Roger Mcgough

Roger Joseph McGough CBE (born November 9, 1937) is a well-known English performance poet. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please and records voice-overs for commercials, as well as performing his own poetry regularly. He is a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and a member of the Executive Council of the Poetry Society.
McGough was born in Litherland in north Liverpool a city with which he is firmly associated according to most people. He was educated at the University of Hull at a time when the chief librarian was Philip Larkin. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s, he met Mike McGear and John Gorman, both multi-talented entertainers together they formed a comedy group called The Scaffold, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968 with their version of "Lily The Pink". McGough also co-wrote many of their songs. McGough was also responsible for much of the humorous dialogue in The Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine, although he did not receive an on-screen credit for it.

With Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, he published two best-selling volumes of verse entitled The Mersey Sound, and came to prominence as one of the "Liverpool poets" of the 1960s and 1970s. The Mersey Sound, first written and published in 1967, was revised in 1983, and then again 2007.