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Roger Mcgough - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Roger Mcgough

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

11+ readers

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

A selection of Roger McGough's finest, best-loved verse. This book represents the complete span of McGough's writing, from the 1960s to the new millennium.

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Other books by Roger Mcgough

Money-Go-Round

Money-Go-Round

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A witty and mischievous tale inspired by The Wind in the Willows, from renowned poet Roger McGough. Mr Toad has a shiny gold coin. He gives it to Miss Mole to pay for a room in her hotel. Now Miss Mole can pay Sam Stoat for painting the hotel, and Sam Stoat can pay back Mr Badger ... until the coin might just end up back where it started! From renowned poet Roger McGough and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Mini Grey, this is an inspired and witty tale featuring beloved characters from The Wind in the Willows.

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!

Poetry Pie

Poetry Pie

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

POETRY PIE is a brilliant collection of poems for children by Roger McGough.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. Illustrated throughout with his own unique line drawings which are full of humour and pathos. Roger McGough is one of the UK's most celebrated and distinctive poets. He is the author of more than fifty books and has written numerous scripts, including the script for the Beatles' film Yellow Submarine. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE.

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.

Until I Met Dudley

Until I Met Dudley

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

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. From the minds of the former Children's Laureate Chris Ridell, and award-winning fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Roger McGough, comes a fun-filled book about how things work. 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. At first, it describes how a child thinks things work... (gnomes in the toaster) and then Dudley tells you how the various household appliances really work. Includes all the appliances a curious child would be interested in: the dishwasher, the fridge-freezer and more. A funny, imaginative 'how things work' book for ages 4-7.

An Imaginary Menagerie

An Imaginary Menagerie

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

From the anaconda in a Honda (don't ask him for a ride, you might end up inside), to the zonk (good for nothing and very rude), from the useful catapillow and the reliable teapet to he newt who plays the flute, and the wordfish - who's a swordfish in a state of undress, this is an A-Z of animal poems with a difference! Choose your own favourite from Roger McGough's witty and wicked menagerie of rare breeds real and imaginary.

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

Slapstick

Slapstick

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

If Philosophy is the Why? And Science is the How? Then Poetry is the Wow! In this stunning, brand-new volume, you'll discover poems about poems, poems about life, poems about kangaroos and chameleons and caterpillars (though not in the same verse) and many more. This touching and thought-provoking collection will make you laugh, cry, or simply say 'Wow!'

You Have Been Warned! A Collection of Cautionary Verse

You Have Been Warned! A Collection of Cautionary Verse

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Here is a modern take on cautionary verse in the hugely successful tradition of Hilaire Belloc and others. Children getting into and out of trouble is the theme of this collection - which offers much scope for hilarious pranks and wonderfully sticky endings. With poems from poets as diverse as Hilaire Belloc, Shel Silverstein, Dick King-Smith, Heinrich Hoffmann, John Agard, and of course Roger McGough himself, this will appeal to all fans of the comic, the unfortunate, and the darkly humorous!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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