Tue 22 Mar 2022

JCC’s Poetry Competition – read your piece on stage!


Enter for your chance to read your winning piece on stage, opening for the legendary John Cooper Clarke at the Eventim Apollo on the 08TH April 2022.

Please follow this link to enter: Win The Chance to Open for John Cooper Clarke at the London Eventim Apollo! (gigsandtours.com

Calling all budding poets, poetry novices or anyone in-between! Dr. John Cooper Clarke is offering you a chance to open live for his London Eventim Apollo date! To celebrate World Poetry Day (21st March) and ahead of his much-anticipated UK tour, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, this is a one off opportunity for those with a passion for the pen. Fancy entering to have the man himself select your poem as the winning submission? We want entrants to submit their own interpretation of JCC’s tour theme, ‘I Wanna Be Yours.’ Whether it be a slick limerick, free verse or sonnet, all submissions must use that same title and the rest is up to them. Entrants must turn their submissions in by 30th March. lucky winner will open for John Cooper Clarke himself on his Eventim Apollo date, and receive a hotel stay in London’s bustling west end.

John’s new show is a breath-taking showcase of poetry and spoken work, sharing stories from his incredible life and hugely successful career. Dr John Cooper Clarke will take you on an incredible journey with pieces from the new book, poems (old and new) and his usual musings, off the wall chat, riffs, gags and wicked humour.

John’s 2021 memoir, released by Picador, explores his extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry; Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson; Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso; Mark E. Smith to Gil Scott Heron and Joe Strummer and on to more recent fans and collaborators like Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey. Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his mind-boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and show business – with more than a few laughs along the way.

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12        April      Leicester De Montfort Hall

8          April      London Eventim Apollo

24        March   Leeds Town Hall – Leeds O2 Academy

18        March   Liverpool Uni The Mountford Hall

07        April      Southend Palace Theatre

20        March   Birmingham Town Hall

30        April      Gateshead Sage

30        March   Brighton Dome

22        April      Southampton O2 Guildhall

06        June     Exeter Corn Exchange

13        April      Manchester Bridgewater Hall

02        April      Sheffield Octagon

13        June     Oxford New Theatre

24        June     Sevenoaks The Stag

27        June     Stratford Playhouse

29        June     Lancaster Grand Theatre

16        April      Edinburgh Queens Hall

01        July      Ilkley Kings Hall

02        July      Hull City Hall

04        July      Lincoln The Engine Shed

05        July      Whitley Bay Playhouse

10        July      Halifax Victoria Theatre

11        July      Lytham St Annes Lowther Pavilion

Tickets for the new dates are available from www.gigsandtours.com  

Tickets for all other dates are on sale now.

Pre-order ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ from www.waterstones.com