time, it’s just too hard right now.

Queensland Government: Come back! We want you to give a 1hr speech at Parliament House for an OFFICIAL event about how we can improve the renting and housing crisis in Queensland.

Me: Great, I’d love to - what would the fee be to research, write, edit, practice and deliver this one hour speech in front of the deputy premier, the housing minister and guests in the hallowed halls of Invasion Inc.? (About 10 hours work + travel)

QG: oh, well we can only afford $100....

Me: 😑

QG:...aaaand the event is in 6 days

Me: 😑

QG: and you can’t swear or slander the government

Me: 😑

QG: but we really want a poet who will ‘speak their truth’ and bring young people into the conversation

Me: 🤔 hmmmm let me think.... how about,,, Nope.

If they can’t value my work, then I’m sure as hell not going to value their opportunities. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Bags packed, back on the road. ✌🏽 Laters.
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2 days ago

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Accept and read this to them

You should deff accept and slip in some truth while you are up there! Free speech! Take ur own camera too just in case they censor you.

Unbelievable yet oh so sadly believable at the same time 🙄

F unbelievable!

Give them some truth on your own terms! 😎

My favourite lines? The last two 🙌💪

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25,000 word greek philosophical writing from 400BC found in inscribed in stone in Turkey

"Not least for those who are called foreigners, for they are not foreigners. For, while the various segments of the Earth give different people a different country, the whole compass of this world gives all people a single country, the entire Earth, and a single home, the world." -Diogenes

www.archaeology.org/issues/180-1507/features/3344-turkey-oinoanda-epicurean-inscription
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25,000 word greek philosophical writing from 400BC found in inscribed in stone in Turkey

Not least for those who are called foreigners, for they are not foreigners. For, while the various segments of the Earth give different people a different country, the whole compass of this world gives all people a single country, the entire Earth, and a single home, the world. -Diogenes

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/180-1507/features/3344-turkey-oinoanda-epicurean-inscription

Good morning, Hong Kong.

My last week of teaching at HK International School.... let’s get it.

Much love to everyone supporting me, it’s been a big year, I appreciate you.
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Good morning, Hong Kong.

My last week of teaching at HK International School.... let’s get it.

Much love to everyone supporting me, it’s been a big year, I appreciate you.

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2 weeks ago

The last poem Jack Noble wrote💔
I’m gonna find a way to get his poems to all of you who’ve been asking, he sold out of his first 500 copies, so we’ll find another way. Thank you for all your words of support. It’s been powerful to see some of my favourite people get to know his name.
Rest Easy, Jack.
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2 weeks ago

The last poem Jack Noble wrote💔 
I’m gonna find a way to get his poems to all of you who’ve been asking, he sold out of his first 500 copies, so we’ll find another way. Thank you for all your words of support. It’s been powerful to see some of my favourite people get to know his name. 
Rest Easy, Jack.

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I'm thankful we were left these gifts.

That last line!!

I'd love a copy. 😍❤️

Beautiful

Wow ❤️

Divine!

Oh my♥️

Oh my ♥️

❤️

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It’s with a heavy heart that I let you know that we lost a great young man yesterday.
Jack Noble, my young friend in poetry, passed away due to his degenerative condition, surrounded by all the love he deserves.
This young man really affected my life.
When he landed in my poetry workshop at his school I wasn’t sure what he was going to get out of it, no one had heard him speak or seen him write a poem before. By the end of the week, with the help of his carer Marilyn Connors, he had created a poem, picking one arduous letter at a time from a list she would show him.
I read that poem with him in front of his school and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
I told him: “Young brother, if you write 30 poems I will publish a book for you”. Two years later, I received a package in the mail - 30 poems created by this brave young man named Jack Noble. I couldn’t believe it, but then I also knew it would happen somehow... he was a fighter.
On August 1, 2016, with the help of the community at Chatham High School Taree, we launched his collection, named after that first poem he wrote in 2014: ‘Me’. Many of you ordered his book online after hearing of Jack through me. Thank you.
Publishing his poetry was not a charity case for anyone. Jack had something important to say, and the slow process he had to use to create each poem meant that his writing was crystallised - there was no wasted line or letter. This is something most poets find it hard to adhere to. Jack did it just by means of his process and circumstance, and persevered when most of us would have given up.
The launch was a special day - I somehow kept it together to read all 30 poems with him by my side on stage. It was one of my favourite gigs, an honour really.
The auditorium was full, the local news station came out to do a story. People heard Jack’s voice - many for the first time.
I prayed for him yesterday, went to the ocean and spoke to him.
He was a special human and still a powerful spirit.
I send love and respect to the Noble family, all the staff, students and elders in Taree and everyone who knew him.
A sad day, but he is free of the shackles of his vessel now.
Love you my brother, always.
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2 weeks ago

It’s with a heavy heart that I let you  know that we lost a great young man yesterday. 
Jack Noble, my young friend in poetry, passed away due to his degenerative condition, surrounded by all the love he deserves. 
This young man really affected my life.
When he landed in my poetry workshop at his school I wasn’t sure what he was going to get out of it, no one had heard him speak or seen him write a poem before. By the end of the week, with the help of his carer Marilyn Connors, he had created a poem, picking one arduous letter at a time from a list she would show him.
I read that poem with him in front of his school and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. 
I told him: “Young brother, if you write 30 poems I will publish a book for you”. Two years later, I received a package in the mail - 30 poems created by this brave young man named Jack Noble. I couldn’t believe it, but then I also knew it would happen somehow... he was a fighter. 
On August 1, 2016, with the help of the community at Chatham High School Taree, we launched his collection, named after that first poem he wrote in 2014: ‘Me’. Many of you ordered his book online after hearing of Jack through me. Thank you. 
Publishing his poetry was not a charity case for anyone. Jack had something important to say, and the slow process he had to use to create each poem meant that his writing was crystallised - there was no wasted line or letter. This is something most poets find it hard to adhere to. Jack did it just by means of his process and circumstance, and persevered when most of us would have given up. 
The launch was a special day - I somehow kept it together to read all 30 poems with him by my side on stage. It was one of my favourite gigs, an honour really.
The auditorium was full, the local news station came out to do a story. People heard Jack’s voice - many for the first time. 
I prayed for him yesterday, went to the ocean and spoke to him. 
He was a special human and still a powerful spirit. 
I send love and respect to the Noble family, all the staff, students and elders in Taree and everyone who knew him. 
A sad day, but he is free of the shackles of his vessel now. 
Love you my brother, always.

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Fly high Jack was a pleasure to know you ❤️😘

Love you big fella..

Bless our beautiful Kylie Owen for bringing you into Jack's life.

Our son went to school with Jack, we brought the book of poems. It will be cherished. Fly high Jack ❤️

where can i order his book?

Rest in peace jack, your kind heart touched many lives

Rest In Peace Jack. It was a privilege to hear your poem.

Fly high young Jack 😇🙏, you beautiful gorgeous soul, such a wonderful story & so heartbreaking 😢 Thankyou for your generosity Luka towards Jack & your friendship 💙🙏

A beautiful tribute to a brave young man. 😢🌹🌹

RIP Jack you will be one person our family will never forget. Xxxx

Where can we buy a copy of the poems?

Such heartbreaking news. What an incredible achievement in his short life ❤

Fly high beautiful one 💙😘

Bless you Jack, and you Luka for your friendship towards him. <3

Rest In Peace Jack you always Made everyone’s day the best when they seen you you are our heroes

wow no words

❤️ breaks my heart he always has a smile on his face at school rip brother you won't be forgotten

RIP free and flying high

Thank you Luka for sharing Jack’s story & his amazing achievements. He was a gift from God & so was your hand of friendship & compassion. You will meet again in heaven, but until that time his story is an inspiration to us all. Keep doing what you are doing Luka , as it is God’s plan & He is with you always. 🙏💕

Awww you were and always will be a beautiful soul Jack 🙂 my heart goes out to all of the CHS community and your family and friends

Rest In Peace ... 💕❤

So sorry I use to look after him for a while. In his last year of high school I read his book. What a great achievement. Fly high

Do you know how to get the book Rebecca. xxx

Beautiful Luka, Incredibly heartfelt. Fly high Jack

Not a dry eye here. My daughter has a degenerative muscle disease. Finding one’s voice is a key awareness of self. “Me”. That’s why we’re here. And Jack found himself in relationship with you and people who cared. I would love to hear the poem.

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Please share far and wide my peoples!!!!

Celebrating 10 years since I first penned 'May Your Pen Grace The Page', and the crazy fact that it's been included on the NSW Australian curriculum for year 12 students to study until 2024 - here's new video for a old classic.

This new clip goes out to all the teachers who placed my work in their classrooms and dug into wider definitions of what poetry can be. Thank you for working in the trenches everyday and helping young people realise that their voices are crucial, too.

Salute,

Luka

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A Monster and Bear Production
Director: Ryan Bird
Producer: Jessica Pearce
Cinematographer: Justin Carrig
Gaffer: Charlie Moukbel
Sound Recordist: Glenn Nicol
Editor and VFX: Ryan Bird
Location courtesy of 124 Whitehall Studios, Footscray
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3 weeks ago

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What a legend! Samara Alali Quyen MT Bria Jayne

oooooofff!! Dope bruh

Amazing! I use your work to inspire my kids. Thank you for your passion

Thanks, Luka! My students at WAB in Beijing continue to be inspired by you and your work.

my brother..this one still my favourite. makes me want to get crearive and write. thankyou bro ❤❤❤❤❤ sending much love always 👍🏼

My all time favourite piece with my new all time favourite video. You killed this one Luka. Thank you ♥️😇

Flippin' amazing L. You are incredible!

Thank you Luka!! I’m still inspiring young poets with your words after all this time. Keep it coming 👏🏻

Know this off by heart, still such a powerful piece so many years later. Listened to the Please Resist Me album on repeat for most of 2014. Your words touch peoples lives, bro. ♥️

One of my favorites

Incredible vid L. Legend. 🙂

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Bec Atkins Stephanie Alexandra Amy Hobby Parker

Thiruvulaan Yoganathan Cat Graveson

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Sending love and strength to my peoples in the frontline they call the U.S. of A. I know there are a lot of good people out there doing powerful work. I hope things get better. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sending love and strength to my peoples in the frontline they call the U.S. of A. I know there are a lot of good people out there doing powerful work. I hope things get better.

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I love this so much.

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