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Academic Enrichment - Simon Armitage

Friday 16 March
4-5pm, Concert Hall
FREE admission

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is a poet, lyricist and broadcaster, who also writes extensively for television, radio and theatre. He was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015 and is also Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds.

Armitage’s poems have been part of GCSE and A level exams for nearly two decades now. He has published a dozen collections of poetry including Paper Aeroplane and his new book, The Unaccompanied. His acclaimed modern translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has sold over one hundred thousand copies. 

Armitage's writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing; Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster and The Great War: An Elegy. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. Armitage is also the author of two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away.

The recipient of numerous awards, Armitage was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004 and awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

Whitgift is very much looking forward to welcoming Simon - please do join us for this talk if you are available. He will be reflecting on the nature of poetry and the life of a poet, whilst reading from his work, followed by a Q&A.

[Photo credit: Peter James Millson)

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