Murray Lachlan Young to perform in Florence

The “Million Pound Poet” in the Renaissance city

Joanna Drot-Troha
April 20, 2017 - 15:06

Acclaimed British performance poet Murray Lachlan Young will bring his award-winning, multi-disciplinary repertoire to Florence’s Tasso Hostel for two dates in May. The evenings will be hosted by locally based actor Tim Daish.



This will be Young’s first show in Florence, although his passion for Italy was first cemented in the 1990s during a residency at renowned underground Sicilian nightclub-arts centre Mercati Generali in Catania. Local audiences can expect an evening of whimsical soliloquy, raucous reveries and even the occasional erotic folk song: Young is best enjoyed live.


Once termed the Million Pound Poet, for his unprecedented first contract, Young’s popular hybrid of stand-up comedy and poetry also spans theatre, film and music. Well known to listeners of Radio 2 and 4 from his frequent appearances on the Arts Show and Saturday Live, he is also the poet in residence at BBC 6 Music and BBC Test Match Special as well as being a seasoned performer at countless festivals including headline slots at the Glastonbury, Latitude, Port Eliot and Edinburgh Festivals.

Topics range from delightful commentaries on the absurdities of contemporary life to appropriate beach wear for gentlemen, The Hadron Collider, middle-class angst and advice for Keith Richards as to when and how he should pop his clogs.

Murray’s satirical verse collection, How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?, a compilation of all his famous poems as well as new material, will be on sale at the Florence performances.


Thursday, May 4 & Saturday, May 6, 2017
Tasso Hostel, via Villani 15, Florence
Doors open 9pm; entry 10 euro/ 15 euro with drink included

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