John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive - Leeds International Festival

John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

This unsurprisingly sold-out gig delivered an evening of punk poetry – both the brand new and the established classics –  alongside riffs, gags, and hilarious anecdotes from the legendary “people’s poet,” John Cooper Clarke.


This living legend of the British punk poetry scene appeared up-close and personal in this one-off Leeds International Festival event. The anarchic figurehead of punk poetry, John Cooper Clarke, performed accompanied by punk poet heroes Toria Garbutt and Mike Garry.

A countercultural icon who has nevertheless been embraced into the canon (into the National Curriculum, even), Dr JCC has always told it as it is, however bald, gritty or hard-hitting that truth may be.

His performance poetry coincided with the beginning of the punk era at the end of the 1970s, and he has been a punk poet ever since.

The night of poetry teased and pleased with classic favourites alongside material from The Luckiest Guy Alive, his new poetry collection released to worldwide acclaim.

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