Mr Hegley Jnr. is on tour with The Sound of Paint Drying and arrives
in Manchester on June 5th for two nights at the Contact Theatre.
accompany the tour John Hegley has a new book out called, surprisingly,
The Sound of Paint Drying. It's described as 'a collection of poems,
sketches, songs, stories and diary entries which date back to boyhood
in a Luton bungalow', and does exactly what it says on the cover.
an interesting insight into the poets' early life exposing early
signs of his comic genius. But you can't help but feel that there
was a lot more that he wanted to say about his father.
'On Saturday me and my dad went to confession
I asked him what he'd confessed;
said he told the priest
lost his temper with me, again.
we went to London
on the train for a day out.
me and my dad
I wondered why it wasn't all of us.
I think maybe the priest
has told him to spend a day with his son on his own
as a penance.'
Sound of Paint Drying
would be easy to regard this book as a dipper, with seemingly unrelated
chunks of John Hegley's life, but I devoured it in one afternoon
- and it would have been sooner if I hadn't kept showing bits to
my family with declarations such as "He's lived my life"
and "Just read this bit about the man on the Tube".
If the show is half as entertaining as the book then I'd feel cheated,
as John Hegley excels in front of an audience.
The Sound of Paint Drying by John Hegley is published by Methuen