Mac McFadden is a performance poet originally from Merseyside but who now lives in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Mac treated us to some very funny and often touching poems, many based on growing up, getting mucky, tragic relations with girls and the difficulties of being a poet in a macho community. Others, such as one about taking tea with the queen in a kebab shop and about a girl with rice crispies in her hair may have been more fanciful. Mac uses ingenious rhymes and satisfying rhythms and tempos while moving between funny and thoughtful works.
For a sample of his work then see this playlist of Mac's videos on youtube, there are not from his performance at Writers in the Brewery but do include one from the night, Marmite:
Mac Macfadden playlist
His set went down extremely well with a packed audience and caused a few qualms for local writers who were to come after - it was a definite case of 'follow that!' However, we did and, I think, we acquitted ourselves well. Amongst the other readers were Annie - 'poet laureate' from the Forest of Dean and Peter Wyton Gloucestershire 1000 'poet laureate' from Cheltenham. There was a good mix of poetry and prose.
I read Rebel Spirit, a silly poem about my great grandfather's sticky end in a pool of jam. One member of the audience claimed it was brilliant - I should have got it in writing!
My earlier postings on Writers in the Brewery
Skip Walker at #WritersintheBrewery
#WritersintheBrewery 27 May 2010 Nigel McLoughlin
Writers at the Brewery April 2010
Jenny Jones at #WritersintheBrewery 25 March 2010
Cherry Gilchrist at #WritesInTheBrewery
Sue Chad at Writers in the Brewery 28 Jan 2010
Writers in the Brewery Nov and Dec 2009 review
Writers in the Brewery Writer's workshop