Seamus Heaney Home

A Laureate Reading with Simon Armitage

‘A poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular.’ Sunday Telegraph

as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’ (The Times)
and ‘the first poet of serious artistic intent since Philip Larkin to have
achieved popularity’ (Sean O’Brien), Simon Armitage
is the current UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2015 to

A recipient of numerous
prizes and awards, his poetry collections include Sandettie Light
Vessel Automatic, Magnetic Field
 and his acclaimed translation
of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His latest
translation is another jewel of medieval verse: The Owl and the Nightingale.
Armitage also writes extensively for television and radio, most recently BBC
2’s A Pandemic Poem and his BBC Radio 4 series The
Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed.
  He is author of two novels
and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking
. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed
at Shakespeare’s Globe. A Vertical Art brings together
his vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of
Poetry. Armitage also writes and performs with the band LYR. In 2018 he
was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted
to welcome Simon back to the Helicon, following his sell-out reading during our
opening year. 

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