Artwork by Peter Blake
THE LUCKIEST MAN ALIVE TOUR
It was an amazing evening at Venue Cymru with Dr John Cooper Clarke and guest Welsh poet Clare Ferguson Walker and Manchester’s Mike Garry.
A night of poetry brought alive by the spoken word eliciting emotions of laughter and tears.
It was evident these are the true masters of their craft both in writing and performance.
Dare I say as a budding writer after seeing and hearing this talent I will be looking to raise my game!
Sometimes when you put someone famous on a pedestal they become impossible to reach, this being said when I met Dr John Cooper Clarke it was he himself who broke that pedestal I had raised him on.
I found myself not talking to a world famous poet, I was talking to a fellow human being with a love and passion for writing and humour.
Needless to say I told him his show was the best I have attended!
The time spent backstage though short, for some of his fans meant such a lot – he listened to everyone with an enthusiasm and kindness that I believe is something rare in some of today’s celebrities.
After everyone else left I got to spend more time with John and his “gentleman travelin’ companion “Johnnie Green, and plucking up the courage asked him would he like to hear one of my poems – what an opportunity!
Having sent someone outside to tell their taxi to wait they listened not just politely nodding their heads once in a while but with genuine interest and enthusiasm.
It was fantastic that both men spent the time to give me such positive feedback and applause, and it was amazing when Dr.JCC commented on my work, in a kind and supporting way, it made me see parts of the poem I had not seen myself.
I will always remember what Johnnie Green told me as they left the venue…
“ We don’t believe in all that hero worship stuff instead of looking up to others like us GO OUT THERE AND DO IT YOURSELF! “
I do think my generation can learn a lot from guys like these – with the constant need to chase the people you deem to be higher than you and the repetitive status sharing we find today.
So whilst Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Johnnie Green are no longer on the pedestal I placed them on, certainly without a doubt they have brought me to a new-founded appreciation.