Murray Lachlan Young
Murray Lachlan Young (born 14 March 1969) is a British poet, stand-up performer, broadcaster, playwright, screenwriter and children's author. He came to prominence during the Britpop era of the mid-1990s, when he became the only poet to sign a recording contract worth £1m.
Murray Lachlan Young
|Born||14 March 1969|
Murray Lachlan Young was born the youngest of two boys in Washington DC, to a Scottish father and an English mother.
In 1998, he married singer Zoë Pollock and after moving to a smallholding near St Leonards-on-Sea, they had two children. They moved to St Levan, Cornwall later in 2004, but separated in 2009.
Young lives in London.
Since Young's early shows supporting such acts as Julian Cope, the Pretenders and Dita von Teese on the music and cabaret circuit in London, live stand-up poetry has been a key part of his career.
Live solo shows include:
- UK solo headline tours (2014 & 2016)
- Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts (1996–present, except 2015)
- MTV Music Awards, US (1997)
- T in the Park Festival (1998 & 2001)
- Port Elliot Festival (2005–present)
- Latitude Festival (2006, ’13 & ’15)
- Goodlife Festival (2013, ’14 & ’15)
- Brighton Festival (2014)
- The Wilderness Festival (2014)
- 6 Music Festival (2014–present)
- Festival No 6 (2015–present)
- Poet in residence at The Union Club, Soho, London (1997–present)
- Poet in residence at The Arts Club, Mayfair, London (2014–16)
- Vice & Verse (1997)
- Casual Sex and Other Verse (1997)
- How Freakin' Zeitgeist Are You? (2017)
- The Nine Dead Williams (2014)
- The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (2018)
Stage, film, dance and audio recordingsEdit
- A Captive Audience (1992)
- The Fabulous Twister Brothers (1993)
- Modern Cautionary Tales for Children (2005)
- The Incomers (2013)
- Rehab (2016)
- Under Milk Wood (co-written, 2015)
- God’s Work (in development)
- The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (in development)
- Summerset (writing)
- Desideratum (1992)
- Little Sucker Thumb (adapted, 1993)
- Plunkett and McClean (Gallows poem, 1997)
- Annie McClue (2011)
- The Story of Martin (animation, in production)
- Lycra Dad (in production)
- Enjoy Your Stay (2010)
- Taste (2015)
- Audio recordings
- Live at Ronnie Scotts (1995)
- The Lost Album (1995)
- Simply Everyone’s Taking Cocaine (1997)
- Vice & Verse (1997)
- Casual Sex (1998)
- Murray Lachlan Young - Live (2011)
- The Alien Balladeer (2013)
- Poet in residence, The Breakfast Show, LBC (1996)
- Poet in residence, BBC 6 Music (2011–present day)
- Poet in residence, Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4 (2006–14)
- Regular contributor to Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 (1995–present day)
- Regular contributor to Kaleidescope, BBC Radio 4 (1995)
- Regular contributor to The Arts Show, BBC Radio 2 (2014–present day)
- Regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live, including special commissions for Test Match Special, Cheltenham Gold Cup and City v United (2012–15)
- Scotland meet Murray Lachlan Young, BBC Radio 4 (2013)
- Alien Balladeer, BBC Radio 4 series (2014)
- The Symphony of Medinah, Narrator, BBC Radio 5 Live (2014)
- Cern, BBC World Service (2015)
- Murray Lachlan Young, MTV USA, series (1996)
- Vice Versa, BBC 2 television special (1997)
- Regular contributor, The Wright Stuff, Channel (2014–present)
- Contributor, Newsnight, BBC 2, (2014)
Hartnoll & YoungEdit
In 2021, Murray Lachlan Young teamed up with Orbital's Paul Hartnoll for a lockdown inspired album called The Virus Diaries under the name Hartnoll & Young. In June 2021, the pair released a single from the album called "Garden Centre (Push the Trolley)" as a follow-up to "I Need a Haircut".
- "Life after million pound poetry". BBC News Online. 2006-01-13.
- "Orbital's PAUL HARTNOLL and controversial poet and performance artist MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG announce lockdown inspired album 'The Virus Diaries' | XS Noize | Online Music Magazine". www.xsnoize.com.
- "Hartnoll & Young - The Virus Diaries - OUT NOW - News". May 27, 2021.
- "Murray Lachlan Young". www.murraylachlanyoung.co.uk.
- "BBC Radio 6 Music - Chris Hawkins, Manchester International Festival: Festival Square". BBC.
- "Orbital's Paul Hartnoll & Poet Murray Lachlan Young release new single 'Garden Centre' | XS Noize | Online Music Magazine". www.xsnoize.com.