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date: 26 May 2020

Armitage, Simon Robert free

CBE 2010; FRSL

Born 26 May 1963

poet, novelist, playwright, song-lyricist, screen-writer and broadcaster; Poet Laureate, since 2019; Professor of Poetry, University of Leeds, since 2017


Writer of song-lyrics for film, Feltham Sings, 2002 (BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards, 2004). Professor of Poetry: Univ. of Sheffield, 2011–17; Univ. of Oxford, 2015–19. FRSL 2004. Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2018


poetry: Zoom!, 1989; Xanadu, 1992; Kid, 1992; Book of Matches, 1993; (with G. Maxwell) Moon Country, 1995; The Dead Sea Poems, 1996; CloudCuckooLand, 1997; Killing Time, 1999; Selected Poems, 2001; The Universal Home Doctor, 2002; Travelling Songs, 2002; Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, 2006; The Not Dead, 2008; Seeing Stars, 2010; Black Roses: the killing of Sophie Lancaster, 2012; Still, 2016; The Unaccompanied, 2017; New Cemetery, 2017; Flit, 2018; Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, 2019; prose: All Points North, 1998; Walking Home: travels with a troubadour on the Pennine Way, 2012; Walking Away: further travels with a troubadour on the South West Coast Path, 2015; plays: Mister Heracles, 2000; Jerusalem, 2005; Gig, 2008; novels: Little Green Man, 2001; The White Stuff, 2004; dramatisation: The Odyssey, 2005; The Odyssey: missing, presumed dead, 2015; libretto: The Assassin Tree, 2006; Hansel and Gretel, 2018; translations: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 2007; The Death of King Arthur, 2012; Pearl, 2016


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