A reading of prose and poems, taking us from north west Iceland to the Brazilian rain forest to epic journeys across medieval Britain and ancient Greece, and including readings from the best-selling Walking Home, an account of his 265 mile walk along the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour.
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). Simon is also a playwright, novelist and broadcaster, writing extensively for television and radio. His bestselling memoir Walking Home (2012) describes travelling the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, without a penny in his pocket, giving readings en route in village halls, pubs and living rooms. Stanza Stones (2013) records the project to engrave seven poems on the South Pennine watershed. This summer, The Last Days of Troy, Simon Armitage’s visceral re-telling of the story of the Iliad story, opens at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and Shakespeare’s Globe, London, and is 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.
With Richard Fallas – baritone and Philip Mead – pianist performing ‘Tachograph’ by Simon Armitage and Diana Burell.
Simon will sign copies of his book afterwards.
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