30 October 2016
John Hegley made his performance debut as a busker outside a shoe shop in Hull, and has since become one of the country’s best-loved poets. In a show suitable for both adults and children of 10 and up, John will be reading and singing verse from his three potato titles; Peace, love and potatoes, New and selected potatoes and I am a poetato. The subjects broached will be friends, family and, of course, food stuffs.
“More Elvis Costello than Alan Bennett” The Scotsman
“Scandalously talented” Sunday Times
John Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.
He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. He is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence. He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women's prison in Columbia.
Photo: Neil Walker, SVA