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John Hegley was born in Newington Green in London but spent most of his childhood in Luton, a place he often writes about in his poems, stories and songs.

When he left school he worked as a bus conductor (a childhood dream!) and then went to study at Bradford University. After that he came back to London and worked in children's theatre and at the Comedy Store.  

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He is now a very successful performer, both live and on TV and radio.

His books include:
Glad to Wear Glasses
Can I come Now, Dad?
Five Sugars Please
These Were Your Fathers
Beyond Our Kennel

This is what John says about his work:

"John Hegley writes his poems about his family and his spectacles. He writes songs about vegetables and paintings. Sometimes his writing is silly and sometimes it is sad. He has a dog puppet which has some poems of its own. It is made of an old sack. It is a Sack Russell Terrier. He has had it since it was a puppet."

Here is one of John's potato poems:

Quick Potato Poem
The Spud
Sped

For more information on John Hegley visit:
www.johnhegley.co.uk




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