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
Murray Lachlan Young, Glastonbury Festival, 2019
Murray Lachlan Young, Glastonbury Festival, 2019
Born (1969-03-14) 14 March 1969 (age 52)
United States
OccupationPoet
NationalityBritish
Website
www.murraylachlanyoung.co.uk

Personal lifeEdit

Murray Lachlan Young was born the youngest of two boys in Washington DC, to a Scottish father and an English mother.[citation needed]

He was brought up in Sevenoaks, Kent, where he attended Wildernesse School, graduating from Salford University with a degree in media performance.[citation needed]

In 1998, he married singer Zoë Pollock and after moving to a smallholding near St Leonards-on-Sea, they had two children.[1] They moved to St Levan, Cornwall later in 2004, but separated in 2009.[citation needed]

In 2014, he married singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cavendish and set up home in Dalston, London, before separating in 2016.[citation needed]

Young lives in London.[1]

PerformancesEdit

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.[citation needed]

Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler magazine, writes "Murray is both an actor and a wit, a poet who can perform and a performer who can write poetry, rolled into one."[citation needed]

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)

BooksEdit

  • 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

Stage
  • A Captive Audience (1992)
  • The Fabulous Twister Brothers (1993)
  • Modern Cautionary Tales for Children (2005)
  • The Incomers (2013)
  • Rehab (2016)
Film

Features:

  • Under Milk Wood (co-written, 2015)
  • God’s Work (in development)
  • The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (in development)
  • Summerset (writing)

Shorts:

  • 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)
Dance
  • 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)

BroadcastingEdit

Radio
  • 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)
Television
  • 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.[2][3][4] In June 2021, the pair released a single from the album called "Garden Centre (Push the Trolley)"[5][6] as a follow-up to "I Need a Haircut".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Life after million pound poetry". BBC News Online. 2006-01-13.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Hartnoll & Young - The Virus Diaries - OUT NOW - News". May 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "Murray Lachlan Young". www.murraylachlanyoung.co.uk.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Chris Hawkins, Manchester International Festival: Festival Square". BBC.
  6. ^ "Orbital's Paul Hartnoll & Poet Murray Lachlan Young release new single 'Garden Centre' | XS Noize | Online Music Magazine". www.xsnoize.com.

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