John Cooper Clarke

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‘You can feel the history in there’: the return of New Century Hall
It played host to Hendrix and the Stones and was a haven for acid-house parties. After lying dormant for years, Manchester’s iconic concert hall is back

Kyle MacNeill

19, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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And did those feet: 10 walks inspired by famous poets
Matching rich verse with great scenery, these strolls follow in the footsteps of some of our greatest wordsmiths, from William Blake to Carol Ann Duffy

Kevin Rushby

03, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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We Wish You a Mandy Christmas review – Diane Morgan does proper belly laughs
Camp, retro and enjoyable for a glass or two, this Christmas Carol revamp is full of surreal gags, with Johnny Vegas and John Cooper Clarke offering ghostly support

Rebecca Nicholson

20, Dec, 2021 @10:16 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I draw the line at flapjack, falafel and tripe’
The poet relates tales of his childhood, run-ins with Bernard Manning – and explains why he wishes Ken Loach would lighten up

Tim Adams

19, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Carry On Coronavirus: why a vaccine trial has saucy potential | Tim Adams
Their counterparts in the Common Cold Unit found ways to flirt despite the social distancing measures they lived under

Tim Adams

25, Oct, 2020 @7:30 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke review – chapter and verse
This riveting memoir of the Salford dandy’s ascent to national treasuredom charms with tales of heroin and Sugar Puffs

Anthony Quinn

11, Oct, 2020 @6:00 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke review - wry and dry
The ‘bargain-basement Baudelaire’ looks back at his life with an unflinching gaze, plus plenty of gags and mad anecdotes

Fiona Sturges

07, Oct, 2020 @11:00 AM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I’ve dressed the same way since 1965’
The poet and performer on keeping his clothes simple, stapling them back together, and being fashionable once every 15 years for about three months

As told to Leah Harper

28, Jan, 2020 @12:37 PM

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In praise of John Cooper Clarke, our real poet laureate | Suzanne Moore
His recent appearance on Desert Island Discs was a magnificent reminder of his huge talent, kind heart and sparkling wit, says Suzanne Moore

Suzanne Moore

22, Jul, 2019 @3:29 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I didn’t want to quit heroin’
While conceding the drug was ‘fabulous the first time’, the veteran performer has one overwhelming message: don’t do it

Tiernan Phipps

21, Jul, 2019 @8:03 AM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘Only eat at the table. And don't watch TV while eating’
The poet and performer on his dad’s sandwiches, the iniquity of snacking and disappointing Dutch food

John Hind

16, Mar, 2019 @6:00 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: 'My trousers? River Island or M&S. The skinniest they do'
The poet-performer talks to Tim Adams about his new book and tour and, further down, answers questions from readers and famous fans

Tim Adams

28, Oct, 2018 @9:30 AM

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