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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.

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Roger McGough, by Michael Birt - NPG x23473

Roger McGough

by Michael Birt
bromide print on card mount, 1 March 1984
NPG x23473

Roger McGough, by Luke Archer - NPG x139991

Roger McGough

by Luke Archer
bromide print, 14 September 2014
NPG x139991

Sheet music cover for 'Thank U Very Much' by The Scaffold (Mike McGear; John Gorman; Roger McGough), published by Noel Gay Music Ltd., after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48539

Sheet music cover for 'Thank U Very Much' by The Scaffold (Mike McGear; John Gorman; Roger McGough)

published by Noel Gay Music Ltd., after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1967
NPG D48539

Sheet music cover for 'Lily the Pink' by The Scaffold (Roger McGough; John Gorman; Mike McGear), published by Noel Gay Music Ltd., after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48540

Sheet music cover for 'Lily the Pink' by The Scaffold (Roger McGough; John Gorman; Mike McGear)

published by Noel Gay Music Ltd., after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1968
NPG D48540

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Roger McGough; Mike McCartney; John Gorman

by Mike McCartney
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88782

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

John Gorman; Roger McGough; Mike McCartney

by Mike McCartney
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88783

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