Roger McGough, the ‘Living proof of himself,’ and President of the Poetry Society not only helped kickstart the musical careers of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, but inspired hundreds, if not thousands of young poets (well, quite a few), on their poetic journeys.
85 years old and at that awkward age now between birth and death, he puts on a brave face and takes to the stage for Tenbury’s Beatles Weekend with a show featuring new poems as well as old favourites.
The show takes audiences on a journey back to key moments of his life. McGough reflects on his Liverpool childhood before World War II, with memories and poems including The Overall Winner and Learning to Read and a throw-back to the 60’s and poems of the Mersey Beat. New verses have been added for Lily the Pink which takes a playful update on the Scaffold’s 1968 classic.
As well as laughs, there will be poems about growing old; A Joy to be Old, A Cure for Ageing and Let me Die an Old Man’s Death, which aptly round up the new show.
Poet, performer and broadcaster, Roger McGough has published over 100 poetry books for adults and children and has been called ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and ‘the godfather of modern poetry’. He was one of the Liverpool poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Brian Patten who influenced popular culture in the sixties. The Mersey Sound published…