Tag Archives: John Cooper Clarke

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Tim Wells: Stand Up and Spit

-In Conversation with Tim Wells about his Ranting Project- I did a separate couple of interviews last year for creative writing students who kept asking me about the influence of hip hop on my poetry. One of them was non-plussed by answer that there isn’t any, and the other chose to ignore it. The fact that I…

‘Treasure in the History of Things’ by Katherine McMahon

  -Reviewed by Dana Bubulj- Published by Stewed Rhubarb Press, Treasure in the History of Things by Katherine McMahon (of the Inky Fingers collective) is a gorgeous pamphlet of twelve poems, complete with an audio CD of them performed accompanied with the occasional music and atmospheric sound-base. McMahon really impressed us when we caught her…

‘Pub Stuntman’ by Tim Clare

They dragged him from the podium the mic fell slack and squealed and back inside his hotel room his tortured mind unpeeled.                         (‘The Strange Death of Charlie Wordsworth: Stand-Up Poet’)   -Reviewed by Seán Hewitt- Pub Stuntman is Tim Clare’s debut collection, but it comes as the product of an already-established poetic career. Clare has…

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2012

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- Now in its third year, Stoke Newington’s Literary Festival already has the reputation of an established festival while retaining a laid-back charm. Stoke Newington’s Town Hall and Library Gallery were the scenes of sold-out performances by John Cooper Clarke, Simon Day, Josie Long and Wilko Johnson. Pauline Black, introduced by a…