In his late sixties, Adrian Henri was complaining of chest pains. In 1999 he had to stay in the Royal Liverpool Hospital for several weeks after his right side was paralysed. The following year Catherine Marcangeli organised a benefit for Henri at Philharmonic Hall, attended by Roger McGough, Brian Patten, and other members of his artistic family. Henri wrote one of his last poems, ‘Coronary Care Unit’, before he finally succumbed on December 21, 2000. During that time, Patten had been working on The Story Giant, a book of ghost stories, fables, and morality tales for children and adults. A month after the Labour Party won the 2001 elections, the Mersey Poets were granted the freedom of the city of Liverpool. In 2005, McGough published his autobiography. In October 2007, he and Patten began their 40-Love tour in Cardiff, highlighted by two shows at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. The Mersey Poets made their mark in British poetry by talking straight, shooting clean from the hip, and playing to the gallery.
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