TODAY'S school students will know the name of John Cooper Clarke because they have studied his poetry. Who would have thought it? A poet who became one of the leading voices of the punk era and youth culture of the Seventies and was known as the Bard of Salford or the Punk Poet sitting beside Seamus Heaney and William Wordsworth.
John Cooper Clarke continues to have a huge influence in the realm of performance poetry. His work is biting, satirical, political and very funny, and all delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style which resonated with the punk movement.
Cooper Clarke is easily recognisable – tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and Cuban-heeled boots – with a style that has been copied by many. Coupled with his unique rapid-fire performance he is an unforgettable force to be reckoned with.
Cooper Clarke covers many subjects in his work: tracksuits, love and loss and Majorca to name but a few and delivers them all at break neck speed.
There's a chance to see Cooper Clarke in the intimate setting of the Plough Arts Centre at the start of his national tour which includes The Royal Albert Hall.
John Cooper Clarke will be at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on Wednesday, September 18, 8pm. Tickets: £18 (full), £16 (concession), £15 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.