Poet stops off in town

PUBLISHED: 07:14 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

John Hegley is due to visit Saffron Walden as part of his European tour

John Hegley is due to visit Saffron Walden as part of his European tour

LEGENDARY all-round entertainer John Hegley is coming to Saffron Walden for the Harts Literary Festival as part of his European tour. The critically acclaimed singer, poet and stand-up will be performing in the Friends School Hall on Friday September 29.

LEGENDARY all-round entertainer John Hegley is coming to Saffron Walden for the Harts Literary Festival as part of his European tour.

The critically acclaimed singer, poet and stand-up will be performing in the Friends' School Hall on Friday September 29.

Organisers of the festival, which has been sponsored by the Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast, were thrilled to have secured such a big talent for the festival.

Organiser Jo Burch said: "We are hugely proud to be able to offer John Hegley's performance.

"He comes to us as part of his autumn tour, which has also taken in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will include a date at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge later in the year.

"See him in Saffron Walden first - thanks to our event sponsors, Friends' School and their caterers, Chartwells, our tickets are cheaper and you can enjoy free refreshments!"

Mr Hegley will be performing items from his recent book Uncut Confetti, a collection of prose, poems, and drawings conveying moods from melancholy to delight, from raucous to reflective.

Speaking of his latest show, Mr Hegley said: "In 1989, I performed my first solo show, Can I Come Down Now Dad?

"It was very hard on my father: 'I didn't understand his need to wallop me so much, except that it kept us in touch.'

"Sixteen years later in what would have been his centenary, my judgement has mellowed and I realise what he gave me: 'He would have sacrificed his life to save me.'"

Jo Burch said: "A live event of this calibre in Saffron Walden is a great treat and really puts the festival on the map."

Tickets for the show are priced at £10 and are available from Harts bookshop in King Street, Saffron Walden.

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