Discovering People: Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Thursday 22 March, 7.00pm

This spring we welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall.

Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire and is an award-winning poet and lyricist who also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio. A Geography graduate from Portsmouth University, he worked as a Probation Officer before becoming a full-time writer.

Armitage has won numerous accolades including a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his lyrics in the television film ‘Feltham Sings’. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Recently Armitage published his eleventh collection of poetry, ‘The Unaccompanied’. His best-selling memoirs, ‘Walking Home’ and ‘Walking Away’, recount trying his luck as a modern-day troubadour along the Pennine Way and SW Coast Path.

Armitage’s interest in the poetry of place is revealed by commissions to write poems that can be seen or heard in the landscape.

He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010. He is regarded as one of our greatest living poets.

Tickets: £10, RGS-IBG members £7. 020 7591 3100

Click here to book online on the Royal Geographical Society website .


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