Photo: Ron Ellis’s ”Boys on the Dole’

It’s a star studded night in Southport on Friday March 20th when Attila The Stockbroker headlines a Poetry Evening at The Hungry Monk Ale House and Kitchen in the Cambridge Arcade, the legendary poet’s first ever visit to the town.

Described as a sharp tongued, high energy social surrealist poet and songwriter, Attila The Stockbroker first came to fame 35 years ago on Radio One’s John Peel show as a punk poet since when he has performed over 300 gigs in 24 countries and released over 20 albums and seven books of poetry.

He is a regular at the Glastonbury Festival and organises his own beer/music extravaganza, Glastonwick. He is resident poet at Brighton and Hove Albion football club.

Attila has been at the centre of many political campaigns including Rock Against Racism, Miners’ Strike, Poll Tax, Red Wedge, Rock Against Thatcher, Anti-Nazi League and campaigns against two Gulf Wars.

He has been a regular contributor to the Independent, The Guardian, Time Out, the NME and Morning Star.

The Manic Street Preachers, Julian Clary, Angelic Upstarts, John Otway, New Model Army, John Cale and Billy Bragg are among the artists who have appeared as his support acts.

‘The UK Gin Dependence Party’ is the title of Attila’s latest poetry book and will be available on the night along with his other books and records.

Attila will be singing songs and reading poetry from his vast repertoire. His message is a simple one. ‘You don’t need to be a celebrity to have a wonderful life earning your living doing what you love. You just have to have a way with words, the self-confidence and organisational ability of Napoleon and a skin thicker than the armour of a Chieftan tank.

Supporting Attila on the bill will be alternative poet and songwriter, John G. Sutton and Poet, Crime Writer and Songwriter, Ron Ellis

An ex-cotton weaver and prison warder, John G. Sutton is the editor of the online magazine, ‘Psychic World’,  and has written several books on psychic phenomena  including the best-selling ‘Psychic Pets’.

He currently has his own psychic show on American radio. and operates a fortune telling puppet called Mr Stix.

John has written and recorded an album with sixties’ pop legend, P.J. Proby, and he himself records and performs rude songs under the name 2Hat John.

As a travelling poet, John recites Vulgar Vernacular Verses under the name Grandpa Grumps and he will be presenting poems from his new CD which was issued last month

Max Bygraves once described John as ‘psychologically damaged’ which he took to be a compliment.

Ron Ellis won the prestigious national Sefton Poetry Competition in 1992 and has published two books of poetry, ‘Diary of a Discotheque’ and ‘Last of the Lake Poets’ which are also available on CD and from which he will be reading on the evening.

Ron has written songs for P.J.,Proby and Judge Dread and, in 1979, his song ‘Boys on the Dole’, a punk anthem which he recorded himself under the name of Neville Wanker & The Punters for Lightning Records, reached No 7 in the New Wave charts.

Ron is also the author of a series of crime novels set in Liverpool and around Lancashire featuring private eye, Johnny Ace plus the DCI Glass mysteries.

He has also written ‘Southport Faces’, a social history of Southport, his hometown.

The show begins at 8pm. Tickets are just £12 from The Hungry Monk (Tel: 01704 809355) or on the door and, as always, there is a huge variety of food and great selection of ales and drinks.


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