• McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings

    Time Out
  • He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him

    The Times
  • McGough's trademarks: the craft worn as lightly as the crown, the jokes that are something more, the underlying heartache, the acute sense of the way time slips away

    Ian McMillan, Poetry Review
  • Memorable and enduring and fresh. Age has not withered [his lines] nor diminished their potency. Of how much modern poetry can you say that?

    Sunday Herald