The extraordinary life story of the 'the patron saint of poetry', Roger McGough Roger McGough is arguably the most loved British poet of our time. His unique blend of matter-of-fact classic Scouse, humour and easy charm and his perfect observations of the idiosyncrasies of everyday life have translated universally into poetry for both adults and children - he has written over 50 books for both. He is a man with a fascinating life story - and he tells it well. He is unassuming to the point of shyness, but if you listen hard enough to decipher the soft mumble, he'll regale you with tales from his run ins with Larkin at university in Hull, to hanging out with Hendrix in a Liverpool bar, from his success with his band The Scaffold - fame as a pop star coincided with fame as a poet and meant two number 1 hit singles, Lily The Pink and Thank U Very Much - to his mates Paul and Mike McCartney. He'll tell you what John (Lennon) was really like, and how, after the phenomenal success of The Mersey Sound (the best selling British poetry book ever, which he wrote with fellow Beat-ers Adrian Henri and Brian Pattern) he was suddenly thrust into a world of fame which he found hard to deal with.
He'll tell you about being part of the British poetry scene for the last thirty years - including a very funny tale about being pursued by autograph hunters all around Liverpool, finally succumbing to them, only to discover that they were after an autograph - just not his. They wanted his dog's (Bran, son of Martha, dog of Paul McCartney). Luckily he can laugh about it now (he had to part ways with the dog though). Roger McGough has many a story to tell about the famous, but one only has to read his poetry to also see his gift for observing the minutia of everyday life, and his ability to completely capture a particular moment in time. And his life story is one that will be universally identifiable to all those who grew up with him - who embraced the verve and irreverence of the Sixties only to end up a romantic cynic, disillusioned and slightly embittered in late middle age. It is, perhaps, the autobiography of a generation; written by a man whose hugely popular take on it all resonates with honesty and humour.
Roger McGough has written over fifty books for both adults and children. uch travelled and translated he has won many awards including the freedom f the city of Liverpool and the CBE. He currently presents Poetry Please on adio 4.