Halesworth Arts Festival 2018

ROGER MCGOUGH & CHRIS RIDDELL

Saturday 20th October 2018 - 7:30 pm

SUMMER WITH MONIKA & other adventures in verse and drawing
PATRON SAINT OF POETRY, PLUS A GIFTED CHILDREN’S LAUREATE
Featuring the classic love story Summer with Monika and new poems narrated & illustrated by Roger McGough and Chris Riddell.

Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, he now presents the long-running Poetry Please. His Molière adaptations travel far & wide with English Touring Theatre. The beat goes on. @McgoughRoger

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and The Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.
2017 encompassed more McGough milestones than the average year. The 50th anniversary of the iconic & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10 - The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten. Then the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. A host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the RLPO in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours. November, Roger’s significant birthday month, saw the publication of 80 - a selection of poems for children (Puffin). The beat goes on.

Pre-show light meals available from 6.30 onwards. Please ring café to book a table. Tel: 01986 835624