John Hegley + supports
John Hegley + Mike Watts + Josh Overton (Pub Corner Poets) + Peter Knaggs
John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson & Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC R4’s Hearing With Hegley. John Hegley is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name.
Mr Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.
His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.
He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.
He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women’s prison in Columbia.
With support from Mike Watts + Josh Overton (Pub Corner Poets) + Peter Knaggs, all of whom have recently published books. Special thanks to Dave Windass. x