One of Britain’s best known poets to visit the Hive this October

A black and white photo of poet Roger McGough standing in front of a tree.
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Published Friday, 10th September 2021

One of Britain’s best known poets is visiting the Hive this October.

Roger McGough is coming to the library on the 6th October and will be reading from his new poetry collection; Safety in Numbers.

His new collection focuses on the strangeness of a time on hold: staycations, adultery in lockdown, ghosts and gamblers, as well as playful advice.

The event will be also available to be viewed online. You can book on to the stream by visiting the dedicated Roger McGough livestream event booking pages on the Hive website. 

You can book onto the in person event by visiting the dedicated Roger McGough event booking pages on the Hive website.

Roger has written over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children in his career, including poems such as Lilly the Pink and books such as the Mersey Sound. He is also well known for hosting the long running Radio 4 show Poetry Please. 

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s fantastic that we’re now able to welcome visitors back to libraries, and it is great to see The Hive opening its doors again to the some of the nation’s favourite poets and authors. Roger McGough has been described as the Godfather of British Poetry, so it’ll be a real honour to welcome him to Worcestershire to read his new collection. This is a really special event for all the county’s poetry fans, and can even be streamed online if you can’t make the event, so I’d urge all poetry fans to book themselves a ticket.”

Roger will be supported at the event by stand-up poet Jonny Fluffypunk, and there will be a Q & A held afterwards.

Roger is President of the Poetry Society and he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature, and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.