Safety in Numbers
Part of Ideas & Spoken Word
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Presented as part of Lyra – Bristol Poetry Festival 2022
Roger McGough is the author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children.
What will we have learned from stillness and silence?
From sharing, not taking? Waiting not pushing?
Whispering not shouting? Dawdling not rushing?
Safety in Numbers is a new collection from the nation’s favourite poet. Traversing rocky terrain with the assurance of a poetry Rover on Mars, McGough brings down to earth the strangeness of a time on hold. Staycations, adultery in lockdown, ghosts and gamblers, as well as playful advice to up and coming poets. (Don’t do it!) With the gift of many tongues, playful, surreal and tender, McGough, ‘a trickster you can trust’, reveals the telling moments of our lives.
President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. After Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and his Molière adaptations with English Touring Theatre, Roger presents the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
Roger’s performance will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
‘The godfather of modern British poetry’ Metro
‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy
‘Brilliantly entertaining…a legend’ Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music Presenter
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