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Roger McGough looks forward to Wirral Bookfest
ROGER McGough headlines this year's Wirral Libraries Bookfest and is looking forward to sharing some new work with the audience along with his greatest hits, so to speak.
The much-travelled poet, author, playwright and radio presenter will be at Bromborough Civic Centre on Wednesday night, October 9.
He told the Globe: "During the summer I wrote some new poems and will be performing some of then along with my other work at Bromborough Civic Centre. It's good to get out and try them out.
"I enjoy travelling the country with readings and coming back home to Merseyside.
"There is bit more pressure when you do a show in Liverpool and Wirral because, invariably, there will be people there you know which is great and that's why I always include references to the area such as families and war time generations.
"I don't actually do tours,more one-night gigs here and there.
"I don't drive - a lot of poets don't - I suppose sitting on a train or plane gives you time to think and write."
The much-travelled poet, author, playwright and radio presenter of Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4 has another string to his creative bow - 'voice over' star.
His instantly recognisable voice,which he describes as 'class less',has graced adverts for supermarkets. It's a job he thoroughly enjoys.
"They approached me and I thought about it, then decided 'why not ?'
"There's nothing snobbish about it and besides I do shop there,some people might be snobbish about it but I am a working poet."
Roger is much-in-demand and also worked on a recent innovative project involving Poems on a Plate.
He said: "Seven poems appear on special plates commissioned by Birds Eye featuring the travels of Clarence the polar bear.
"A series of verse stories appear on a quarter of a million plates given away for free through Sainsbury's and Morrisons stores over the next few months to encourage children to read and get into poetry."
Roger's work appeals to all ages and his words are immortalised around a fountain in Liverpool's Williamson Square.
"I am very proud of that. When I have written a play for the Playhouse or appeared there with a reading, I always take a short stroll to see it."
Roger picks and chooses more these days,but says he is at home in a theatre, library or . . . civic centre.
One booking he is relishing is at the home of another famous poet - William Wordsworth.
"I am giving a reading in Grasmere. If I was a musician I would probably drive up there and back in a day, but I will make a two day break out of it and enjoy the leisure travelling there and back."
Roger, 75, is also proud of the success of Poetry Please and there will be a book released shortly featuring the Nation's top 100 poems.
His work features as does that of fellow Merseypoets - Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.
For now, the man who has been a called a 'juggler of words' is happy to read to the people who want to come and hear him and, of course, get a signed copy of his works.
And it looks like this popular wordsmith's latest visit to Wirral will be another sell out.
He said: "It's good to come tor this year's Wirral Bookfest," he says with a genuine smile and in that famous voice of his.
Roger's performance at Bromborough Civic Centre on Wednesday starts at 7.30pm.
Bookfest 2013 runs from 5-12 October at participating Wirral libraries. Full details on all events are from www.wirral.gov.uk/bookfest or your local library.
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