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The patron saint of poetry

Carol Ann Duffy

A new book of poems by Roger McGough is always an event and As Far As I Know is truly a cause for celebration. 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. Also featuring It Never Rains, a collection of new comical verses and superb drawings by the author at no extra charge.

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. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and presenter of the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.

Take comfort from this

You have a book in your hand

Not a loaded gun or a parking fine

Or an invitation card to the wedding

Of the one you should have married

A dirty syringe or a deadly scorpion

A molotov cocktail or an overdose

Not a loaded gun or a parking fine

You have a book in your hand

Take comfort from this

'His poetry is like a supermodel who can complete a Sudoku puzzle moments before swishing down the catwalk --- easy on the eye and smart as a whip.' Birmingham Daily Post 

'rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits'
The Independent

 ‘a poemy torch in dark corners'
Ian McMillan Poetry Review

'profound surprises and lasting images on almost every line'
Siân Hughes T.E.S.

'a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat'
The Poetry Society

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’
The Times

'Liverpool's own Poet Laureate'
Daily Post

The Bookmark Festival

The festival – a weeklong celebration of all things literary in the borough – runs from Saturday, April 18 until Saturday 25 and caters for readers of all tastes and genres.

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