Beasley Street Revisited

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We have not heard from our Bard, John Cooper Clarke, for a while and so we are probably a little overdue for this. We have decided to post our favourite John Cooper Clarke poem. John does not write poems about summer days spent meandering through summer meadows but rather about the grim aspects of life. Today we would like to feature Beasley Street…

Sleepwalk

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We have not heard from our Poet Laureate for quite some time so we thought it was time we let him recite one of his poems. John Cooper Clarke, the Bard of Salford, the Bear’s Poet Laureate, whatever you want to call him he produces the poems that describe a world of disease and decay. He tells his stories of dreary, everyday life. He is Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle…

John Cooper Clarke Talks

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We are running really late tonight so we thought we would set you all a task instead of us writing a post. Following on from our friend John Cooper Clarke’s award yesterday we thought we would offer you the chance to question him on his award, his career or anything else you would like to ask. John has had a varied history from working as a lab technician in Salford to touring with the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Fall to the depths of drug addiction. He has released six albums and in 1983 published a bestselling poetry book, Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt, before his output waned because of his heroin addiction. Since his recovery, he has been the subject of a BBC4 documentary. This summer, he is performing at Latitude, Camp Bestival and Bestival. He is married with a daughter and lives in Colchester.

Doctor John Cooper Clarke

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The Bear’s Poet Laureate, John Cooper Clarke, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford. He was presented with the doctorate of arts in “acknowledgement of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians”. While receiving the award he joked; “Now I’m a doctor, finally my dream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can become a reality.”

I Wanna Be Yours On Valentine’s Day

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Because today is Valentine’s Day – and it is meant to be the day for love, flowers, chocolates and love poems – we thought we had better turn to our Poet Laureate; John Cooper Clarke, to give us a love poem. We haven’t heard from our friend John for a few months so we thought we were overdue another dose of his distinctive poetic offerings. That and the fact he gave us a little hint the other day that he we haven’t featured one of his poems in a while. Enough said, over to John…

The Face Behind The Scream

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We haven’t heard from our friend John Cooper Clarke for a while, so we must surely be overdue for one of his distinctive poetic offerings. However, before we come to that we thought we would let you all know that October is National Poetry Month and John will be touring. See his website for a full list of dates, but he is in Liverpool at The Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday, 10th October if you would like to see him in person. Enough said, over to John…

John Cooper Clarke Tonight On BBC4

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The bear’s poet laureate John Cooper Clarke is the subject of a documentary tonight on BBC4. Evidently… John Cooper Clarke is part of the Punk Britannia and features the punk poet, comedian and recording artist and considers his influence on contemporary culture over four decades. However, beware – it contains strong language.

Thirty Six Hours

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We have not heard from our Poet Laureate for a little while so we thought it was high time we let him loose on an unsuspecting world once more. John Cooper Clarke, the Bard of Salford, the Bear’s Poet Laureate, whatever you want to call him he produces the poems that describe a world of disease and decay. He tells his stories of dreary, everyday life. He is Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle…

TW@T

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We haven’t had a poem from our Poet Laureate for a little while so we thought today would be the day to reveal John’s masterpiece to you all. There are not many poets who are studied at English GCSE level but John is one of the few. This poem is on the syllabus for the current GCSE Examinations and is also our favourite. This is John Cooper Clarke and TWAT…