Festival Opening Event: As Far As I Know5:00pm | Wednesday 12 September 2012
|£N/A||1 Hour||Blenheim Palace: The Orangery|
A new book of poems by performance poet Roger McGough is always an event and As Far As I Know is truly a cause for celebration and a perfect way to open the 2012 festival. Hilarious and surreal, he is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too.
Newly elected President of the Poetry Society, Roger McGough has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for good behaviour. McGough’s work includes hit songs Lily The Pink and the Aintree Iron with comedy poetry and music trio The Scaffold, membership of The Scaffold successor the GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound poetry anthology with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, and presenting the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
This event is suitable for adults and those aged 14+.
‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent
‘a poemy torch in dark corners’ Ian McMillan Poetry Review