An Evening with Elvis McGonagall at The Hive


Wednesday, September 24th at 7.30pm


World Poetry Slam Champion 2006, UK Slam Champion 2006

UK All-comers’ Poetry Slam Champion 2004

‘funny, angry and tightly written…McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke’ 4-star The Scotsman

‘verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power…a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world’ 4-star The Guardian

‘side-splittingly funny’ The Reading Rant

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and a regular guest of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. His new R4 series is Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side.

Elvis has written and performed for BBC’s Saturday Live, The Today Programme, The Culture Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, A Good Read, The World Snooker Championships, BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co, Random Acts (C4), Café Direct and Greenwich Dance Agency. He was Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence 2007.

‘comic poetry with a stand-up charge, coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination’ Shortfuse

‘flamboyant, razor-sharp text, intense energy…reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson, all the right people’ Simon Vinkenoog

 ‘the fire is withering, even if it is delivered with a smile and a twinkle’ Greg Freeman, WriteOutLoud

‘A poet of panache & zip & steely politic & unadulterated tartan’ UK Touring

His poetry collection Mostly Dreich is published by Nasty Little Press.

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Fergus and his Trophy

Here are some photos of Fergus McGonigal, our new Worcestershire Poet Laureate, receiving his trophy at SpeakEasy last Thursday night.

Fergus has been MC at the LitFest’s SpeakEasy for a year, so all were delighted to see him awarded and recognised for his achievement.

Fergus and Maggie at SE July 14
Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle hands Fergus his Worcestershire Poet Laureate Trophy at SpeakEasy
Fergus and Trophy - July 2014
Fergus and Trophy – July 2014