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LIFE’S RICH TAPESTRY: SIMON ARMITAGE

When former probation officer Simon Armitage and Oxford Professor of Poetry was appointed UK’s Poet Laureate in 2019 his predecessor Carol Ann Duffy waxed lyrical: he had touched lives “with characters and subject matter that lived among us: teachers and council tenants, chip shops and television shows, figures who drank in the local pub and shopped in the nearby supermarket”.

Northerner Armitage has published ten full-length collections, translated Arthurian poems, retold
The Odyssey as a radio play, written Last Days of Troy for the Shakespeare’s Globe, and walked across England reciting poetry in village halls. Currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds, he reads from his work and discusses modern life while referencing the classics with Jack Tame.

Supported by Heartland Bank.

Sun, 17 May 2020

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