Thursday 24 October 2019


Mike Garry + Toria Garbutt

Dr. John Cooper Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding and esteemed punk poets in Britain and far beyond. In the seventies, when punk reigned, this performance toured poet with bands such as Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello. In November 2018, “The Luckiest Guy Alive” came out and October 24 he will recite pieces from this new book in the Kleine Zaal in PAARD.

Take part in our punk poetry contest and maybe you’ll perform your own poem on the same stage as John Cooper Clark on the 24th!

  • € 22,50
  • Kleine Zaal
  • 19:30
  • 20:00

*incl € 2,50 servicefee

Dr John Cooper Clarke received an “honorary doctorate in the arts” in July 2013 in recognition of his 50-year career. The University of Salford praised the punk poet for bringing poetry to a non-traditional audience and influencing musicians and comedians. One of his best known poetry pieces “I Wanna Be Yours” was adapted by the Arctic Monkeys for their fifth album, AM, which was released in September 2013.

Support: Mike Garry
Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. He began by reading his own poems to the hundreds of young people who attended his Library Homework Centre. They loved what they heard and encouraged him to perform them at live poetry events and slams, which he did, instantly winning fans and prizes throughout the UK. In 2010, Mike was hand picked to tour with John Cooper Clarke by his management. “I liked what he said and the way he said it”, said John reflecting on their five year working relationship performing in over 500 venues throughout the UK and Ireland.

Support: Toria Garbutt
Since bursting onto the scene in 2014, Toria has been a regular tour support for Dr John Cooper Clarke, most recently on his ‘Luckiest Guy Alive’ tour on which Toria performed her first European date. Toria has been involved in many projects including working with young people and prisoners, relaying the importance of having your voice heard no matter what your background and using poetry to turn pain into purpose.

John Cooper Clarke uses words like Chuck Berry uses guitar riffs melody and anger, humour and disdain in equal measure. He's the real deal, really funny and really caustic, the velvet voice of discontent.

Kate Moss