Saturday 12th May - 7:30 pm
Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
His autobiography Said and Done explores overnight fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine, which he helped write for the Beatles.
His top-selling The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 with Liverpool poets Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – now in Penguin Modern Classics – hits with The Scaffold and college touring with GRIMMS (Mike Gorman, Andy Roberts, Neil Innes, Mike McCartney and occasionally Adrian Henri, Zoot Money & Brian Patten) were followed by internationally acclaimed collections of poems & stories, regular broadcasts and edited anthologies.
He now presents the long-running Poetry Please.
‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy
‘Rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent
‘A poemy torch in dark corners’ Ian McMillan Poetry Review
‘Profound surprises and lasting images on almost every line’ Siân Hughes T.E.S.
‘A witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ The Poetry Society
‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times
‘Liverpool’s own Poet Laureate’ Daily Post
N.B. This event starts at 19.30