A Gallery to Play to

The Story of the Mersey Poets

Phil Bowen

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ISBN: 9781846311253

Publication: February 1, 2008

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A Gallery to Play to is an intimate account of the lives and careers of the poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. With unparalleled access to the three writers, Phil Bowen has written an indispensable book for anyone interested in poetry, popular culture and society over the last forty years.

Phil Bowen is a poet and playwright. His previous collections include Variety’s Hammer.

Author's Note Acknowledgements Introduction The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene Roger McGough 1937-1958 Adrian Henri 1932-1956 Liverpool 1957-1961 Brian Patten 1946-1961 1961-1968 The End of the Sixties The Seventies The Eighties The Nineties The Noughties Bibliograpgy Index

'… a masterclass in how to write a group biography – elegantly written taking us on an imaginative tour of the streets of Liverpool and the sounds of 1960s/1970s.'
The Generalist, May 2016

'Written with verve, style and great personal insight.'
D. M. Thomas

'Gives a real sense of real people and their and our real and recent poetic roots.'  
Poetry Review
  Poetry Review

'Highly enjoyable, accurately descriptive and very well researched…'
George Melly
George Melly  

'A warm, well-written and unpretentious account of three good men…'
Adrian Mitchell

Format: Paperback

Size: 235 × 156 mm

198 Pages

ISBN: 9781846311253

Publication: February 1, 2008

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