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10/10/2013

Roger McGough to appear at York Literature Festival 2014

One of the UK's most famous and respected poets, Roger McGough, has been confirmed as one of the headline acts at York Literature Festival 2014. McGough will perform at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York on Friday 28th March at 7.30p.m.

McGough is well known as a champion of poetry, and is the current presenter of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please. He was one of the Mersey Poets, alongside Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. As a member of pop group The Scaffold, he penned the lyrics for number one hit Lily the Pink in 1968. He also contributed to the script for the Beatles' film Yellow Submarine. His work has appeared in over 50 books, and has included writing for children and autobiography. McGough is an honourable fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and President of the Poetry Society. He was made an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2004.

Miles Salter, Director of York Literature Festival, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Roger McGough to the 2014 festival. He has been a figurehead for the spoken word for many years, and is a nationally known presenter of poetry.'
The 2014 festival will run from 20th - 31st March and will feature well known names as well as writers from the York area. The festival is sponsored by York St John University. The festival has recently secured funding from several sources: £6,000 from Community York (City of York Council money for developing community in York), £7,500 from the Arts Council and £7745 from the Clore Duffield Foundation for a special project with young people.

'We have raised over £20,000 towards the 2014 festival,' said Miles Salter, 'and have some nationally recognised names from the worlds of literature, broadcasting and politics coming to York. We're looking forward to an ambitious festival that will attract visitors to York from around the UK. It's great to see the festival developing incrementally each year. I'm grateful to York St John University, the Arts Council, Community York and Clore Duffield for their support.'

In 2013, the festival had its most successful year to date, with gross ticket sales topping £10,000 for the first time. The festival was started in 2007 by City of York Council's libraries, and became a voluntary group in August 2009. The festival works with local partners including York St John University, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, City Screen Cinema, St Peter's School and more.

Tickets for the Roger McGough show are priced £13.00 each and are on sale via York Theatre Royal from Monday 14th October 2013. For interviews, please contact Miles Salter on 01904 412892 or email milesinyork@hotmail.com.