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John Cooper Clarke awarded honorary degree

John Cooper Clarke awarded honorary degree

John Cooper Clarke has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Salford.

The honour was given to the poet yesterday (July 18) at a ceremony at The Lowry in Salford. The Salford native was awarded a doctorate of arts to pay tribute to his lengthy career. "What a thrill – who'd have thought it? Now I'm a doctor, finally my dream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can become a reality!" he said.

"There've been lots of positive changes in the city since I worked at Salford Tech in the seventies, and I'm pleased to be known as Salford's Bard and to have helped put it on the map," he added.

Cooper Clarke features on the new Arctic Monkeys album, AM, on a track called "I Wanna Be Yours".

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