Roger McGough(1937-), Poet
Sitter in 7 portraits
Born in north Liverpool, a city with which he is firmly associated, and educated at the University of Hull. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s he met Mike McGear and John Gorman, and they formed The Scaffold, a comedy group. Their song 'Lily the Pink' hit number one in the British charts in 1968. Along with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, with whom he published two best-selling volumes of verse, McGough became known as one of the 'Mersey Poets'. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please as well as performing his own poetry regularly. Gough is a Fellow of Liverpool John Moore's University and sits on the Executive Council of the Poetry Society.