John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His unique poetry and rapid-fire delivery were recorded and put to music by legendary producer Martin Hannett. Spawning great tracks such as Evidently Chicken Town, Beasley Street and The unique and massively popular I Wanna Be Yours – covered by the Arctic Monkeys on their classic album AM.

The accompanying book 10 Years In An Open Necked Shirt was the best selling UK poetry book of the 80s. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms, and continents. His recent book The Luckiest Guy Alive published in 2018, saw him consolidating his position as the UK’s most popular poet. His much-anticipated autobiography I Wanna Be Yours was released in October 2020. His unique show featuring all the greatest hits plus a lot more has been running in theatres worldwide for over 15 years.


“It’s impossible not to hear Clarke’s voice, rhythmic & deadpan, while reading his memoir. Like his poetry, his prose style is wry and dry... Mad anecdotes & whimsical gags abound, but wisdom often lurks beneath the wordplay.”
The Guardian on I Wanna Be Yours Book
“The most amusing autobiography of a literary aesthete you are ever likely to read”
The Telegraph on I Wanna Be Yours Book