Roger McGough is the author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children. Exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity. This is the nation’s favourite poet at his finest.
President of the Poetry Society, Roger has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, Molière adaptations for English Touring Theatre and the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
2017 embraced the 50th anniversary of the iconic & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10 – The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten and the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, broken promises and unfettered dreams, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. Plus a host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours. Roger’s significant birthday year saw the publication of 80 – a selection of poems for children (Puffin). And a new album The Likes of Us with LiTTLe MACHiNe.