Poetry Club: An Evening With Simon Armitage
(This is a past event and is no longer running)
Recently named UK’s 21st Poet Laureate, we’re delighted that Simon Armitage will join us for a special evening of live poetry on stage in our main auditorium as he reads from his latest collection, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic.
Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’ (The Times), Simon has published eleven poetry collections, two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers. In 2018, he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
The poems in Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic cover an array of subjects – sculpture, the environment, travel, drama, music and the media – displaying Simon’s versatility and wide-ranging interests. Stay on after the show for a drink in the bar where Simon will be signing copies of his books.
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Seeing Stars (2010), The Unaccompanied (2017) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012) and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In May 2019, Simon succeeded Carol Ann Duffy to become the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate.