- Luke Manning
Luke Andrew Manning (born
January 3rd 1978) is a British writerand musician. He co-founded the online magazine The Smoke Room and has been a freelance journalist for publications across the world, including The Guardianand The Moscow News. He has also had work published in The Daily Telegraph, The Belfast Telegraphand The Scotsman.
Toronto, Canada, Manning was brought up near London, UK. After attending Caterham Schoolin Surrey, he went on to study Biochemistryat the University of Warwick. He currently lives in Surrey with his wife Anita and children Annabel and Finley.
In 2006 he wrote a series of articles on
George Galloway, MP for Bethnal Greenand Bow, culminating in a feature on the London local elections where Galloway's Respect Partywas involved in the hotly contested Tower Hamlets seat. Allegations of vote rigging before the ballot and Galloway's high profile after his appearance on Celebrity Big Brotherpushed the article to prominence in The Guardian.
Having written promotional material for BBC Presenter
René Carayoland conducted interviews with then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, broadcaster Marcel Theroux, businessman Duncan Bannatyne, Pulitzerprize-winning author William Taubmanand musician Cormac Battle, Manning started up an online magazine and discussion forum called The Smoke Room with Ben Wilding. Designed to provide a platform for underground talent in writing, music and photography, it attracted an edgy, left field fanbase.
The Smoke Room closed a year later in 2007 after he went on to work full time as Creative Director for
René Carayol, across his Carayol and Inspired Leaders Network (ILN) brands. Manning's friendship with George GallowayMP was again evident when the politician became the first guest speaker of the 2007 agenda for ILN.
Inspired Leaders Network
ILN continued to attract a broad business audience throughout 2007 and 2008 with speakers and members including the Leader of the House Of Lords Rt Hon
Baroness Amos, Birmingham City FCChairman David Gold, BBC's The Apprentice winner Timothy Campbell, MOBOfounder Kanya King, AquascutumCEO Kim Winserand actor Colin Salmon.
As a business consultant Manning has helped shape the media profile of various public figures, including BBC newsreader
Kate Silverton, Chairman of OfstedZenna Atkins and celebrity chef Patrick Williams.
In October 2008 he co-presented the "Aspirational Non Celebrity" award with
400mGold Medallist Christine Ohuruoguto author Sandy Lewisat the Inspiration Awards For Women. The awards, held at Cadogan Hallin central London, were organised by the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
In February 2008 Manning joined forces with South London
Drum and Bassartist Andy Skopes to form the downtempo, alternative music project Smoke Room, using the name from his previous online forum.
Smoke Room were signed by Bath-based independent record label A Future Without later that month.
* [http://www.inspiredleaders.com Inspired Leaders Network]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/localelections2006/story/0,,1768358,00.html The Battle for Tower Hamlets]
* [http://www.theangelinvestor.com/article/100064/Duncan-Bannatyne-Enter-the-Dragon Duncan Bannatyne Interview]
* [http://www.carayol.com René Carayol]
* [http://www.myspace.com/smokeroommusic Smoke Room]
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