'Poetry is the shortest way of conveying something really big': JCC on Desert Island Discs

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Veteran punk poet John Cooper Clarke explained how he’d been a fan of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for 60 years when he appeared on the radio show with presenter Lauren Laverne on Sunday. He added: “I think appearing on Desert Island Discs has all the finality of a suicide note … I’m a coconut half-empty kind of guy.”

During the programme the Bard of Salford talked about why his poems aren...

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Simon Armitage aims high with first poem as poet laureate

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Simon Armitage has composed his first poem as poet laureate, two months into the job. The poem, ‘Conquistadors’ – reproduced “exclusively” in the Guardian - marks the 50th anniversary this month of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.

Armitage told the Guardian: “I had been a little bit nervous, since ...

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John Cooper Clarke to appear on Desert Island Discs

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Veteran punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke will be appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 21 July at 11.15am. The Bard of Salford, who started billing himself as Dr after being awarded an h...

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Chinese poet Yu Yoyo launches first English-language collection

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A young Chinese poet has published her first book of poetry in English. My Tenantless Body, by Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo, conveys the distinct and often disturbing aspects of female experience in contem...

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