Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

An Evening with Elvis McGonagall (a Fringe event)

As one of the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe events for 2014, Elvis McGonagall will be appearing at The Hive, The Butts, Worcester on Wednesday, September 24th at 7.30.p.m. Tickets - £10.00 available via PayPal at www.worcslitfest.co.uk
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                          17.8.14

UK Touring presents


Photo credits: Joss Barratt (upper) / Anna McCarthy (lower)


BBC1 The One Show, Belfast Book Festival, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, C4’s Random Acts, Port Eliot Festival, Bang Said The Gun and R4’s Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side


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.


Elvis has written and performed for The Today Programme, The Culture Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, A Good Read, The World Snooker Championships (BBC2) and BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co. He was Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence 2007. His poetry collection Mostly Dreich is published by Nasty Little Press.


‘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


‘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


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


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


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



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