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joinedupwriting – Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Saturday 30th March       7pm

Venue:  The Great Hall, Lancaster University, North Spine, Bailrigg , Lancaster LA1 4YW
Tickets:  £18.50— £16.50
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:
In Person: Great Hall Booking office, The Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University
By phone: 01524 594151

For the Saturday evening of our final weekend we have a very special event for you! In partnership with Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University we have a stunning evening of music and poetry with a literary legend. The triumphant return of Roger McGough to Lancaster.
Roger McGough is one of Britain’s best-loved poets. The author of over seventy books of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies, his 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.Roger’s show with LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising   poems set to music. Join us for a gala gig that’s making waves!For adults & 14+. The event will be followed by a book-signing.
President of the Poetry Society, Roger has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Roger is well known for being a member of The Scaffold (Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron) and GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, his Molière adaptations for English Touring Theatre and the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
Roger has continued to flourish in recent years. 2016 saw the release of a new album The Likes of Us with LiTTLe MACHiNe. 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, was 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 also saw the publication of 80  –  a selection of poems for children (Puffin). 2019 opens with Roger back on tour with a fantastic new poetry collection— joinedupwriting.
‘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
‘a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ – The Poetry Society
‘Liverpool’s own Poet Laureate’  – Daily Post
‘What a night. Roger and Little Machine stormed it’  – Bewdley FestivalFormed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe are the musicians, composers, and writers Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell & Chris Hardy. The ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. They have appeared with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Liz Lochhead, John Cooper-Clarke, John Hegley and many others. It’s poetry  –  but not as you’ve heard or seen it before. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!
  ‘It’s a long time since I heard something so exciting, a wonderful way of delivering poetry. The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world’. Carol Ann Duffy
‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old and new favourites all over again. They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke
 Photograph: Nick Wright Photography