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Welcome to Poet comedian John Hegley's Word Wild Web Site

The show dates we presently have for John appear below. Please keep an eye on gig venues' web and social media pages for updates. 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.

'We'd Like a Word' podcast at Milton's Cottage Chalfont St Giles.
John was accompanied by poet and musician Clare Elstow, followed by a Q&A session hosted by presenter Paul Waters. Co-host Stevyn Colgan posted some video from the event on his Colganology YouTube channel.

John is also the subject of a 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.

 

At the Samuel Worth Chapel on Sat 20th July at 2.00pm there's a creative workshop for ages 8 and over entitled under the tree we made - a story with John Hegley.

On Sat 27th July John will be at the Southwick Festival. Tickets apply to 3 sessions, Friday evening, Saturday afternoon (with John appearing at about 5.00pm, a massive bargain for only £10.00!), and Saturday evening.

And he'll be back in Edinburgh for this year's Fringe from 1st to 26th August with his new show Do Horses Have Teeth, Sir? Myths, moths, no mathematics. Audio and visual stimulation. Devised for adults but not unsuitable for the odd nine-year-old.

On Fri 13th September the Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich is the venue for An American in Luton.

And on Thu 26th September at 8.00pm we have An American in Luton in that very town's Hat Factory Arts Centre.

On Fri 4th October at 7.00pm An American in Luton moves to the Midland Arts Centre in Birmingham.

Nottingham Playhouse is the venue for An American in Luton on Fri 18th October at 7.45pm.

On Sat 19th October at 4.00pm at the Book Corner, Halifax there's a workshop entitled NEVER BEES, BISCUITS, GRATITUDE AND WATER.

Followed at 7.00pm in the same venue by a performance of New & Selected Potatoes.

On Fri 1st November at 7.30pm An American In Luton resumes at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury.

And on Fri 8th November at 7.30pm John will be taking AMIL to the Anthony Minghella Theatre at Quay Arts in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

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'.

‘Putting You in the Picture'
John's Arts Council England project to take children on visits to art galleries in four cities with links to his personal history, and follow up with writing workshops back at school. There's an extensive free resource pack in PDF form for teachers, parents and carers, and poets.

 

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......

 

A SCARCITY OF BISCUIT

Poet comedian John Hegley Peace Love & Potatoes John's latest book A Scarcity of Biscuit, which was written as an accompaniment to his recent show Biscuit of Destiny, is available from Caldew Press for £8.00 plus postage and packing.

A colourful collection of musings, drawings and dialogues around the poems, letters and loves of John Keats. If you enjoy Keats's poetry, or want to get to know his work, this collection allows you to share in the author's passion for one of Britain's best loved literary figures.

 

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.