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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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The Nineties

The Nineties

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Three decades after the publication of The Mersey Sound – a turning point in British poetry – the Mersey Poets remained visible on the literary scene. The beginning of the 1990s saw Brian Patten publish Thawing Frozen Frogs, a follow-up to Gargling With Jelly. He would later come up with The Puffin Book of Twentieth-Century Children's Verse and two other children's books, Grizzelda Frizzle and Other Stories and The Magic Bicycle. In 1992, Penguin published Roger McGough's You at the Back; a companion, Selected Poems, and Defying Gravity. McGough also wrote a children's book, An Imaginary Menagerie, and was asked by Adrian Forsyth to become chairman of Chelsea Arts Club. However, he chose to join the Council of the Poetry Society upon the invitation of Carol Ann Duffy. For his part, Adrian Henri was commissioned to write a poem entitled ‘Winter Ending’ for the Labour Party's next manifesto.

Keywords:   Mersey Poets, Roger McGough, Brian Patten, Adrian Henri, British poetry, children's books, Carol Ann Duffy, Poetry Society, Labour Party, Defying Gravity

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