The first collection of Roger McGough's I read was Gig - long after its publication (1973) and quite a lot longer after the first enthusiasts of the Mersey sound applauded McGough along with his co-conspirators, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, around the university circuit.
Those of us who emerged from childhood into Thatcher's Britain were used to hearing about the glorious days of self-expression we had somehow failed to appreciate fully from our prams, when everyone was travelling about re-inventing poetry and being a pop singer. But art and humanitarianism were now out in the cold and, as far as I was concerned, they had taken poetry with them. I picked up Gig because its cover made it look like the sort of record I would like. It was.
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Also reviewed in this week's TES are a selection of magical tales for pre-teens...
The Spiderwick Chronicle: The Field Guide The Seeing Stone Lucinda's Secret By Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black pound;5.99
Cat and the Stinkwater War By Kate Saunders Illustrated by Adam Stower Macmillan Children's Books pound;9.99
The Tail of Emily Windsnap By Liz Kessler Illustrated by Sarah Gibb Orion Children's Books pound;7.99
Old Peter's Russian Tales By Arthur Ransome Illustrated by Faith Jaques Jane Nissen Books pound;7.99
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