One of the nation’s best known poets ‘Simon Armitage’ to appear in Southport


Photo: Simon Armitage, Credit / Paul Wolfgang Webster

One of the nation’s best known, best loved and most popular poets, Simon Armitage,

Sunday 8th May 2016.

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Time; 7.30pm.

Tickets: £12.00 plus booking fee.

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Seeing Stars (2010, Faber & Faber) and Paper Aeroplane (2014, Faber & Faber). His translations of medieval verse include his acclaimed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2006, Faber & Faber). His new translation, Pearl, will be published by Faber in May 2016. Armitage’s poems have been part of GCSE and A Level exams for almost two decades. He is also the author of two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. The latter recounts his experiences of walking the Pennine Way and SW Coast Path as modern day troubadour giving poetry readings en route, singing, as it were, for his supper at inns and hostelries along the way. Armitage’s extensive writing for TV and radio includes the Bafta-winning Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious  Ivor Novello Award for song-writing. His BBC2 documentary The Great War: An Elegy and the recent BBC4 drama-documentary Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster. Following the success of his play The Last Days of Troy, Armitage’s new dramatic version of Homer’s Odyssey, commissioned by English Touring Theatre, toured nationally in 2015. Simon Armitage is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2010 he was made CBE for his services to poetry.

Broadhursts Book Shop, Market Street Southport will be selling books at the event for the book signing after the show.


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