Past Meetup

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

The Albion Beatnik

34 Walton Street, Jericho · Oxford OX2 6AA

How to find us

Meet at The Albion Beatnik from 7 o' clock

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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 ( 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