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John Hegley (w/Eleanor Moreton on fiddle) + Lucy Ayrton and Rory Evans (guitar)

Inveterate radio and TV performer John Hegley has a versatile CV. His poem "Malcolm" came second in a BBC survey to find Britain's most popular comic poem of all time. He's recorded sessions with his band The Popticians for The John Peel show, and more recently, starred in a Simon Callow-directed revival of the musical 'The Pyjama Game' in London's West End.

His shows include elements of poetry and music (he plays the mandolin)He also likes to utilise audience participation, for example by having a dog drawing competition during the interval, or by asking his audience to try writing poetry themselves.

He's a regular performer at The Edinburgh festival, has presented Border Television's 'Word of Mouth' series and published numerous collections of poetry, with themes ranging from the surreal through the humorous to the personal and emotional, and incorporating a number of recurring themes, notably glasses, dogs and reminiscences of his childhood in Luton.

Supported by Lucy Ayrton

Currently wowing Edinburgh Fringe audiences with her one-woman show 'The Splitting of The Mermaid', Lucy is a uniquely gifted poet and storyteller, with the ability to rekindle traditional fairy tales and make them spellbindingly relevant to a modern audience.

And Rory Evans.

The impossibly youthful Rory brings virtuosity, dexterity and harmony to his acoustic six-shooter. A performer who's playing lingers in the memory.

This event has been specially organised for Oxford Arts Group

Admission £8/£6 (Arts Group cardholders)

Tea, coffee, wine and cake will be available.

Meet inside the bookstore - come early for the best seats

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  • Moira L.

    Really fun and entertaining evening ... well done Dennis !

    September 8, 2014

  • Charo

    What a fab evening!

    September 7, 2014

  • Lorinda

    Excellent as ever!

    September 7, 2014

  • Mark B

    Just what this group is about! A great fun evening in the company of the wonderful John Hegley, and supported by two other talented artists. Left with a smile and a spring in the step! Thanks Dennis and Neil.

    2 · September 7, 2014

  • anna f.

    Best Arts Group event I've been to this year.
    'I am a guillemot and don't eat krill a lot ' !
    Loved all the audience participation and a mesmerising encore ; a real shame you missed this Neil but many thanks to you and Dennis

    1 · September 7, 2014

  • Barbara

    A most enjoyable evening with Lucy, Rory and John Hegley with Eleanor. Performances from the poet on topics as diverse as Luton, love and guillemots entertained us, with some eager participation from the audience.
    Thanks for arranging this event specially for the Arts Group.

    1 · September 7, 2014

  • Wayne C.

    John Hegley was devastating, Lucy was her usual brilliant self and Rory Evans was great on guitar. Then it all happened again in a rip roaring second half. A superb evening's entertainment. Dennis triumphs again!'

    3 · September 6, 2014

  • Cath

    Damn, having to miss this as I have the 'flu. I am sure it will be wonderful!!

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's now the interval and the first half has been spectacular. Even the warm up guitarist was great. Hopefully, more if the same to come in the second half.

      1 · September 6, 2014

    • Neil

      Glad you're having such a good evening, Stephen! And get well soon, Cath ;)

      September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tickets at the door I assume?

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have been meaning to pay to join but have not had time if I do it today how do I get a card?

      September 6, 2014

    • Neil

      Dennis has them available at The Albion Beatnik - just ask :)

      September 6, 2014

  • Neil

    I'll be in sunny Essex this evening, so I nominate Charo, Kersty, Wayne, Anna, Christine, Moira and all the other Arts Group regulars to extend their natural good cheer in the direction of anybody looking a bit lost or bewildered, particularly if they're new to the group. Thanks people. Wish I could be there. Looks like a belter! 2:-)

    September 6, 2014

  • juliette g.

    Sorry, I have a weekend visitor

    September 5, 2014

  • Alan

    I just saw Rory Evans at Wallingford Bunkfest, unaccountably busking rather than on the main stage, he is a brilliant guitarist and his music is beautiful...

    1 · September 5, 2014

  • Kate

    Sorry, will be at the seaside!

    September 1, 2014

  • juliette g.

    Sorry, have visitor arriving...

    August 10, 2014

  • christine k.

    Will be in Belgium that week-end

    August 9, 2014

  • Stephen (.

    Pay for tickets on the night or in advance at AB?

    July 9, 2014

    • Neil

      Dennis might make some tickets available to the public nearer the time, but as long as you've RSVPd here, you're absolutely fine to pay on the night.

      2 · July 10, 2014

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