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Roger McGough is the author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children.

What will we have learned from stillness and silence?

From sharing, not taking? Waiting not pushing?

Whispering not shouting? Dawdling not rushing?

Safety in Numbers is a new collection from the nation’s favourite poet. Traversing rocky terrain with the assurance of a poetry Rover on Mars, McGough brings down to earth the strangeness of a year that was almost lost. Staycations, ghosts, gamblers, hurricanes in a hurry and small kindnesses. Unexpected voices, a nature trail, adultery in lockdown, time to stand & stare and how to write verse about Liverpool. This is an evening of poetry and love and intimacies and daffodils. You Have Been Warned.

With the gift of many tongues, playful, surreal and tender, McGough ‘a trickster you can trust’ reveals the telling moments of our times.

President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. After Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and his Molière adaptations with English Touring Theatre, Roger presents the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on.

Birmingham-based Polish poet Bohdan Piasecki will open the event. A committed performer who has taken his poems from underground Tokyo clubs to BBC Radio. Bohdan founded the first poetry slam in Poland before moving to the UK to get a doctorate in translation studies. He has worked as Director on the Spoken Word in Education MA course at Goldsmiths University. Since 2012, he has been a regular Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

Bodhan's poetry takes you on "voyages around identity, acceptance, kids & Polishness, with craft and depth and a twinkle to boot."

'rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits' The Independent

‘a poemy torch in dark corners' Ian McMillan Poetry Review

'a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat' The Poetry Society

‘another triumph’ Bel Mooney