His first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, was published in 1989 by Bloodaxe Books. Armitage’s many contributions to BBC Radio 4 include his co-hosting of Armitage and Moore’s Guide to Popular Song and his role as a reviewer for the weekly arts programme Front Row. ‘Walking Home’ by Simon Armitage (Faber £16.99 hardback / £12.99 ebook) ‘Selected Poems’ by Simon Armitage (Faber, £9.99) For his commitment and achievements in literature, Armitage has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University. Simon Armitage Simon Armitage's brilliant, hilarious, deadpan memoir of a lifetime's worth of gigs From punk to mod to New Romantic, and eventually to acclaimed poet, Simon Armitage writes about a life where music and poetry have been core. Remains – 2015 – By Simon Armitage (b. Those who walk a Life Path with Number 5 have an uncanny ability to understand the deepest esoteric & metaphysical teachings. [8], He has lectured on creative writing at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa, and was senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings. The poster absorbed more than two tonnes of air pollution before it was turned into multiple artworks and sold in aid of charity. His subsequent memoir Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-Star Fantasist (Viking, 2009) documents his life-long passion for popular music and his role as lead singer and lyricist with the band The Scaremongers. Simon Armitage was born on May 26, 1963, in the village of Marsden, in West Yorkshire, England. http://www.skyartsart50.tv/projects/thebrink/, For National Poetry Day on 1 October 2020, BT commissioned him to write "Something clicked", a reflection on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Armitage has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a major Lannan Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the Spoken Word Award (Gold), the Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme, Television Society Award for Documentary and Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. Enquiries: anya@blueflowerarts.com, Moon Country (with Glyn Maxwell, 1996, Faber & Faber), The Universal Home Doctor (2002, Faber & Faber), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006, Faber & Faber, 2008 Knopf), Seeing Stars (2010, Faber & Faber, 2011 Knopf), Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 (2014, Faber & Faber), Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (2019, Faber & Faber), Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems (March 2020, Faber), 2017 The Unaccompanied made a Poetry Book Society Choice, 2017 Pearl, winner of PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation, Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Scenes). These include "Homecoming", "Extract from Out of the Blue", "November", "Kid", "Hitcher", "Remains", and a selection of poems from Book of Matches, most notably of these "Mother any distance...". Prior to mainstream publication, Armitage published several limited edition pamphlets with small and local poetry presses, all now highly collectable. So what’s it to be then, a Morrissey song or an Armitage poem? For gold-escape from locks and chains. Kirsty McLachlan Simon Armitage is one of very few contemporary poets who has, through his verse, become a household name. The Shout, a book of new and selected poems was published in the USA in 2005 by Harcourt and shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. MA 01061 [19], In 2016 the arts programme 14–18 NOW commissioned a series of poems by Simon Armitage as part of a five-year programme of new artwork created specifically to mark the centenary of the First World War. Saturday Night (Century Films, BBC2, 1996) – wrote and narrated a fifty-minute poetic commentary to a documentary about night-life in Leeds, directed by Brian Hill. In 2012, it opened as a stage play at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and has since been produced as a BBC film, directed by Sue Roberts. I also want to find a way of including alphabet letters from other languages spoken in these islands such as Welsh, Urdu or Chinese, and to involve communities where English might not be the first language. … fax 845-677-6446 He received an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA. Northampton, Both The Universal Home Doctor and Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid were short-listed for the T.S. In 2004, Armitage was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours. This landmark event is generally recognised to be the biggest coming together of international poets in history. This week, he presents Art 50, an ambitious four-part series on Sky Arts that showcases 50 artistic interpretations of what being British means in 2019, from the likes of poet Simon Armitage and musician Nitin Sawhney. Armitage was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010 and presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry at the 25th Hay Festival in 2012. Guests included Testament, Maxine Peake, Lily Cole, Antony Gormley, Sam Lee, Melanie Plimmer, Jackie Kay, Laura Ashe, and Chris Packham; the programme broadcast on 27 May was made while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. He smiles then. [3], Armitage was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire,[4][5] and grew up in the village of Marsden, where his family still live. Previously, he taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University before his 2011 appointment as Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at the University of Falmouth. Published in 2007, it has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide to date and appears in its entirety in the Norton Anthology of English Literature. [42], In November 2019 Armitage announced that he would donate his salary as poet laureate to create a new prize for a collection of poems "with nature and the environment at their heart". Black Roses and the work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation contributed significantly to a change of UK legislation in the reporting of hate crime against sub-cultures. More recently, Simon Armitage wrote the poetic script for  Child in Mind (BBC 4, 2017), a  commissioned documentary featuring a groundbreaking new scheme in Hull called PAUSE, which aims to break the cycle of repeat care removals. From his West Yorkshire eyrie, you would imagine Simon Armitage carefully guarding his status as a detached poetic observer, seldom lacking warmth in his verse, but an outsider all the same. Simon Armitage: My life in travel 'The light in St Ives is absolutely beautiful' Comments Share your thoughts and debate the big issues. Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, chooses the eight tracks, book … Armitage has written two novels: Little Green Man (Viking, 2001) and The White Stuff (Viking, 2004). 8. The poetry collection Still premiered at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and has been published in partnership with Enitharmon Press. For coppers I can dance or sing. [17], For the Stanza Stones Trail, which runs through 47 miles (76 km) of the Pennine region, Armitage composed six new poems on his walks. Each poem was carved into stones at various sites along the South Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley. Wry as ever. He was a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester, where his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. Anya Backlund He is married to Sue Roberts. Walkers in the area can now use the Poems in the Air mobile phone app to unlock the opportunity to hear each poem at the site which inspired it. The poem is incorporated into the building "in the form of a letter-cut steel plate situated in the entrance to the auditorium, the 'event horizon'". Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, shares the soundtrack of his life. His works were widely anthologized and have been broadly popular. Jack Watkins spoke to the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, about writing, the environment and refusing to write about Brexit. Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. The Dead Sea Poems was short-listed for the Whitbread, the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. "[35], On 12 January 2020 Armitage gave the first reading of his poem "Astronomy for Beginners", written to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Astronomical Society, on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House. In 1999 Armitage was named the Millennium Poet. The poems are a response to six aerial or panoramic photographs of battlefields from the archive of the Imperial War Museum in London. PO Box 461, As a post-graduate student at Manchester University, his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. He is the author of five stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of Euripides' The Madness of Heracles. Give me the poetry, every time. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and educated at Colne Valley High School. This work was commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers Centre Norwich. 6. A few years ago, a new graveyard opened just up the road from the poet laureate’s … Enquiries poetlaureatecontact@gmail.com, USA [14] He was commissioned in 1996 by the National Theatre in London to write Eclipse for the National Connections series, a play inspired by the real-life disappearance of a girl in Hebden Bridge, and set at the time of the 1999 solar eclipse in Cornwall. It received Gold at the 2005 Spoken Word Awards. 5 turns the mystical into the norm. His choice of music (eight pieces to take to an imaginary desert island) was wide-ranging but the track he would save from a flood was David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream"; his chosen book was the Oxford English Dictionary, and his luxury a tennis ball. In 2019, he was elected Honorary Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. Eliot Prize. Simon Robert Armitage, CBE, FRSL (born 26 May 1963)[1] is an English poet, playwright and novelist who was appointed Poet Laureate on 10 May 2019. These included Human Geography, The Distance Between Stars, The Walking Horses, Around Robinson, and Suitcase. He won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. Their video has a sound track of the poem being read by Mark Addy, while the words also appear on screen. For his programme on The Odyssey, he sailed from Troy in Turkey to the Greek island of Ithaca. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Literary Agent DGA (David Godwin Associates) 2nd floor, 40 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4RX 0207 240 9992 To enquire: philippa@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk Media Enquiries Until 1994 he worked as a Probation Officer in Greater Manchester. Simon Armitage’s most popular book is Walking Home: A Poet's Journey. Developed in collaboration with Professor Tony Ryan at the University of Sheffield, it used air-cleansing nanotechnology embedded in a 10m by 20m (33ft x 66ft) poster-poem which was attached to the side of a city-centre university building. The broadcast created unprecedented feedback and listener-response. His other prose work includes the best-selling memoir All Points North, (Penguin 1998) which was The Yorkshire Post Book of the Year. Simon Armitage’s life path number is 5 Life Path Number 5 represent 'The Free Spirit'. It became a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the 2012 TS Eliot Prize. [2] He is also professor of poetry at the University of Leeds and succeeded Geoffrey Hill as Oxford Professor of Poetry when he was elected to the four year part time appointment from 2015–2019. mobile 619-944-9247 The Dead Sea Poems was short-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize and the TS Eliot Prize. 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Around this time he began writing poetry more seriously,[6] though he continued to work as a probation officer in Greater Manchester until 1994. In 2011 Armitage wrote the BBC Radio 4 docu-drama Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, about the murder of Sophie Lancaster and with the full co-operation of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. In Spring 2019, he held the post of Holmes Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA. [26], On 21 September 2019 he read his poem "Fugitives", commissioned by the Association of Areas of Natural Beauty, on Arnside Knott, Cumbria, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, during an event which included the formation of a heart outlined by people on the hillside. Blue Flower Arts, LLC The libraries are to be selected in alphabetical order: in March 2020 he is to visit places or libraries with names starting with "A" or "B" (including the British Library[44]), and so on until "W", "X", "Y" and "Z" in 2029. In 2000, he was the UK's official Millennium Poet and went on to judge the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Manchester Poetry Prize. He shoots a looter as a response to orders, but is unsure whether the man was armed or not. It was repeated soon after its original transmission and became the most re-requested of any programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2010. mobile 619-944-9247 He worked as a probation officer for six years before focusing on poetry. Other anthologies include Short and Sweet: 101 Very Short Poems, and a selection of Ted Hughes’ poetry. For silver-swallow swords, eat fire. Simon Robert Armitage, CBE, FRSL (born 26 May 1963) is an English poet, playwright and novelist who was appointed Poet Laureate on 10 May 2019. Many of Armitage's poems appear in the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) GCSE syllabus for English Literature in the United Kingdom. Jeremy Noel-Tod, "Profile: Simon Armitage". This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 23:45. A book, containing the poems and the accounts of Lonsdale and Hall, has been produced as a record of that journey[18] and has been published by Enitharmon Press. Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). [40][41], As of December 2020[update] Armitage is working with Brian Hill on a documentary with the working title Where Did The World Go?, which "examines life and loss in lockdown and binds the whole narrative with a new, overarching poem from Armitage". [6] During what his wife Sue described as "a bit of a mid-life crisis", Armitage and his college friend Craig Smith founded the band The Scaremongers. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. From 2009 to 2012 he was Artist in Residence at London's South Bank, and in February 2011 he became Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, a village in West Yorkshire, England. Morgan Green Creatives Ltd, To Book a Poetry Reading He was appointed UK Poet Laureate in 2019 Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). Armitage’s earlier dramatisation of The Odyssey, commissioned by the BBC, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004 and released on CD through BBC Worldwide. For over ten years, Armitage has been a regular guest on The Mark Radcliffe Show, first on BBC Radio 1, then BBC Radio 2 and more recently on the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 6 Music. His primary income source is from being Poet. It’s not as if I’m holding out [16] He is a vice president of the Poetry Society and a patron of the Arvon Foundation. Anya Backlund The Twilight Readings (2007) is an illustrated publication of Armitage’s first residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). 2. He worked with young offenders before gaining a postgraduate qualification in social work at Manchester University in 1988. Both are published by Faber & Faber. ‘Still’ became a WW1 centenary exhibition and then specialist illustrated book edition (Enitharmon 2016) which published Armitage’s sequence of poems in response to 26 panoramic photographs of battlefields associated with the Battle of the Somme, chosen from archives at Imperial War Museum, London. Simon Armitage’s life path number is 5. MA 01061 was a Poetry Book Society Choice. [31][32][33], "the event horizon" was written in 2019 to commemorate the opening of The Oglesby Centre, an extension to Hallé St Peter's, the Halle orchestra's venue for rehearsals, recordings, education and small performances. http://www.blueflowerarts.com He has made literary, history and travel programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4; and since 1992 he has written and presented a number of TV documentaries. 0207 240 9992 With Lauren Laverne. his bloody life in my bloody hands. "[45][46], In March 2020 Armitage launched a podcast, The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The opera’s narrative poem was published in 2019 by Design for Today with illustrations by Clive-Hick-Jenkins, who designed the puppets. From 2010 to 2012, Armitage worked with letter-carver Pip Hall and landscape designer Tom Lonsdale on the Stanza Stones project hosted by Ilkley Literature Festival. He published Zoom! Graham Short, a micro-engraver, meticulously carved the entire 51-word poem clearly onto a facsimile of a cancer treatment tablet. Propolis published New Cemetery in 2018. The film The Brink (2019), written and performed by Simon Armitage, was created for Art 50 to explore British identity and meditate on the relationship between Britain and Europe. He received an undergraduate degree from Portsmouth University in geography, followed by a master's degree in social work from Manchester University where he researched the impact of television violence on young offenders. The Manhunt Lyrics. 845 - 677 - 8559 Simon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of poetry and has received numerous honors for his work. Armitage is the first poet laureate who is also a DJ. Eliot Prize), both of which were published in July 2006. [6][56] He is a massive music fan, especially of The Smiths. He was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Simon Armitage has worked extensively in film, radio and television. 5. They have a daughter, Emmeline, born in 2000. He is a graduate of Portsmouth University, where he studied Geography. [6] He has an older sister, Hilary. The Brink looked at the British relationship with Europe, as envisioned from the closest point of the mainland to the rest of the continent - Kent. Armitage’s highly acclaimed translation of the Middle English classic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was commissioned by Faber & Faber in the UK and Norton in the US. Northampton, [51] He is married to radio producer Sue Roberts. Simon Armitage was born on May 26, 1963 in Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England as Simon Robert Armitage. [27][28][29][30], Armitage wrote "Ark" for the naming ceremony of the British Antarctic Survey's new ship RRS Sir David Attenborough on 26 September 2019. He wrote and presented Xanadu (1992), a 'poem film for television', broadcast by BBC television as part of the 'Words on Film' series, and his film about the American poet Weldon Kees was broadcast by the BBC in 1993. The Great War: An Elegy (BBC 2, 2014), written and presented by Simon Armitage, followed seven WW1 stories and featured the new poems they inspired. Flit (2018) comprises 40 poems and photographs by Armitage, who returned to YSP as poet in residence throughout 2017, its 40th anniversary year. He is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with "an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness. [38][39], Armitage read "The Bed" in Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2020 at the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the burial of The Unknown Warrior. Of all the doorways in the world to choose to sleep, I’ve chosen yours. EC1R 4RX PO Box 461, [57] Armitage is the lead singer of LYR, a band he is in alongside Richard Walters and Patrick J Pearson. The Universal Home Doctor was also short-listed for the T.S. As part of Britain’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad and while Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank, Armitage conceived and curated Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of world poets and poetry from every Olympic nation. Kid and CloudCuckooLand were short-listed for the Whitbread poetry prize. He subsequently served as a probation officer in Oldham until 1993. He is also a birdwatcher.[55]. For his commitment and achievements in literature, Armitage has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University. 7. Blue Flower Arts, LLC [43], In November 2019 Armitage announced that each spring for ten years he would spend a week touring five to seven libraries giving a one hour poetry reading and perhaps introducing a guest poet. Eliot. 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