A Gallery to Play to

BookA Gallery to Play to

A Gallery to Play to

The Story of the Mersey Poets

2008

February 1st, 2008

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A Gallery to Play to is an intimate account of the lives and careers of the poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. With unparalleled access to the three writers, Phil Bowen has written an indispensable book for anyone interested in poetry, popular culture and society over the last forty years.

'Written with verve, style and great personal insight.'
D. M. Thomas

'… a masterclass in how to write a group biography – elegantly written taking us on an imaginative tour of the streets of Liverpool and the sounds of 1960s/1970s.'
The Generalist, May 2016

About The Author

Phil Bowen is a poet and playwright. His previous collections include Variety’s Hammer.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents7
Author's Note9
Introduction11
1: The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene15
2: Roger McGough 1937-195825
3: Adrian Henri 1932-195632
4: Liverpool 1957-196141
5: Brian Patten 1946-196148
6: 1961-196853
7: The End of the Sixties91
8: The Seventies106
9: The Eighties139
10: The Nineties161
11: The Noughties187
Bibliography205
Index206