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Simon Armitage: The Poet Laureate In Conversation with Amanda Dalton

    Saturday 20th January 2024 • Hebden Bridge Town Hall • 7.30pm (Bar open 7pm) £15 SOLD OUT

    Photo credit: Peter James Millson

    Join Simon Armitage for a special evening of conversation woven with poetry, hosted by poet and playwright Amanda Dalton. Armitage will discuss his broad repertoire and how some of this work came about, be it award-winning poetry, ‘ambient post-rock’ lyrics, major public commissions or the popular BBC Radio 4 series The Poet Laureate has Gone to His Shed. He will read from a range of his work including his recent book Never Good with Horses, the first-ever collection of his lyrics which celebrates his ear for the music of language. He will answer questions from the audience and be available to sign books afterwards.

    Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme and Television Society Award for Documentary. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field: the Marsden Poems, and acclaimed translations of the medieval works Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Owl and the Nightingale. He is the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. A regular broadcaster, Armitage presents The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed series on BBC Radio 4. An award-winning dramatist, his play The Last Days of Troy was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. He writes, records and performs with the band LYR and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. His recent book Never Good with Horses (2023) features his song lyrics. Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019).

    Simon Armitage is Poet Laureate.