Stapleford Granary

Event description

Thursday 22 October  | 19.30 | £15 | £8 under 16

John Hegley - Performance Poet - New and Selected potatoes

Performance poet, comedian and singer John Hegley will bring his unique mix of spoken word and chaotic comedy to Stapleford Granary with his trademark whimsical musings on subjects including his love of the humble potato.

John is a performance poet and comedian claimed as one of their own by both the alternative comedy pros and children’s performers. In her recent book ‘ Can’t Sit Down For Standing Up’ Jo Brand says he is one of the countries best comedians. He is a brilliant entertainer and can create an immediate intimate atmosphere in any space.


Johns collections include Glad to Wear Glasses (1990), Can I Come Down Now Dad (1991) and Dog (2000). He has published a volume of verse for children, My Dog is a Carrot (2002). In 2008 he coedited an anthology of poetry for young people, The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To, with Sophie Hannah. His most recent collections are Peace, Love and Potatoes (2012), New & Selected Potatoes (2013) and I am a Poetato (2013). 

John Hegley has also released his own CD of songs and poetry, 'Saint and Blurry', and collaborated with Robyn Hitchcock as John Hegley and The Popticians.

In 2000 he received an honorary Arts Doctorate from Luton University, where he has also let creative writing classes. Hegley launched "Warning: May Contain Nuts", a project using comedy to increase awareness of mental illness. He performed these shows in 2010 with other performers, including comic Mackenzie Taylor, talking about mental illness.