Luton’s own John Hegley will be reading from his new collection of poems – Peace, Love and Potatoes – at a special public performance at Luton Central Library.
The evening will give audience members a live, up-close experience of Hegley’s internationally-renowned poetry, music and comedy.
The man labelled ‘Comedy’s Poet Laureate’ by The Independent recently told Herald&Post sister paper The Luton News: “The new book is about my family, largely, and other people in my life that I’ve appreciated, such as Picasso and Charles Dickens.
“And there’s the time that I spent in Luton and Bristol.
“The title of the book suggests there’s some light-hearted matter in there.
“There’s also some matter heavier than potatoes, like melons.”
Anyone on the lookout for looking for a unique Christmas gift can have a copy of the book signed by the man himself.
He will also be at the library during the day, working on poetry with children from two local schools. Members of the public are welcome to drop in and have a listen.
The performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter is a great supporter of Luton Central Library, having worked there shelving books in his youth.
He recently wrote a special poem about his experiences of the library for its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival, and has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival and the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, as well as presenting his own shows on BBC Radio 4.
He has appeared on TV quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks, starred in Simon Callow’s West-end revival of the musical The Pajama Game, and has had nineteen books published.
His poem “Malcolm” was voted Britain’s second favourite comic poem in 1998.
An Evening with John Hegley is on Thursday, December 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5, book at www.lutonculture.com or on 01582 547474.