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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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Roger McGough 1937–1958

Roger McGough 1937–1958

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(p.15) 2 Roger McGough 1937–1958
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A Gallery to Play to
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312496.004

Seaforth, an arid suburban plain in Liverpool that spreads monotonously along Bridge Road, less than a mile north of Bootle, is the birthplace of Roger McGough, whose early memories were the sounds of tugs' foghorns on the Mersey. McGough attended St Mary's Prep School and received a scholarship to St Mary's Grammar School, an institution whose alumni include Kevin McNamara, John Birt, and Laurie Taylor. During his stay at the grammar school, he undertook elocution lessons arranged by his mother, Mary McGough, in an attempt to cure his habit of talking too quickly. The young McGough was an avid reader and always near the top of the class. In 1958 he attended his first poetry reading courtesy of an established poet by the name of Christopher Logue, who would have a profound impact on his life.

Keywords:   Seaforth, Liverpool, Roger McGough, Christopher Logue, Mersey, St Mary's School, poetry reading, Mary McGough

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