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An afternoon with Simon Armitage

June 11, 2015, 2.00pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill, Lee Street, Uppermill OL3 6AE
Tickets: £8.00

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry including Seeing Stars (2010), his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) and, more recently, The Death of King Arthur (2012). Last year saw the 25th anniversary of Simon's first collection of Zoom and Faber marked the occasion by publishing Paper Aeroplanes: poems 1989-2014. His most recent work, The Last Days of Troy, published by Faber is a visceral re-telling of the Iliad story which has been performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Shakespeare's Globe, London and on Radio 4. His bestselling memoir Walking Home (2012) describes travelling the Pennine Way as a modern troubadour, wthout a penny in his pocket, giving readings en-route in village halls, pubs and living rooms. The sequel, Walking Away, in which Armitage swaps the northern, moorland uplands for the coastal fringes of Britain's south west is due out in mid-2015. Stanza Stones (2013) records the project to engrave seven poems on the South Pennine watershed. Armitage was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004 and awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

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