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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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An evening with Simon Armitage CBE

Monday, 22 October 2018

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Suitable for: Age 14+

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For our festival finale, Simon Armitage delves into his most recent collections of poems.

The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink, a world of unreliable seasons and unstable coordinates, where Odysseus stalks the aisles of cut-price supermarkets in search of direction, where the star of Bethlehem rises over industrial Yorkshire, and where alarm bells for ailing communities go unheeded or unheard. Looking for certainty the mind gravitates to recollections of upbringing and family, only to encounter more unrecoverable worlds, shaped as ever through Armitage’s gifts for clarity and detail as well as his characteristic dead-pan wit. Insightful, relevant and empathetic, these poems confirm The Unaccompanied as a bold new statement of intent by one of our most respected and recognised living poets.

Simon will also share work from The Flit, published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where he was poet in residence throughout 2017.

‘I wanted to think of myself as a visitor or immigrant to this place, investigating its customs, legends and traditions, wandering with a notebook and observing its latter-day comings and goings.’ Simon Armitage

Simon was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire, and is best-known as an award-winning poet, who also writes extensively for television, theatre and radio. His numerous awards include a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing for the BAFTA-winning film, Feltham Sings. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry and, in 2015, was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

Author photo credit: Wolfgang Webster.

Visit Simon Armitage’s website (external link).

The Unaccompanied book jacket cover.



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