Annie Mclue, Her Loo, and Other Tales ; Poetry ++ MODERN CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN ++ Teviot Sportsmans EDINBURGH
Cripps, Charlotte, The Independent (London, England)
While Heinrich Hoffman's illustrated book, Struwwelpeter, published in 1845, consisted of brutal cautionary tales for thumb- sucking children and those who wouldn't finish their soup, an updated poetry cycle, Modern Cautionary Tales For Children, by the British performance poet Murray Lachlan Young, deals with not flushing the lavatory and being abducted.
He will perform new poems, such as "Annie Mclue, the Girl who Would Not Flush the Loo" and "Barrington Granger Talked to Strangers", in a show for children (aged five to 10 years) at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
His poem "Nine Dead Williams", for which he asks the children up on stage to play dead, is a highlight, while another poem, "If I Were a Polar Bear (I'd move to Weston-Super-Mare)", takes a look at social exclusion and being comfortable with your choices.
Young rose to fame in 1997 when he was signed to EMI records with a [pound]1m poetry record deal. Best known for his adult poems, the recording of his "Simply Everyone's Taking Cocaine" with Morcheeba has become an illegal download classic. …