Further details have been announced for Dr John Cooper Clarke's tour, which will bring the famous punk poet to Hereford's Shire Hall, on March 30.

With his sunglasses, angular postures and wild dark hair, it's almost as if time has stood still since "the original people's poet" first burst onto the scene in the 1970s. He headlined gigs with support from many soon to be superstars including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran. He himself featured as special guest on many shows by the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

His poetry collection, 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt came out in the early 80s on Random House - Penguin, featuring the lyrics to his albums and more original material. It is one of the biggest selling poetry books in the UK.

Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents - a lifelong craft most recently embodied in his book of poetry The Luckiest Guy Alive, which was released worldwide in November on Picador/Macmillan.

The new book features over 30 poems, including many of his adoring public's favourites such as; I've Fallen In Love With My Wife, Beasley Boulevard and Get Back on Drugs you Fat F*ck.

A spokesman said: "He is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

"His influence can be heard within the social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in 2 recent global number 1 albums - with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed AM Album."

He's busy too. His latest show, touring across the UK, USA, Canada & Australasia, "is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat ".

Further details: http://johncooperclarke.com/gigs/