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Roger Mcgough - Author

About the Author

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and educated at St Mary's College and the University of Hull. He has been a writer for many years, and his numerous collections have established him as one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in contemporary poetry. Among his most popular titles are Summer with Monika, Blazing Fruit and Defying Gravity, all published by Penguin, and for children An Imaginary Menagerie, Pillow Talk and Bad, Bad Cats. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE. His most recent books include 'All the Best' and 'Slapstick' and for adults,  'Collected Poems' and 'Selected Poems.'

Roger McGough now lives in London.

Featured books by Roger Mcgough

Other books by Roger Mcgough

Happy Poems

Happy Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

Poems to make you smile! Critically acclaimed poet Roger McGough has drawn together a fantastic collection of upbeat poems to bring happiness into your day with this uplifting collection Happy Poems. He reminds us that happiness can be found all around us in the everyday, in family, in books in nature and, of course, in our pets! Includes gems from the very best classic and contemporary poets, such as John Agard, Adrian Henri, Brian Patten, Carol Ann Duffy, Joseph Coelho, William Wordsworth and William Blake.

80

80

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

There are eighty of Roger McGough's wonderful poems in this hugely enjoyable collection, gathered into a new volume to celebrate Roger's 80th birthday! The poems have been specially chosen to reflect Roger's unique sense of humour, his wit and wisdom and sharp observations on all aspects of life. New, quirky illustrations by the author himself add further enjoyment!

Summer with Monika

Summer with Monika

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Summer with Monika is an honest and touching portrait of a romance, charting the progress of a love affair from the delicious intimacy of the honeymoon, with the milk bottles turning to cheese on the doorstep, through the stage of quarrels, jealousy, recriminations and boredom, to the point where love is as nice as a cup of tea in bed. Re-issued for its 50th anniversary, Summer with Monika is a hidden gem of British love poetry featuring beautiful illustrations from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

Poetry Pie

Poetry Pie

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

There are over 50 poems in this hugely enjoyable poetry collection with themes ranging from food and animals to school and ghouls. As always, Roger Mcgough's poems are full of wit and wisdom, with word play, puns and sharp observations on all aspects of life. He's even included his own unique line drawings which are full of humour and pathos. Children are sure to ask for another slice of this brand new poetry pie!

If Only We Had a Helicopter

If Only We Had a Helicopter

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Midge and co. are back! And this time there's a brand new four-legged friend in tow. New Dog needs a name and the boys need an adventure, so what are the three to do but sort it out themselves - there will be rescue missions, viking attacks and buried treasuregalore before the week is out. Laugh-out-loud adventures of childhood high jinks and rascality. Particularly suitable for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7+

I Never Liked Wednesdays

I Never Liked Wednesdays

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2015

Laugh-out-loud adventures of childhood high jinks and rascality. Midge and his friend are always getting up to all sorts of mischief. They live in Liverpool, but have grand ideas of running away to sea - but no one believes that they could manage such a courageous feat! Well, they'll show them. But when big sisters get involved, there's no telling how far their mischief will take them ...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

You Tell Me!

You Tell Me!

Author: Roger McGough, Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2015

Here are the football results: League Division Fun Manchester United won, Manchester City lost. Crystal Palace 2, Buckingham Palace 1 Millwall Leeds nowhere Wolves 8. A cheese roll and had a cup of tea 2 Newcastle's Heaven SunderlandA's a very nice place 2 Ipswhich one? You tell me. Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters. This is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today.

It Never Rains

It Never Rains

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

It Never Rains by Roger McGough - an expanded edition of comic verse and free line drawings, from the nation's favourite poet While up at Magdalen Spent the time dagdalen. Moved on to Caius Became the baius knaius. 'Oxford Blues' is one of the many new poems in this expanded and revised edition of The State of Poetry, Roger McGough's book of short humorous verse which was published in 2005 as part of Penguin's 70s series celebrating its 70th anniversary. From a poem commissioned to commemorate Dylan Thomas in just 140 characters, which unfortunately comes to an end mid-word, to a pre-emptive erratum notice, these poems show McGough at his inventive, hilarious best - and there are also new line drawings by the author offered at no extra cost. 'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy Roger McGough was a member of the group Scaffold in the 1960s when he contributed poems to the Penguin title The Mersey Sound, which has since sold over a million copies and is now available as a Penguin Classic. He has published many books of poems for children and adults, and both his Collected Poems (2004) and Selected Poems (2006) are also available in Penguin. He presents Poetry Please on Radio 4 and is President of the Poetry Society. He was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001 and with a CBE in 2005 for services to literature.

As Far as I Know

As Far as I Know

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2013

As Far as I Know is a wonderful new book of poems by Roger McGough, the nation's favourite poet 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 Roger McGough's new book of poems shows him writing as fluently and inventively as ever. There may be a stronger strain of melancholy than before (the death of a regular in the local pub; the news that a daughter might be moving abroad), as well as a distinct sense of menace, small but insistent, which inhabits many of the poems. But there is plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too, including a scintillating series of haiku inspired by a London tube strike and a striking reworking of his famous 1960s poem 'Let Me Die a Youngman's Death', this time entitled 'Not For Me a Youngman's Death'. Who but McGough would characterize the butcher's window as 'the friendly face of the abattoir', or imagine the almost limitless ways in which we might go to bed? A new book of poems by Roger McGough is always an event. Published just ahead of his 75th birthday, As Far As I Know is truly cause for celebration. 'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy Roger McGough was born in Liverpool. During the 1960s he was a member of the group Scaffold which had an international hit with 'Lily the Pink'. He has won two BAFTAs and a Royal Television Award for his broadcasting work, and presents the popular Radio 4 programme Poetry Please. He has published many books of poems for adults and children, and both his Collected Poems (2003) and Selected Poems (2006) are bestselling poetry titles on the Penguin list. He was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool in 2001, and received a CBE in 2004 for his services to literature.

Until I Met Dudley

Until I Met Dudley

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2011

Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or a fridge-freezer, or a washing-up machine? In this fun-filled book of how things work, Dudley, the techno-wizard dog, provides the answers. Roger McGough's delightfully ingenious text and Chris Riddell's striking illustrations take children from the furthest realms of fantasy into the fascinating world of technology to discover the workings of familiar machines, making it an exciting book which will delight again and again. Two of the most inventive talents in children's literature, poet Roger McGough and illustrator Chris Riddell use their unique skills for entertaining and inspiring young readers to introduce them to the secrets of the technology around them. Roger McGough's witty text offers many weird and wonderful explanations ... Chris Riddell's artwork makes the whole an imaginative feast - Bookseller Runner-up for the English Association 4-11 Award for the Best Children's Picture Book. Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Mind the Gap Band 12/Copper

Mind the Gap Band 12/Copper

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

This hilarious set of poems by award-winning and much-loved poet Roger McGough explores the weird and the wonderful. Filled with brand new poems and accompanied by wonderful illustrations from Natalie Kilany, this book will resonate with young readers everywhere. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * A poetry book * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Choices

That Awkward Age

That Awkward Age

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2010

From laundrettes to contact lenses, Paul McCartney's trousers to plane crashes, McGough guides us through the pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of our illogical and unexciting lives, and finds the humour and drama hidden within. This new collection has a bonus section: in a series of wonderfully funny poems, responding to Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife McGough gives voice to a number of forgotten and longsuffering male figures: Lord Godiva, Mr Sappho, Mr Blyton, etc Presenter of Radio 4's Poetry Please and Britain's foremost popular poet, McGough brings us this happy collision of life, language and imagination with his unique and witty wordplay. His recent adaptation of The Hypochondriac playing at the Liverpool Playhouse has had fantastic reviews where, as with all his writing, McGough produces that rare sound, an audience rocking to rhyme (Susannah Clapp, Observer)

Said And Done

Said And Done

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

Roger McGough is one of Britain's best-loved poets, and something of a national institution. His name is ubiquitous with matter-of-fact Scouse humour, easy-going charm, and perfect observations of the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, whether you know him from his poetry, or from his regular broadcasts on television or radio. Roger first rose to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop group The Scaffold, who had two number one hits - Thank U Very Much and Lily The Pink. He began his poetry career performing with The Grimms, alongside fellow Liverpool poets Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, with whom he went on to publish The Mersey Sound, which remains the biggest-selling British poetry book ever. This is his autobiography - and like the best of his poetry it is packed full of hilarious observations, unbelievable stories, nostalgic reminiscences and bittersweet tales of love, life and loss. From his memories of growing up in Liverpool, playing in bombed out houses as a young boy, to the skiffle-crazed days of his adolescence, through to his time at university - and his meetings there with Larkin. He explores his sudden, almost overnight fame and success with Mike McCartney et all in The Scaffold, as well as his time working with George Martin, and co-writing the Yellow Submarine film script for the Beatles, through his international touring days, to the present. He certainly has many a story to tell about meeting some fascinating characters: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Alan Ginsberg, Pete McCarthy and Salman Rushdie all appear amongst others, but it's his sheer story-telling nous, and his gift for observing the minutia of everyday life, and to completely capture a moment in time which sets this apart from other books. His life story is one that will be universally identifiable to those who grew up with him - who embraced the verve and irreverence of the sixties, only to end up as slightly embittered romantic cynics. This is done here in the most funny, poignant, bittersweet, and melancholic autobiography you will read this year - a man whose hugely popular take on it all resonates with honesty and humour.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2006

An updated selection of Roger McGough's finest, best-loved verse. The complete span of McGough's writing, from the 1960s to the new millennium, is represented. 'McGough's trademarks: the craft worn as lightly as the crown, the jokes that are something more, the underlying heartache, the acute sense of the way time slips away' Ian McMillan, Poetry Review 'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out

Sensational! poems chosen by

Sensational! poems chosen by

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2005

The wonderful Roger McGough has drawn together a stunning collection of poems inspired by the five senses. Gems from the very best classic and contemporary poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Ian McMillan, John Hegley, William Wordsworth, Vernon Scannell and Michael Rosen will captivate any reader. Prepare for a welcome assault on your senses!

Wicked Poems

Wicked Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2004

This is a superb anthology of poems selected by the keenly wicked eye of Roger McGough. Poems from Jo Shapcott, Benjamin Zephaniah, Carol Ann Duffy, Shel Silverstein all jostle places with poems from new talent. It is a brilliant collection that takes wicked at all levels, from cheeky to naughty, from wild to exuberant, to dowright, pure, evil ...Wicked! 'An outstanding collection of poems by poets past and present' - Financial Times . 'The collection is full of jokes and entertaining wordplay, and an overarching sense of cool, while Layton's scribbly illustrations complement the sense of unstuffiness' - Sunday Times .

All the Best The Selected Poems of Roger McGough

All the Best The Selected Poems of Roger McGough

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2004

A wonderful selection of over 100 of Roger's own best-loved poems from his vast Puffin catalogue of poetry collections. Lots of favourites and some lesser known surprises, too. Packed with fabulous Lydia Monks illustrations throughout.

The Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2003

A brilliant collection of brand-new poems from 'the patron saint of poetry'. Longer, narrative poems sit comfortably with Roger McGough's sharper observations and insightful words in this collection, perfectly illustrated in black-and-white line by Helen Stephens.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2001

Roger McGough is one of Britain's best loved poets and this collection 'charts [his] passage from youthful exuberance to the wry reflection of his later years. What remains the same throughout the 40 years is the poet's winning wit, accessibility and abiding readability' Independent ---------------------------------- 'Time has confirmed ... that McGough's talent was much more substantial than many of his long-forgotten detractors suspected. If he was a pop poet it was not in any ephemeral sense. A shy extrovert ... he has given voice to poetry and found a voice of his own which is humourful, introspective, irreverent, easy on the ear, conversational. It is also memorable and enduring and fresh. Age has not withered [his lines] nor diminished their potency. Of how much modern poetry can you say that?' Sunday Herald

The Big Book of Little Poems

The Big Book of Little Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/1999

Roger McGough has teamed up with people as diverse as Billy Connolly, Quentin Blake and the Prime Minister, to create a unique collection of poetry for children of all ages - poems that are funny, sad, strange, amazing, but above all, short.'

Bad, Bad Cats

Bad, Bad Cats

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/1997

A brilliant new collection of poems. The poetry contains the clever word-play, rich ideas and humour associated with Roger McGough. It includes a series of poems about the exploits of some gangster cats and verse based on CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Saint Saens.

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1993

In this evocative and personal collection of poems Roger McGough comes to terms with painful memories as well as confronting fears that are universal. Here he remembers his father in `Squaring Up' and `Alphabet Soup'; observes the eccentricities of contemporary life in `The City of London Tour'; gives insights into human feeling with the surreal `Your Favourite Hat' and the moving elegy `Defying Gravity'; and muses on writing itself with `Word Trap' and `The Darling Buds of Maybe'. There are even witty poems dedicated to the chemical elements. Blending the everyday and the magical, his verses sparkle with verbal dexterity, irreverent humour, irony and heartfelt compassion.

Pillow Talk A Book of Poems

Pillow Talk A Book of Poems

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/1992

Wouldn't it be funny if you didn't have a nose? The brilliant and clever Roger McGough asks this and other important questions in this marvellous collection. He also tells you exactly when to cut your fingernails, how to have a real pillow fight and what happens when a burp escapes!

Sky in the Pie

Sky in the Pie

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1985

Waiter, there's a sky in my pie! Roger McGough has cooked up a delicious feast of poems. This spicy collection contains only the finest ingredients - wit, sparkle and thought-provoking insight from a very superior source. Get ready to have your tastebuds tickled! Warning: some poems will make you choke with laughter, some need to be chewed very carefully.