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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.

Wed 3rd to Sun 28th August at Summerhall Edinburgh Festival Fringe at 2.00pm Biscuit of Destiny.

Mon 15th August a family event at 10.30am at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Mon 19th September a postponed gig at Wilton's Music Hall London E1 at 7.30pm Love Cuts.

Full details of the following will be posted in due course:

Camden New Journal street party at noon on Sun 11th September

Morecambe Poetry Festival PM of Sat 17th September

Keats House Cabaret Thurs 29th September

Mini mini bit at Dalson's Cafe OTO with jazzer Chris Dowding, Mon 3rd October

Leeds Chapel FM full show, Fri 9th December

Islington Folk Club with floor spots Thu 15th December


'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'

'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: 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 ALSO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS: Geology & Geopoetics: a Virtual Conversation in which two Emeritus Professors discuss how geology is fundamental to geopoetics using the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset as a case study. John has collaborated with the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics a number of times, including this caption competition:


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, Partan Press Children's Books, the Jelly Rollers Dragon (love child of Keith Moore of the Popticians) and the Hat in the Cat hat shop.

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......



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.



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.