John Cooper Clarke - the poet for people who do not like poetry

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John Cooper Clarke - the poet for people who do not like poetry

John Cooper Clarke - the poet for people who do not like poetry - will feature at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, May 4th at 8pm.

Dr John Cooper Clarke is a performance poet, movie star, rock star, comedian and social and cultural commentator.

He is as popular now as he was in the 70s, a figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed. He has found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, initially resonated with the punk movement.

Known as the “Punk Poet” or “The Bard of Salford” John has performed before thousands. His distinctive and now iconic visual appearance (tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and Cuban-heeled boots) is un-mistakable, John has even joked that Ronnie Wood ‘stole’ his style!

John Cooper Clarke has toured with all the seminal bands over the years including The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks and in the USA with Elvis Costello. Indeed, Joy Division were proud to frequently support the rock star bard and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour.

John is joined on the night by friend and fellow poet Mike Garry. Advance booking is recommended.


Following their sell-out tour with 'Lucinda Sly' the Mend & Makedo Theatre Company return with John MacKenna's 'The Corner Boys' at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles on Friday, May 6th at 8pm.

The time is 1963. The place is a village in Ireland. For the two young women working in the local drapery shop, the visit of American President John F Kennedy to the country is all important. But for the corner boys, who spend their days on the village square, the concerns are different - women, money, devilment and darker doings fill their empty lives.

John MacKenna’s play met with rave reviews when first staged ten years ago. And, now the corner boys are back.

This powerful play, intended for those aged 16-plus, exposes the light and dark sides of Irish life in the sixties.


The Esposito Quartet, one of Ireland’s finest classical quartets, will take centre stage at The Source Arts Centre on Friday, April 29th at 8pm (tickets €12 or €10 with concession - limited availability).

Distinguished musicians Mia Cooper, Anna Cashell (violins), Joachim Roewer (viola) and William Butt (cello) will perform for just one night. The programme of music will include works by Haydn, Schubert and Michele Esposito.

The Esposito Quartet was set up in 2010 - their name reflects their admiration for Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society.


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