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Roger McGough and Brian Patten on 50 years of The Mersey Sound, Lizzie Nunnery, Andrew McMillan

Roger McGough and Brian Patten on 50 years of The Mersey Sound, Catherine Marcangeli on the Tonight At Noon season, new music from Lizzie Nunnery, Bryan Biggs, Andrew McMillan.

Roger McGough and Brian Patten discuss the making of The Mersey Sound - the ground-breaking collection of poetry they created with the late Adrian Henri. Fifty years after the collection was published, and described by one critic as "a flash in the pan from a three-headed pantomime horse", they talk about the inspiration and the impact of The Mersey Sound.

The painter, poet, musician, and teacher, Adrian Henri, described by John Peel as "one of the great non-singers of our time", and the third member of The Mersey Sound poets, is the subject of Tonight at Noon - a new season of exhibitions and events in Liverpool. His literary and artistic executor, and curator of the season, Catherine Marcangeli, discusses Henri's total art vision.

Playwright and singer-songwriter Lizzie Nunnery performs an extract from her new work, Horny Handed Tons of Soil, which was inspired by both The Mersey Sound and Adrian Henri.

Bryan Biggs, artistic director of Bluecoat's 300th anniversary programme, discusses the history of one of the UK's oldest arts centres and its role in supporting generations of contemporary artists such as Jeremy Deller, Yoko Ono and John Akomfrah.

Prize-winning poet Andrew McMillan premieres his new poem in response to The Mersey Sound.

Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Ekene Akalawu.

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30 minutes


  • The Mersey Sound

    Roger McGough, Brian Patten & Catherine Marcangeli discuss the making of The Mersey Sound

    Duration: 13:30

  • Lizzie Nunnery

    The playwright and singer-songwriter performs an extract from Horny Handed Tons of Soil

    Duration: 04:58

  • Bryan Biggs

    The artistic director discusses Bluecoat's 300th anniversary programme

    Duration: 04:00

  • Andrew McMillan

    The prize-winning poet premieres his poem in response to The Mersey Sound; After Party

    Duration: 04:24

The Mersey Sound

John Wilson talks to the poets Roger McGough and Brian Patten about the 50th anniversary of The Mersey Sound

Tonight At Noon

Tonight At Noon

Adrian Henri - Painter/Poet/Performer, curated by Catherine Marcangeli is available to view in the Dickens and Gladstone Galleries, St George's Hall Liverpool from 12th April until 15th July 2017

Image: Adrian Henri circa 1964

Image credit: Catherine Marcangeli


Lizzie Nunnery

Lizzie Nunnery

Horny Handed Tons of Soil will be performed at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool from13th until 15th July as part of 50 Summers of Love.

Image credit: Decoy Media 

Bryan Biggs

Bryan Biggs
Bryan Biggs is Artistic Director of Bluecoat's 300th anniversary project.  

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan

Prize-winning poet Andrew McMillan premieres his new poem in response to The Mersey Sound.

Image: Andrew McMillan

Image credit: Urszula Soltys 


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest Brian Patten
Interviewed Guest Catherine Marcangeli
Interviewed Guest Lizzie Nunnery
Interviewed Guest Bryan Biggs
Interviewed Guest Andrew McMillan
Producer Ekene Akalawu




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