Literary Birthday – 9 November – Roger McGough

Happy Birthday, Roger McGough, born 9 November 1937


  1. I started writing poems at university and found a voice; a person within myself. I knew I would write poetry for the rest of my life.
  2. If I decide to be indecisive, that’s my decision.
  3. I am not a natural story-teller and find writing stories quite a slog. Poems, however, seem to come out of the air.
  4. It’s just like a nervous need and a reaction to write all the time. I think if I’m not writing poetry I’m not doing anything  worthwhile. I do write every day, but I don’t write a poem every day, just notes, doodles, and drawings.
  5. I discovered poetry in a physics lesson at St Mary’s College. ‘To hell with this, let’s have some poetry,’ Brother Ryan said, and he’d close his eyes and recite a poem in Gaelic. I was transfixed.

Roger McGough is an English poet, performance poet, broadcaster, children’s author, and playwright. He is the author of The State of Poetry. Follow him on Twitter @McgoughRoger

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 by Amanda Patterson

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