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Poets & Artists
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire, has taught at several universities in the UK and the United States, and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published over a dozen collections of award-winning poetry including Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) and more recently Paper Aeroplane - Selected Poems 1989- 2014, covering twenty five years of published work. Armitage is also a playwright, novelist, song-lyricist and broadcaster, and his writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings and the drama-documentary Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster. His bestselling memoir Walking Home (2012) describes travelling the Pennine Way as a modern troubadour, and Stanza Stones (2013) records the project to engrave seven poems across the South Pennine watershed. In 2014, The Last Days of Troy, Armitage's visceral re-telling of the story of the Iliad, was performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and Shakespeare's Globe, London, and published by Faber. Simon was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004 and awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.
Photo: Paul Wolfgang Webster
Poetry Centre Stage »
Poetry Centre Stage
Sat 7 March 2015, 20:00 - 22:00
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium
Two of Britain’s most exciting contemporary poets will be making Poetry Centre Stage at an event which showcases the world’s best poets. The Jamaican-born Kei Miller garnered critical acclaim for his 2014 collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion for which he won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has been shortlisted for numerous awards both for his poetry and his prose work, including the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year.
Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s leading poets and perhaps one of contemporary poetry’s best-known faces due to his work in broadcasting, will bring the evening to a close. Armitage’s most recent collection, Paper Aeroplane – Selected Poems 1989-2014, covers twenty five years of published work. His work, from his translation of ‘The Death of King Arthur’ to his documentary Out of the blue, has won many prizes and 2010 saw him awarded a CBE for services to poetry
Round Table »
Sat 7 March 2015, 15:45 - 16:30
Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street
Simon Armitage has won numerous awards for his poetry, plays and broadcasting work and was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry. He has worked on projects as varied as translations of the medieval poems ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ and ‘The Death of King Arthur’ (his translation of which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot award) and writing a set of poems to be carved in stones at various sites in the South Pennines. This is a unique opportunity to hear him read to an intimate audience. Limited to 12 places so do book early.
This event is sponsored by St Leonards School
The StAnza Masterclass »
The StAnza Masterclass
Sun 8 March 2015, 11:15 - 12:45
Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room
Simon Armitage offers in-depth critique and comment on selections from poems submitted by participants. The session will also provide an opportunity for audience critical input.
To be considered for inclusion, send one poem up to 35 lines long in a single Word or RTF attachment to email@example.com OR post hard copies to Kathleen Gray, StAnza Workshops Officer, Flass Cottage, 98 Crosshill Terrace, Wormit, Fife DD6 8PT no later than 15th February, with name, phone number and email address and quoting the reference number on the event ticket. Those whose poems are chosen will be notified before 7th March.