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The show dates we presently have for John appear below. Please keep an eye on gig venues' web and social media pages for updates. John's latest book A Scarcity of Biscuit, which accompanies the current run of his show Biscuit of Destiny, is available from Caldew Press for £8.00 plus postage and packing. And woo-hoo, John is now on Spotify, where you can hear the Saint and Blurry album from deepest yesteryear. It can also be found on Youtube where you can leave comments and engage in discussion.

John is the subject of a new podcast entitled Wide-Eyed Creation: Crafting Your World, From Page to Stage with John Hegley, part of the Extraordinary Creatives series by Ceri Hand (opens in Facebook). John reflects on finding inspiration in everyday objects, overcoming challenges of fame, and the importance of mental well-being. Listen on Apple or on Spotify.


On Sun 3rd March at 2.30pm John and folk pop punk combo Blyth Power will be at London's Dublin Castle supporting Attila the Stockbroker and his band Barnstormer 1649. Running order: Attila poetry 2.45, Attila with Barnstormer 3.15, JH 4.15, Blyth Power 5.30.

On Fri 8th March there are two events at Ashby Parva Village Hall in Leicestershire - an afternoon workshop from 3.00-5.00pm and a poetry evening at 7.30pm. £15 for the evening and £10 for the workshop by cash, cheque to Ashby Parva Village Hall, or email johndgoodacre@btinternet.com for bank transfer details.

There are 2 shows on consecutive days in March at Burdall's Yard in Bath - on Fri 22nd at 7.30pm Biscuit of Destiny and on Sat 23rd at 11.00am I Am A Poetato.

On Mon 25 March at 8.00pm John will be doing 2 x 35 minute slots at a cheery old school folk gig in his native borough of Islington in the Cellar Upstairs (use link for venue and ticket info) at the Alpaca, 84-86 Essex Road, N1 8LU.

John is in Carlisle on Wed 27th March at 7.30 pm when Speakeasy presents an evening of poetry, spoken word and music at the Atlas Works in Carlisle. With Errant Thieves and special guests. Tickets £5.00 + BF from Skiddle or £7.00 on the door.

On Thu 28th March at 6.30pm John presents I Am A Poetato as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in the Flying Duck in Renfield Street. NB the listing in the link originally stated that over 7s could attend, but this has now been amended in line with venue policy to specify over 18s only. Anyone who booked a minor due to this error will be refunded.

On Sun 31st March Biscuit of Destiny is on the menu at Rhosygilwen Mansion in North Pembrokeshire. Details to follow.

John has a 30-40 minute slot at a Poetry Evening in Shrewsbury on Thu April 11th at 7.30pm. The venue is the St Nicholas Bar and Grill, SY1 2BQ  (opposite Shrewsbury Library) and tickets are £10 from liz.lefroy@btinternet.com.

On Sat April 27th there are two shows at Samuel Worth Chapel in Sheffield - a Let's Make a Bit of a Book Worm Workshop at 2.00pm and An American In Luton at 7.30pm.

On Sat 25th May at 8.30pm John is supported by Diego Brown and the Good Fairy, in a show presented by Lost Horizons at the Wanstead Tap in London.

Looking a fair way ahead, on Thu March 26th at 8.00pm we have An American in Luton in that very town's Hat Factory Arts Centre.

Reviews

'Family life would be a lot easier if you could just open the cupboard and pull out your Hegley every time things got fractious, heated or miserable'
The List

'Awesomely mundane'
The Independent

'Scandalously talented'
Sunday Times

'Bleeding marvellous'
NME

'Like a good deed in a naughty world'
Herts Advertiser

'Makes little sense'
Luton News

‘Marvellous, joyful fun'
The Telegraph

'An incurable entertainer'
The Guardian



John Hegley - Poet and Comedian

There's masses of interesting stuff about John's Islington connection in a blog called Islington Faces. Who knew that our man was once in a production of The Pajama Game directed by Simon Callow?

John's programme about his relationship with the French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau Who Does John Hegley Think He Is? can also be found here or via the app. It will be available until midnight on 31 December January 2098 so be sure to put that date in your diary to be certain you don't miss it.

JOHN HIGHLY RECOMMENDS this celebration of the poetry, prose and life of Sean Hughes, the much-loved comedian who died much too soon in 2017.

JOHN ALSO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS: Mel Brimfield's From This World, to That Which Is to Come exhibition, staged at The Tetley in Leeds in 2021, is still viewable online. Free, donations welcome. The show takes its title from John Bunyan's 1678 parable The Pilgrim's Progress, which describes a fictional pilgrimage from 'The City of Destruction' to 'The Celestial City'.

 

John on Facebook

Poet comedian John Hegley on FacebookYou can now keep track of John on Facebook - just click on the button. Note that this is a Community Facebook page and John isn't personally involved in it. Please don't use it to send him personal messages, use the email address on the Contact John page instead.


John's Picks

Go to the Links page to check out a pot pourri of things that have caught John's fancy. These include Julian Goodacre Bagpipe Maker, Clod Magazine, Luton Haiku, Paul Hegley, and the Jelly Rollers Dragon (love child of Keith Moore of the Popticians).


John's Fun Limerick Competition

The winning entries can be viewed by clicking here.


Catch John Online

Click here for John's thoughts on Morris Dancing in The Guardian's online comment pages......

 

I AM A POETATO (Reissued)

A creature collection, in alphabetical order including the guillemot, the hamstar, the micetro, the wise camel,
'I am the one who bore
wiseman number four.
We are the ones who went North
when the others went west...'

 And, Zoe:
 Zoë, Zoë
 you had to goë.
 I felt so sad
 I wrote this poë.

 

PEACE LOVE & POTATOES

Poet comedian John Hegley Peace Love & PotatoesThere's Trains. There's John Keats. There is Joan of Arc. There are trucks and boats and ship. With chips.

What's so funny about peace, love and understanding? With drawings largely by the author.

Find out more about the book.

 

NEW & SELECTED POTATOES

Poet comedian John Hegley Peace Love & Potatoes A greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff).

This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and - of course - potatoes.