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Roger McGough

Roger McGough

Biography

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and educated at St Mary's College and the University of Hull. He has been a writer for many years, and his numerous collections have established him as one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in contemporary poetry. Among his most popular titles are Summer with Monika, Blazing Fruit and Defying Gravity, all published by Penguin, and for children An Imaginary Menagerie, Pillow Talk and Bad, Bad Cats. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE. His most recent books include 'All the Best' and 'Slapstick' (due in August) and for adults,  'Collected Poems' and 'Selected Poems.'

Roger McGough now lives in London. See his website for more information www.r...

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PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
I was born in Liverpool in the Middle Ages.

FAVOURITE BOOK:
I don't remember reading a great deal. I remember reading at school, and I can remember first books like A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island. Libraries were things that you would be afraid of going into, in case you got told off. Books were not as readily available as they are now. My mother used to read me a bit of poetry. I remember that Enid Blyton poetry; I liked Enid Blyton.

Now, I read almost whatever comes my way, so I often read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote Leaf Storm. I read Ruth Rendell occasionally, William Boyd, and I like Paul Theroux and Beryl Bainbridge.

Most frightening moment?
Flying over the Tatry mountains in the Czech Republic during a violent snowstorm when the pilot announced to the passengers (most of whom were crouching under their seats) 'In fifteen minutes we might be landing in Koice.'

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Bibliography

Published by Puffin

The Bee's Knees jacket image
  • The Bee's Knees
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 25 2003
  • 8 - 12 years
100 Best Poems for Children jacket image
  • 100 Best Poems for Children
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 03 2002
  • 8 - 12 years
Bad, Bad Cats jacket image
  • Bad, Bad Cats
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 30 2003
  • 5 - 8 years
Pillow Talk jacket image
  • Pillow Talk
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 07 2003
  • 8 - 12 years
Slapstick jacket image
  • Slapstick
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 07 2008
  • 5 - 8 years
The Bee's Knees jacket image
  • The Bee's Knees
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: Sep 25 2003
  • 7 - 9 years
Sky in the Pie jacket image
  • Sky in the Pie
  • Puffin
  • ePub eBook: May 29 2003
  • 9 - 11 years

Awards

OBE

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