Rhyme and reason for Roger's success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

Roger McGough - “World around me inspires me to write.”

Roger McGough - "World around me inspires me to write."

ONE of Britain s best loved poets will be hosting an evening of stories and poems at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Sunday. Roger McGough, award winning playwright, broadcaster, children s author, and poet, will be talking about his autobiography, Said And

ONE of Britain's best loved poets will be hosting an evening of stories and poems at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Sunday.

Roger McGough, award winning playwright, broadcaster, children's author, and poet, will be talking about his autobiography, Said And Done.

The book is about the extraordinary working class Catholic life Roger has led, from growing up in Liverpool, to co-writing the script to Yellow Submarine.

Roger, who was also one third of 60s hit group The Scaffold, with John Gorman and Paul McCartney's brother Mike McGear, has been writing poetry since his late teens, when he went to Hull University.

He said: "The world around me and my internal life inspires me to write."

Performing poetry in front of audiences has enabled Roger to build on his collection of poems.

He said: "Reading my poems to an audience has kept me writing. If I didn't I wouldn't have new work."

Throughout his career Roger has also produced children's poetry - a highlight of his career - lectured at colleges, worked in television and radio, and written song lyrics and plays.

Roger's talent for writing has led to his voice becoming more famous than his face, but he said he preferred it that way.

His work includes his most recent book, Everyday Eclipses (2002), the play All the Trimmings, the lyrics for an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and the film BP and Me (1984) for which he won a BAFTA award.

He also received the Royal Television Society Award for his 1993 film The Elements and the Signal Poetry Award (1999) for Bad, Bad Cats.

He said: "It's always thrilling and I'm always delighted to win awards but they are never things I go after."

Folk guitarist Andy Roberts will be accompanying Roger on his tour.

Roger said: "Andy is a master at playing music which accompanies poetry. He is a pleasure to work with."

The performance starts at 7.45pm. Tickets range from £10-£21 and are available by calling the box office on 01223 503333.

"Hopefully people will enjoy the show and have a laugh," Roger said.

Roger's book is priced at £17.99 in all major retailers.

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