Safety in Numbers is a new collection from the nation’s favourite poet. Traversing rocky terrain with the assurance of a poetry Rover on Mars, McGough brings down to earth the strangeness of a year that was almost lost. Staycations, ghosts, gamblers, hurricanes in a hurry and small kindnesses. Unexpected voices, a nature trail, adultery in lockdown, time to stand & stare and how to write verse about Liverpool. This is an evening of poetry and love and intimacies and daffodils. You Have Been Warned.
With the gift of many tongues, playful, surreal and tender, McGough ‘a trickster you can trust’ reveals the telling moments of our times.
President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. After Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and his Molière adaptations with English Touring Theatre, Roger presents the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.
‘The godfather of modern British poetry’ Metro
‘Brilliantly entertaining, a legend’ Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music Presenter
‘a voice of calm in a world of madness’ Nick Dalton, Record Collector
‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy
Keith has written for Coronation Street, for several well-known comedians, and he is a published playwright. His poems have been published in major journals, and in The Guardian, and he has had many competition successes.
Keith’s debut poetry pamphlet, Routines, was published in 2016 by Poetry Salzburg and his Smith Doorstop pamphlet, Troupers (2018) was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice. His debut full collection, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, was published by Bloodaxe in February 2019 and has been selected as a Read Regional book by New Writing North.
He has an MA in poetry from the Writing School at Manchester Met University and he delivers poetry and performance workshops for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and for The Poetry School.
Keith tours extensively with the former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
A Mancunian until the seas boil dry, he now lives in Halifax.
Keith Hutson is a wonderful talent. - Carol Ann Duffy