The people’s poet of Stoke-on-Trent is the one and only Nick Degg. His hilarious take on Potteries life has given us our very own Dr John Cooper Clark. We sat Nick down in the 10 questions chair with a bag of crisps.
1 What got you into Poetry
My Dad loved Roger McGough and Spike Milligan, so I grew up with it really, I even liked Pam Ayres, it all went into the melting pot.
2 Who was the first band/singer you saw live?
The Stranglers, Victoria Hall, Oct 77. I was only 13 but my mates older brothers had got into Punk too, so they took me under their new wave wings.
3 What was the first record you bought?
Sparks, Amateur Hour, an ex Juke Box record (Without a middle) for 2 pence, from a Paper shop in Morris Sq
4 Who do you think is the best frontman/woman
Jim Morrison, the God of the Mic. As blokey as any man, as beautiful as any woman.
5 Where was the first gig you played?
A party at Newcastle Guild Hall in a Punk band called “the Shock” 1979. We did the full set in about 15 minutes, and went through it again. I don’t think anybody noticed. We were noisy, we weren’t very accomplished.
6 What is the best Poem you have ever heard?
Autumn Squillionaire by the Trent Vale Poet. A tale of generosity, sharing and Love. I sometimes include it in my Set and explain who TVP was, and what he meant to me.
7 Do you write Poems digitally or on pen and paper?
I’d love to say the old fashioned way, but I tend to write on my phone. There’s about a hundred ideas and unfinished works on it at any one time.
8 What Poem do you wish you had written?
“Death on a live wire” by Micheal Baldwin. The language used is so descriptive you could be there reeling from the sight of someone dying a violent death. Disturbing but beautiful.
9 What venue would you like to perform?
The Victoria Hall, up Anley or the The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.
I’ve played Leeds twice, and have gone down astonishingly well, so the North’s premier Indie venue would be brill.
10 What performer would you like to support?
John Cooper Clarke would be great, but the ultimate would have been Frank Sidebottom. Now that just would have been the most surreal gig ever, a Poet with a paper brain and a man with a paper head.
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