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A Laureate Reading with Simon Armitage

Tel: 028 7938 7444

‘A poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular.’ Sunday Telegraph

Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’ (The Times) and ‘the first poet of serious artistic intent since Philip Larkin to have achieved popularity’ (Sean O’Brien), Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2015 to 2019.

A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, his poetry collections include Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, Magnetic Field and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His latest translation is another jewel of medieval verse: The Owl and the Nightingale. Armitage also writes extensively for television and radio, most recently BBC 2’s A Pandemic Poem and his BBC Radio 4 series The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed.  He is author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. A Vertical Art brings together his vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry. Armitage also writes and performs with the band LYR. In 2018 he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted to welcome Simon back to the Helicon, following his sell-out reading during our opening year. 

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