THE ORIGINAL people’s poet is set to perform at King’s Hall in Ilkley on July 5.

Dr John Cooper Clarke it described as a rock star, TV and radio presenter, comedian and cultural commentator addition to poet.

John’s latest poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive was released worldwide in November 2018 via Picador/Macmillan, featuring over 30 poems.

The compilation included many of his adoring fan’s favourites such as I’ve Fallen In Love With My Wife and Beasley Boulevard.

His latest live show,, which has been touring across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australasia, is a mix of “classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat”

In short, say the promoters, it’s a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game, with a man as relevant and vibrant as ever.

Comedian and actor Steve Coogan once said: “I say to people, have you heard of John Cooper Clarke they say yes, he’s an absolute genius.”

With his sunglasses, angular postures and wild dark hair, it’s almost as if time has stood still since “the original people’s poet” first burst on to the scene in the 1970s.

John, born in 1949, first became famous during the punk era of the late 1970s, releasing several albums through to the early 1980s.

His recorded output has mainly relied on musical backing from the Invisible Girls, which featured Martin Hannett, Steve Hopkins, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.

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