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‘Patron saint of Poetry’ heads to Shropshire

Hailed as ‘Liverpool’s own poet laureate’ Roger McGough is one of the country’s best known poets. He currently presents the long-running Poetry Please on Radio 4, and has been described as ‘the patron saint of poetry’ by Carol Ann Duffy, and this September Shropshire audiences will be offered the chance to revel in his words when the beloved poet visits Theatre Severn

Hilarious and surreal, Roger’s work has always appealed to a wide range of people, many of us will remember reading his work at school, whilst his work for adults has been critically acclaimed. Indeed Roger was awarded the OBE for services to poetry in 1997, and was also awarded the CBE lain 2015. 

This latest show sees the Liverpudlian poet reading a selection of vintage poetry, as well as one or two surprising pieces of new verse from his latest book ‘It Never Rains’ all delivered in the poets own unique style that is sure to keep Shropshire audiences enthralled.  

Poetry fans have something else to look forward to at the event as Roger will be accompanied by the performance poets ‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’.  The group have been together for seven years and combine classic poems with live music and have a sound that founding member Chris Hardy describes as ‘providing music to move the feet, and words that move the soul’

Venue spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘Theatre Severn has a long history of supporting poetry, from Carol Ann Duffy to Pam Ayres via Elvis McGonagall so Roger will be in good company. The addition of LiTTLe MACHiNe to the line-up is a real bonus, their transformation of classic poems into rock ‘n’ roll anthems really is quite something and is the perfect foil to Roger’s work. 

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe will be at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Thursday 15th September. Tickets are available by visiting the venues website or by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281.

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