All items: Roger McGough

Fifty years after taking part in his first poetry reading as a schoolboy, Brian McCabe reflects on what reading his work aloud means to him, and how communicating directly with an audience in this way has helped to shape his writing.
Poetry, furnished with ordinary people like bus drivers and sad aunts, and written in a language that was playful, witty and brand new, had an energy that was irresistibly exciting; it was the poetic cousin to The Beatles.
How a chance discovery in Compendium Bookshop of a xeroxed pamphlet of poems by an unknown author affected the young Rob Chapman’s decision to become a writer.