Poet remains in the pink

Roger McGough
Roger McGough
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Liverpool writer Roger McGough will be at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Saturday, February 19 (7.30pm), to celebrate the birth of a new collection of poems for adults – That Awkward Age.

He wrestles with mortality, seeks love in the launderette, perspires in the Foreign Legion, snaps Henri Cartier Bresson in Liverpool and jives in Macca’s trousers. He shares the pain of Lord Godiva and Mr Nightingale, considers his Final Poem and shakes a fist at Alzheimer’s.

McGough, who found fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine (which he helped write for The Beatles), now hosts Poetry Please on Radio 4.

• Tickets: (023) 9264 9000 or newtheatreroyal.com.