I Never Liked Wednesdays by Roger Mcgough

I Never Liked Wednesdays

Written by Roger Mcgough
Illustrated by Michael Broad

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One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough describes a couple of the adventure he had with Midge. They might have taken place back in the 1950s but they are just the kind of thing that children still find exciting today – running away to sea, a bit of secret agent activity around big sister’s party. In Barrington Stoke style, they’ve been written in a way that makes them accessible to all readers. True and funny, the stories are told with a simplicity and directness that makes them as refreshing as the breeze that buffets the ferries on the Mersey. ~ Andrea Reece

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I Never Liked Wednesdays by Roger Mcgough

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+

About the Author

Roger Mcgough

Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born on 9 November 1937 in Liverpool, England. He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art. He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967). A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won a Cholmondeley Award in 1999 and was awarded an honorary MA from Nene College of Further Education. He was Fellow of Poetry at the University of Loughborough (1973-5), Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University (1993) and is a member of the Executive Council of the Poetry Society. He was awarded an OBE in 1997.

He has twice won the Signal Poetry Award: first in 1984 with Sky in the Pie, then again in 1999 for Bad, Bad Cats. He is also the author of a number of plays, including All the Trimmings, first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1980, and The Mouthtrap, which he wrote with Brian Patten, produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. He wrote the lyrics for an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows first staged in Washington, DC, in 1984, transferring to Broadway in 1995. He has written for and presented programmes on BBC Radio including 'Poetry Please' and 'Home Truths'. His film work includes Kurt, Mungo, BP and Me (1984), for which he won a BAFTA award, and he won the Royal Television Society Award for his science programme The Elements (1993).

His Collected Poems, bringing together over forty years of McGough's poetry, was published in 2003, and his live poetry album, Lively, is now out on CD.

Author photo: Leila Romaya.

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Publication date

15th April 2015




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