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Just announced: Wilko Johnson in conversation at Heaney Homeplace

Wilko Johnson in action – he'll be 'in conversation' at Seamus Heaney HomePlace this April

BUG-EYED guitar menacer Wilko Johnson has had quite the life, from stalking stages with ace pub rock combo Dr Feelgood to appearing in Game of Thrones and beating a cancer initially mis-diagnosed as terminal.

Fans recently got the chance to read all about Wilko's exploits in his best-selling autobiography, Looking Back at Me, but Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Derry are going one better by bringing the man himself over for a special 'in conversation' event.

On Saturday April 14, the iconic guitar man will be chatting with Zoe Howe, co-author of Looking Back at Me. Expect to hear all about how Wilko planned to become a teacher before answering the call of rock and roll with the Feelgoods and his solo career, and how it felt to embark on an emotional 'farewell' tour – which thankfully proved to be somewhat premature – in the wake of his cancer mis-diagnosis before recording what he believed would be his final album with The Who's Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home.

By all accounts Looking Back at Me is a great read, so the chance to hear Wilko tell some of his stories in person makes this a pretty unmissable event for any fan.

:: Tickets £12 via Seamusheaneyhomeplace.com

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