John Hegley

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John Hegley was born in North London and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford. His first public performance monies were accrued from busking his songs, initially outside a shoe shop in Hull in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early eighties, fronting the Popticians with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel. He has since performed his words sung and spoken across the network for BBC radio. He has produced 10 books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. He is an Edinburgh festival regular. He has produced material about dog hair, potatoes and handkerchiefs in a philosophical framework. He is an occasional dancer on stage and page, you might say. Also a workshop leader using drawing, poetry and gesture. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire and once performed in a womens' prison in Columbia with his daughter's godfather, Nigel. He is a frequent guest and collaborator on RADIO 4 and recently created the series WHO DOES JOHN HEGLEY THINK HE IS? which aired in 2014. He performs regularly around the country in schools, festivals and theatres and is a heavily published author and urgent ukelele player.