Roger McGough reading from As Far As I Know ‘moving poems on memory, love, ageing and youth’ The Independent. And from his updated edition of short humorous verse It Never Rains originally published as part of Penguin’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations. Plus LiTTLe MACHiNe’s ‘music that moves the feet for words that move the soul, bringing poetry to people and people to poetry.’
INTERVAL after the first set
Roger McGough, CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool ‘for good behaviour’, is President of the Poetry Society. His autobiography Said And Done (2005) explores his overnight fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold, and Yellow Submarine, which he helped write for the Beatles. He was part of The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and is presenter of the long-running BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please.
‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent
‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times
LiTTLe MACHiNe are a trio, featuring guitar-playing composer, arranger and singer Walter Wray, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer Steve Halliwell and poet and musician Chris Hardy. They have performed at literary festivals from York to Dubai, drawing on three thousand years of poetry – Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare,
Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin – they set classic poems to music and perform them with passion, skill and humour.
‘The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world.’ Carol Ann Duffy
‘They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales
At the end of the performance Roger McGough will be book signing.
This event is sponsored by Sarah and Peter Taylor, Seymour House Bed and Breakfast: