Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable TV. Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly as well as popping up occasionally on the telly.
Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad. Elvis made the “Hot 100” of 2015 – The List magazine’s annual run-down of Scotland’s “hottest cultural contributors”.
Deftly witty, satirical but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scabrous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now. So that’s 14 years of futile ranting. A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled “Viva Loch Lomond!” will be published by Burning Eye Books in spring 2017.
Elvis McGonagall has suffered for his poetry. Now it’s your turn.
“Brilliantly anarchic, verbally agile, always a treat” Joan Bakewell
“Rampaging through the vicissitudes of modern life with stanzas like Panzers” Phill Jupitus
“Someone you’ve never heard of whose every stanza sounds like it was written by Les Dawson on the back of a fag packet” Rachel Cooke, New Statesman