For over a hundred years, William McGonagall (1830-1902) has been almost universally recognised as the worst poet in English. Utterly convinced of his genius, he remained untroubled by any worrisome self-doubt, despite the mockery of his audiences. This collection brings together some of his best-known works (The Tay Bridge Disaster, The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir), some lesser-known gems (Beecham's Pills, The Faithful Dog Fido), and some autobiographical writings that tell of his ill-fated trip to Balmoral, of his much-fêted performance as Macbeth (in which he was so popular he decided not to die), and why publicans threw peas at him.
The idiosyncratic Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall has the unusual reputation as one of the worst poets in the English language with rhymes and rhythms that produce mirth rather than wonder. His masterpiece is The Tay Bridge Disaster. Scottish-born Gregor Fisher, who starred in Love Actually and other film and TV programs, reads the key poems and passages from the autobiography and gets deep into character!