Murray Lachlan Young is widely regarded as one of the best-known poetry voices in Britain. An acclaimed playwright, actor and writer, Murray is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and poetry, with delightful commentaries on the bizarreness of contemporary life. Live and onstage he brings a combination of flamboyant punchy wit and brooding subtext with empathetic humour and occasional attacks of original erotic folk song.
Known for his numerous appearances and residencies on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Murray is current resident poet of BBC 6Music and BBC Test Match Special and recently chalked up a huge BBC Radio 4 hit with his poetic responses to The Shipping Forecast. Most recent work includes a co-adapted screenplay for the new film version of the Dylan Thomas classic, Under Milkwood. No stranger to the big screen himself Murray has also appeared in About A Boy, and as a haunting gallows poet in Plunkett & Macleane.
Murray’s first stage play, The Incomers, toured nationally and also had residencies at The Union Club, Soho and The Arts Club in Dover Street. There was also his famed tongue-in-cheek Poet Laureate ‘bid’ appearance alongside Andrew Motion on BBC 2’s Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman, commissioned works for Vauxhall Motors and Magners Cider, and recent appearances at countless festivals including headline slots at the Glastonbury, Latitude and Edinburgh Festivals.