Dr John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.
Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
John’s first new poetry book for many years The Luckiest Guy Alive was released on November 1st 2018 in the UK and Worldwide on Picador/Macmillan. It went straight to the top of the poetry best sellers list and has remained there ever since.
JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.
His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in 2 recent global number 1 albums – with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John’s best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed, massive selling A:M Album
Johns recent TV includes ground breaking appearances on 8/10 Cats, Would I Lie to You and Have I got News for You. He also won a Celebrity Pointless and came a credible second on Celeb Mastermind . His BBC 6 Music radio shows are the stuff of legend.
His latest show, touring across the UK, USA, Canada & Australasia, is a mix of classic verse, including Beasley St and Evidently Chickentown. Extraordinary new material form the Luckiest Guy Alive, hilarious ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs and chat – a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game.
Special guests will include Luke Wright at this event.
Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke Wright creates inventive poems with loads of heart. Part Essex wide boy, part dandy fop, he writes from the sidelines about small-town tragedies and national farce, then performs his work with snarl and spit.
He’s won a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award, a Fringe First Award, a Saboteur Award, and the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He’s been shortlisted for an East Anglian Book Award, an Off-West End Award, and an Amused Moose Award.
Wright has published four books with Penned in the Margins – The Toll, Mondeo Man, What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, and Frankie Vah. His latest book is the pamphlet After Engine Trouble, published by Rough Trade Books. He also co-authored a humour book, with Joel Stickley – Who Writes This Crap? – for Hamish Hamilton/Penguin
Luke is a proud patron of Bungay Library, INK Festival, Suffolk Poetry Society, Sundown Arts, and The Fisher Theatre, Bungay. He is a trustee of Norwich Arts Centre.
Premium Seating: £27.50 Standard Seating: £22.50