14 October 2018

Hilarious and surreal, Roger McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of his characteristic wit and wordplay too. We are delighted to welcome this most beloved of British poets to the Orange Tree, to read a selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems. The performance will be followed by a book signing.

Roger McGough’s 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 with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. ‘Lily The Pink’, ‘The Aintree Iron’, The Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, he now presents the long-running Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4. His Molière adaptations travel far and wide with English Touring Theatre.

2017 encompassed more McGough milestones than the average year. The 50th anniversary of the iconic and top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10  -  The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. Then the summer of ’67 epic poem of love and lust, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. November, Roger’s significant birthday month, saw the publication of 80  -  a selection of poems for children . The beat goes on.


‘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, TES

‘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

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