New Words 2012

The Tay Bridge Reconstructed

McGonagall revisited and brought up to date with poems on topical issues


Thursday 27 September 2012
6.30pm – 8pm


Books and Beans, Aberdeen [Map]

Admission by donation

The evening will consist of readings from some of McGonagall's poems, introduced by Judith Taylor, who hopes to give us some sense of his life, and an open mic session: a challenge has gone out to compose a poem on a topical theme in the style of McGonagall.

William McGonagall

William Topaz McGonagall (1825–1902) wrote about 200 poems, the best known of which is The Tay Bridge Disaster. His inappropriate rhythms, weak vocabulary and ill-advised imagery combine to make his work amongst the most unintentionally amusing dramatic poetry in the English language. Judith Taylor has made a study of the poet and hopes to present him in a more sympathetic light.

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