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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. Note that the Wilton's Music Hall gig scheduled for 7th February has now been postponed until 18th July.

Wed 25th and Thu 26th May at Bristol Wardrobe Theatre at 7.30pm Drawings of Dromedaries and Other Creatures.

Sat 28th May at The Lowry Manchester at 8.00pm Drawings of Dromedaries and Other Creatures.

Fri 24th June John is booked to appear in the Glastonbury Poetry Tent in the late afternoon.

Fri-Sat 8th-9th July John will be doing two shows at Herefordshire's Ledbury Poetry Festival. Friday's show at 4.00pm is Edinburgh Fringe preview Biscuit of Destiny followed the next day at 11.00am by children's show I Am A Poetato.

Sun 17th July at Belgrade Theatre Coventry at 8.00pm Drawings of Dromedaries and Other Creatures. Followed by a book signing.

Mon 18th July at Wilton's Music Hall London E18 at 7.30pm Love Cuts accompanied by the double bass of Julia Doyle and the single brass of Chris Dowding.

Wed 20th July at Live Theatre Newcastle at 7.30pm Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Biscuit of Destiny.

Thu 28th July at Lauderdale House Highgate Hill London at 7.00pm the Hegley and Cannelloni Family Show.

Fri 29th July at Pound Arts Corsham at 7.30pm Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Biscuit of Destiny.

Sat 30th July John will be appearing at the Womad Festival in Malmsbury Wiltshire at around 3.00pm. Note that tickets are not available for individual performances at this event.

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

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: 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, 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......

 

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.