ROGER McGough opened The Blenheim Literary Festival with a selection of his newest poems.

The Liverpool performance poet was reading extracts from his latest book, As Far As I Know, at an event in The Orangery at the palace on Wednesday evening.

He said: “It was the first time I have been to this festival but it was a lovely venue. I wish I could have stayed longer.

“I think it went well. No one threw anything or walked out.”

Other events at this year’s festival include a performance by Elkie Brooks and appearances by David Aaronovitch and Ken Hom.

Festival director Sally Dunsmore said: “We have had lots of good audiences and lots of people buying books and enjoying themselves.”

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